Fighting the Yellow!

A few days ago I posted my frustration with our bathroom makeover. After we swapped out the ugly tile and put a coat of primer on the walls the tub and shower surround looked SO yellow. There were lots of swears involved.

Bathroom Makeover-2

I love using really bright true white, but I knew that if I did that in this situation that it would be a problem.  I also knew that it wouldn’t really be fair to the new owners if I painted a perfectly good bathtub surround, just because I wanted a specific wall color. As great as the painting situation would be, its not a permanent fix and I don’t want to have to force someone into a bathroom remodel 3-5 years down the road, just because I like white walls. Seems a little unnecessary yes?

Bathroom Makeover-3-2

So I pulled out my paint deck and found a white that was a little warm (so that it wasn’t competing with the tub) but not too warm (because the floor is a cooler light gray) and wouldn’t you know, the color I ended up with was Alabaster. The same white that I used in Brem’s nursery!

Here is a side by side of the primer/shower combo and the Alabaster/shower combo.  Obviously the whole point of this post is to talk color, but I’ll just say that other than lens correction and cropping there hasn’t been any changes made to the pictures.

Masking A Yellowed Tub


It looks SO much better than it did 3 days ago, don’t you agree?

Bathroom Makeover-1


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  • Michelle 03.03.2016 at 18:46

    It looks SO GOOD!!! It even looks wonderful with the floor, YAY!!!

  • kate 03.03.2016 at 18:57

    oh the battle of the paint….lord have mercy, I hate falling in love with a color at the hardware store, just to bring it home and the lighting is all wrong and changes the look of the color…frustration at its finest… i end up bringing home 7 paint samples and testing them on the walls for a week before i finally pick…and the left over samples die a slow death in my garage because ‘oh i’ll find a project i can use those for’ yeah like what project are you going to use ‘fontanta olive’ on, yeah probably not….

  • sheryl lord 03.03.2016 at 18:59

    the TUB looks good get a colorful shower curtain so you know you’re not in the middle of a blizzard.

    • MJ Noname 03.03.2016 at 19:26

      Good one, Sheryl. Lot’s of blizzard rooms out there in blogland……

  • Diane 03.03.2016 at 20:07

    It looks great! I’ve got a robin’s egg blue metal bathtub. I’d been thinking of glazing it white. But I’m afraid the reglazing won’t last.

    I don’t really think there is any wall color that would disguise the vivid blue.

    Does anyone have any ideas? I’d like to avoid putting in a new tub. But I really don’t think buyers will like the current one. It’s a kids bathroom.

    • Dawn 07.03.2016 at 16:03

      Could you just run with the blue? Paid the room white and then accessorise with blue and gold maybe?

  • Jen Shroyer 03.03.2016 at 20:14

    I think that old floor tile was reflecting some yellow around too. It looks much better now!

  • Dani @ Danielle and Co. 03.03.2016 at 20:30

    Great choice! It looks so much more natural, now – not a bad-yellow at all, just a nice cream. :)

  • Anne Pik 03.03.2016 at 22:23

    I voted! Good luck! Love all you do, so inspirational!

  • Haley from a Hint of Haley 03.03.2016 at 22:27

    Wow! I love it! My styles a bit less um… Modern-vintage? But I still love your style! And I really can’t tell, from the pictures, that it is or ever was really yellowed now that the walls aren’t as white. I’m so excited to see you work on this and to see how it turns out!

  • Emily 04.03.2016 at 00:13

    It’s wild how an undertone changes everything. I went to school for decorating and it makes me angry when my family paint their walls unsupervised.

  • Arielle 04.03.2016 at 01:55

    It looks soo good! The tub looks totally different with the new paint color. Well done!

  • Jolene 04.03.2016 at 21:28

    Looks great!!

  • Sam 07.03.2016 at 20:32

    The struggle is real! Everything that I’ve touched in my renovations over the past year has had this problem so excited to see that’s it’s not just me :) You inspired me to vent –

    I LOVE base white paint because it adds so much light and brightness but everything that is left unpainted looks ten times worse! I had the same issue in my bathroom with a claw foot tub that i didn’t want to re-paint because it was in great shape. The more frustrating projects for me are rooms with trim and doors that I swear change color after the paint goes up!

  • Sierra 08.03.2016 at 13:49

    Good job, looks good! Love that you’re letting the light shine through!

  • Leslie 16.05.2016 at 15:12

    Because of your awesome post I realized how yellow some PARTS of my jet tub look. The tub itself is still white but the jets and some plastic covers on outside are yellowed. Is there a good way to bleach or clean these? Or is there anything one can use to paint them?

  • Joe Ferguson 18.06.2016 at 10:25

    Those floor tiles sure add a nice contrast to it!


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