Sarah’s lavender purple bathroom restoration — including her experience with Miracle Method to recoat the tub and counter top

retro-lavendar-bathroomOur recent tour of Sarah’s round house promised a closer look at her gorgeous purple bathroom — but Sarah’s lavender lavatory has not always looked so polished. When she first bought her round house, the bathroom was in dirty disrepair. Luckily, Sarah could see beyond the grime and fell in love — thus beginning her careful restoration. She found a toilet seat in the perfect shade of purple, had her “perma-dirty” original purple tub cleaned and coated in a clear gloss and even had the counter top coated in purple to match the tub. Read more about her experience engaging Miracle Method (vs. other recoaters) and see lots more of her pretty purple potty –>


Sarah’s purple bathroom before restoration.

Sarah writes:

This is probably my favorite space in the house! I love my lavender bathroom! It’s one of the more rare retro colors not loved by all, and I’m happy to preserve it. I found the purple toilet seat through Bemis. I had the paint color matched from the toilet tank lid for the walls. The yellowed counter top was coated purple. The purple tub had been scrubbed to death during its life and looked ‘perma-dirty’. The tub coaters super cleaned it and put on a clear coat. Now it stays lovely, has its shine back and is easier to clean.

Not all tub coaters are created equal. I know Pam doesn’t like to recommend this method, since it technically is just fancy paint and eventually wears or chips off. I had the local guys do the tub and vanity in my master bath first and was greatly disappointed in the quality of work. The counter top was coated three times because I made the guy fix his mistakes, so I know it’s not going anywhere, but the tub started peeling soon after.

lavendar-bathroomSarah was happy with Miracle Method — read her experience

The next time I needed work like this done, I called Miracle Method of Beaumont, TXand watching the man work was night and day compared to the previous company. They took the sink out to do the counter and did several layers then buffed it, then put everything back, and then caulked all the seams. They were also able to do any color I specified and worked on the purple counter several times to get the color just right.

It’s not often that someone requests to keep the color of their tub, most people are coating theirs white. So I was happy that they listened to my requests and worked with me on getting my purple tub looking better. The tub had been scrubbed with abrasive cleaners and no longer had its shine. Because of this it also looked dingy even after cleaning it. Whatever product they use to strip tubs before they coat them is most likely what they used to clean it. [After they recoated it purple] then they did several clear coats and buffed it smooth. I think it looks a million times better. Miracle Method also felt bad for me and fixed the peeling of my white master bath tub for free. I was very pleased with their work and would recommend them to anyone looking to do the same type projects. They can also coat tile and can fix any cracks or chips. I had a chunk missing on the purple counter top and they filled and sanded that out before the coating process.


hallmack-relaxation-unitYes, I do have an original Hall-Mack relaxation unit (which came with the house) in the purple bathroom. I have another relaxation unit in the garage that I might put in my blue half bathroom.

retro-room-dividerThe wall divider should be two more panels and another pole wider, but the bathroom isn’t big enough for all that so I used the extra panels as window screens. [Sarah told us that she found the wall divider at an estate sale.]

purple-bathtubAlso both bathrooms have these great/unique banquets for shampoo and shaving legs.


I also had to include this shot of Basil in the shower [in the other bathroom] — since it is his favorite place to be!

Sarah, the work you have done to preserve your rare lavender bathroom is just amazing. Thanks for being a decorating inspiration and for sharing your discovery with all of us. Retro Renovators have to be a determined bunch to find — or in this case create — all of the pieces needed for restoring their homes. You’ve put us one step closer to sparkle laminate.

I think Basil might need to be our official spokesbird — he is so cute and you can tell that he loves living in the round house with you.

Do you want to see another purple bathroom — check this one out, from the very early days of the blog.

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  1. tammyCA says

    So pretty and lavender is a relaxing color for a bathroom. Love the screen divider and genius to add the panels to the window. I’ve never seen a “relaxation unit” before…that would be a really great thing to replace the thermador wall heater we have in our bathroom…looks like the same size space. We’ve never used the heater (plus, it scares me) and it collects so much dust.

  2. Marta says

    I have to laugh! We used the Miracle Method to coat our lavender tub with white! The bath had all lavender fixtures, but was in such horrible shape (picture floor around toilet rotted so badly that you risked putting your foot through it if you got too close) that we had to get rid of everything but the tub.

    It’s been 13 years since we did it, and the finish is still going strong. Well, slightly yellow where my daughter put the bleach which she had been told never to use. Use only recommended cleaners!

  3. says

    Wow, great bathroom to start with and great job with the repairs and improvements. Glad to hear you found contractors to do the job right. The sinks should be removed when the counter top is resurfaced, it reduces the chance for future peeling. Glad to see such a special house end up with someone that appreciates it!

