How to paint tile.
You might be wondering why I ever got the idea that painting tile might be a good idea. Well…The top is my bathroom at it’s absolute best. About 2 weeks ago. I have been working at remodeling it…on a serious budget. And when I say serious, I mean, almost nothing.
Bathrooms are gross and stinky. No matter how much you clean them, they just never seem to be all that pretty and clean. At least when you have kids. And just eat away at the cash when you try to give them a makeover. They need all sorts of special sized containers and shelves, as well as special paints and such. Geez.
But, we found some ways to freshen and revive this bathroom for cheap! And when I say cheap…cheap!!
Okay, first up for me was the tile. It was in great shape and it seemed foolish to pull it down and put up new. But…I really, really, didn’t like it. It just wasn’t jiving with what I wanted to see while sitting on the pot.
So..I painted it.
Yes, it worked.
Yes, it was easy.
Yes, it was cheap.
About $25.00! And not even really that because I used the same white paint I used for the sink (which you can see if you click HERE)…
Here is a before. The tile is a beigey color…generic.
And frankly, a bit dirty looking.
I painted it white white.
And added a border of charcoal on the top 2 rows.
I used the same tile paint to also paint the sink and it worked fantastic! What a great difference! You can head over HERE to see the finished room.
Here are the paints I used… Rust-Oleum 7860519 Tub And Tile Refinishing 2-Part Kit, White (their special tub and tile 2-part version) and Martha Stewart. ,multi-purpose craft paint in charcoal.
That refinishing paint is stinky! And has a time limit that is has to be used within. But man…it works!
I used a basic craft paint for those top 2 rows. I plan to throw a coat of clear sealer on top of it. But I also bought several extra containers for touch-ups. This tile is so low-traffic that I can’t imagine it will need a lot of touch-ups. So far…it’s holding up ridiculously well!! I’ll keep you updated though!
Update: 3 years later and this paint is still holding up great! There is a bit of peeling around the sink faucet that I believe I would have avoided if I had removed it to paint rather than simply taping. The tiles have held up absolutely brilliantly!
Pretty darn impressive…right!!
A difference is made already just from painting tile!
Not bad…not bad at all!
Update: to see the finished bathroom remodel click HERE. It’s way cool!
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