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. Mary says

    This is wonderful! I’m not normally a fan of colored fixtures, but this purple is great. I love the wall divider and the way the extra panels are used as a grill on the window. It looks like it belongs there.

  2. Roundhouse sarah says

    Correction! The tub was never coated purple! That is the original purple color. I had them simply do a clear coat!

    • Roundhouse sarah says

      Also, I thought I should warn you guys. Looking at before and afters on Miracle Methods website may lead to fits of anger/crying.

  3. Heather S says

    This is one of my favorite rooms featured on the page so far, I just love it! The room divider/ window screen is a fantastic idea, it looks great in there. Thank you so much for sharing, this is inspiring!

  4. Janet in CT says

    Fantastic! I especially love the Hallmack “relaxation” unit and the slanted vanity. All so perfect for the time period! Are those mirrors original? I think I spy rosettes used to mount them in each corner. I think that is a special effect that really adds to their look. When I was a teen, we had a neighbor who used this color in her entire house, right down to finding long fireplace matches with PURPLE tips! That’s the first time I ever saw that color used in decorating and I have loved it ever since then. I am so happy to see you saved your bathroom – great job! Now tell us, did the Miracle Method people think you were a bit nutty to preserve it all?

  5. Michael says

    This is absolutely lovely! How great that you put the time and effort into restoring this bathroom rather than keeping up with the decorating zombies and gutting it!

  6. Wendy M. says

    I love the room divider! What a great find. The tub and countertop look great, too- it’s wonderful you were able to repair rather than replace.
    (My in-laws also have lavender bathroom- my husband grew up using it.)

  7. Olivia says

    Does the Miracle coating have to be treated the same as other coatings, i.e. careful not to drop things on it, no suction bath mats, etc?

    • Roundhouse Sarah says

      Yeah I would think so. It does come with a 5 year warranty which is pretty darn good. But I find that if you wipe down your tub after every use there’s never any soap scrum or hard water to scrub and you should enjoy a coated tub for years.

  8. Ranger Smith says

    I’ve used Miracle Method and one other co to recoat my tub and sink. I think Miracle Method provides a more durable coat but still, no abrasives can be used to clean. I’d use them again.

    • gsciencechick says

      Same here. Ours was recoated through Miracle Methods nearly 7 years ago and still looks great. We only use mild cleaners. This is our only shower/tub in the house, so it gets lots of use. They were also able to put on a nonskid mat.

  9. Maryanna says

    What a fantastic space! It looks so clean and new and pretty…and HUGE for a midcentury bath! Congrats on your beautiful find. I hope you enjoy years of use from your project!

    • Roundhouse Sarah says

      Lol! I think the appearance of being large is just camera trickery. It would be considered small by ‘House Hunters’ standards! : )

  10. Paula says

    What a lovely lavender lavi! I have a friend with a purple potty, which I love, and it is interesting to watch people react; they either love it or hate it. Great work helping it realize its potential!

  11. oh Holland says

    Very effective, choosing to coat the countertop purple and leaving the basins white. The eye doesn’t pick up a disparity in fixture colors … the large areas of tub/counter/toilet have enough matching hues for a harmonious look.

  12. Jay says

    Looks nice! Compliments to you in persevering to obtain the results you wanted. I laugh when I see Basil birdie because all I can think of is Basil Fawlty!

  13. Robin, NV says

    Sarah – this is just great! It gives hope to all of us with colored bathrooms. You’re right, lavender isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I really dig you bathroom and kudos for preserving it.

    Do you know your house’s history? I bet the original owners were real characters.

  14. Carolyn Self says

    I love it. I just bought a house with a lavender bathroom. Mine is lavender tile on walls and floors. The toilet was old and nasty (white) and I actually found a lavender toilet at HH. The tub in mine is original and white, but clear coating is something I had never thought of. I’m getting pumped, we a set to close on ours on Friday!

    Roundhouse Sarah, what is the countertop made

  15. says

    Regarding bathtubs. When I bought my house the bathtub developed a stain near the drain. The result is a discolored coarse spot and I have been always wondering if it can be buffed out with 3M black car polishing stuff.

    Has anyone tried this?? Buffing out stains or at least getting the surface smooth again???

  16. Lisa Compo says

    I think it is absolutely beautiful. The lavender has a touch of romance to it and is outstanding because you don’t see it all the time like the blues and green and our beloved pinks. There are so many features I am crazy about, the relaxation unit, the angled vanity and the choice of shower curtain really makes the room, adding just that touch of print. You have done a wonderful job of it. I really enjoyed looking at your pictures, thanks for sharing them and thanks to Pam for the feature.

  17. says

    Editor’s note — this is from Shannon who works for Miracle Method:

    Thank you for sharing your bathroom transformation and for mentioning Miracle Method on this post. Miracle Method has been transforming bathrooms like yours for over 34 years. We also do kitchens, tile floors and even commercial work for hospitals, hotels and colleges. While many of our requests are to make colored bathtubs white, we think your retro room looks fantastic! You have great style and have chosen great accent pieces to bring the room together.

  18. Mary Elizabeth says

    Sarah, what a great job! Everything in your house is extra special. I love the idea of clear coating the tub. I had no idea they could do that. Maybe in another 25 years my 1959 pink tub will need resurrecting in that fashion. The shower curtain is absolutely perfect, and if I were you I’d follow that other person’s advice and go buy another one (maybe on sale) in case it wears out. It’s hard to believe you could find another shower curtain that matches your bathroom so well.

    I’ll bet Basil loves to fly around in circles up by the windows in your round house.

    • Roundhouse Sarah says

      If I ever catch Basil doing that he’ll be in a heap of trouble! Lol but when children come over they do enjoy running around in circles in the hallway!

  19. Scott says

    That’s soooooo beautiful and a perfect example of why there is no need to fear bold color.

    And speaking of colors, color me green with envy over that divider screen that also became a window screen! That is stunning as well as totally original looking.

  20. John says

    Okay, i dont care for purple in any of its shades, this is a really cool bathroom and I give you all the credit for preserving it its not common. One thing… i LOVE using the room divider in the window. THAT is truely inspired. I love creativity! Even though im not a fan of putrple, i am a fan of this bathroom.

  21. says

    Wow, Sarah, that looks great—and I’m glad your second contractor did a much better job for you. The purple in the tub looks so good—I’m sure it looks brand new!

    Happy to see Basil enjoying the (other) shower—all of the parrots and small birds I’ve had seemed to like the shower as well. It was always funny when they wanted their bath, too! Enjoy your beautiful lavender bathroom!

  22. Teresa says

    We had the original tub in our 1956 green tile bathroom refinished by Miracle Method of Dallas Tx last year, at the recommendation of a contractor we know. We were MORE than pleased with their employees and the finished product. It was in bad bad shape – but we didn’t want to remove the tub and disrupt the tile, walls, etc. It’s been over a year and we still talk about how nice it looks and the transformation. Easy to clean, and showing no signs of wear or peeling. It was very reasonably priced also. Thanks to Retro Renovation we also learned where to get replacement green tiles we needed to do a repair job and so our ’56 bathroom remains original!

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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…..

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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…

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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

  34. Kristen says

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

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. 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……

  38. 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

  39. Jen says

    Hi Sarah!
    Would you be interested in selling your extra relaxation unit, by chance? We are restoring our bathroom and would love to find one to out in there!
    Thanks so much,

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