  4. Janet in CT says

    This is one of those kick-me emails. We had dozens of those room dividers where I worked in my father’s furniture store. We eventually took them all down and stored them in the basement. I would bet when we closed and the building was sold that they all got thrown out. Wish I had known…..

  5. Bob Connor says

    By any chance, did you get the idea for this from the Disney Epcot ride Journey Into Imagination with Figment, featuring Figment the purple dragon. A Figment statue or even plush would look just right in there.

  6. Andy A says

    I think this lavender bathroom is beautiful! The lavender really gives it a relaxing, calming atmosphere. There’s a perfect balance of white, chrome, and accent colors to compliment the lavender.

    I surely do miss color today! Everything new seems so drab in comparison to the rainbow assortment offered in the past. Sarah’s done a remarkable job on this bathroom!

  7. Kim says

    I love the purple. That is very much like the bathroom I grew up with. I have a window in my bathroom that I always struggle to find just the right curtain, the panel is perfect and I will look for something similar. Thanks for such great inspiration.

  8. says

    Love, love, love it!!! There is nothing prettier than a lavender bathroom, especially when the fixtures are lavender! (Well, Pink’s pretty close, too!! LOL) Using part of the wall divider on the window was pure genius!!

      • Roundhouse Sarah says

        I have to agree with Pam, I’d buy a pink toilet and sink it will last longer. I don’t even think they do toilets but a sink is possible. I’m very happy with my blue sink.
        But if you mean the tiles, well yes! I would love to hear their reaction to your request! I must say though, that when they coat the tile it coats the grout as well and gives the walls more of a plastic tile or faux tile paneling look. If that makes sense…

  9. Stephanie says

    A couple of years ago, I purchased a full purple bathroom set – tub, toilet and sink with hudee ring – on Craig’s List for $200. It was so cool. My husband and I were in the process of building a home and I fell in love with the pictures when I saw them on line. Unfortunately the house was never finished and that relationship ended and I no longer have the pieces.

    Now however, I have purchased a mid century home and it has the coolest bathrooms – one green and one blue – and built in planters and etc. Previous owners tried to ‘update’ it. So my fiance and I are working to un-do all the updates. To me, the best part, is the back wall that is a double sliding door. It’s a wall of glass and it is awesome.

    Your website has helped me win several arguments. Thank you for consolidating your research and making my research so much easier.

    • pam kueber says

      Thank you. Be sure to check that back wall double sliding door to see if it is tempered glass or not — consult with a properly licensed pro.

  10. Katie says

    I absolutely love it! I’m in the process of fishing up my 2 1966 bathrooms and have th exact same floors except in pink in the master, and in blue in the hall bath. I, however, have it fixtures. When we bought the house my husband said “well, at least we have a white toilet and bathtub”. After seeing this I almost wish our were colored! I will say after the week I’ve spend scrubbing and regrouting/repairing I rally believe that if more people knew how fantastic their grimy colored bathrooms could be made there would be a lot more colored bathrooms left in the world, and color makes me happy so that could only be a good thing. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Marjorie Newland says

    Perfectly gorgeous. Always liked purple and this beautiful shade is particularly soothing. Did Roundhouse Susan happen to mention how she attached the room divider panels to the window casings? Did she make a frame around the panel and then attach ?

    • Roundhouse Sarah says

      I have them just resting on the windowsill, easy to remove to clean. But for something more permanent and sturdy then your idea is right on track. Even clips for mosquito screens could work?

      • Marjie says

        Okay thanks. Always want to have lots of ideas for privacy type window treatments. …lol My husband (aka Mr.”Grace”) would somehow manage to knock it off the sill if he used that room. Thanks again

  12. Kristen says

    Hi Roundhouse Sarah, where did you get your shower curtain? PS I Looooooooove every post about your fantastic house!

  13. Roundhouse Sarah says

    Thanks Kristen!

    It was a Marshall’s find, so I checked out the tag and the brand name is Peri. I hope this helps

  14. Price says

    This is really far out…I have the same, exact shower curtain and last winter I painted the bathroom light violet. I would love to have matching fixtures, but right now my 50’s era bath is suffering from a glitzy 80’s makeover complete with grey lily tiles and a glass block window.

  15. Jackie says

    Awesome reno! Love everything you’ve done, but I really NEED that shower curtain! Where did you find it (and who makes it)? It would be perfect in my green 1960’s bathroom…..sigh……

  16. Scott says

    Hi Sarah

    I’m considering gettting a new colored fixtures and keeping my original 1954 tub but having it painted to match since its a bit dull anyway.

    Just curious to know if you are still pleased with your beautiful Miracle Method surfaces after living with them awhile… thank you! Scott

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