painting tile.

painting tile 

 You might be wondering why I ever got the idea that painting tile might be a good idea. Well…

Here is my bathroom at it’s absolute best. About 2 weeks ago.

I have been working at remodeling it…on a serious budget.

Bathrooms are gross and stinky.
And just eat away at the cash when you try to give them a makeover.

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)…

painting tile

Here is a before. The tile is a beigey color…generic.
And frankly, a bit dirty looking.

painted tile

I painted it white white.
And added a border of charcoal on the top 2 rows.

Here are the paints I  used… Rust-Oleum and Martha Stewart.


That refinishing paint is stinky, stinky.
And has a time limit that is has to be used in.
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!

Okay, here’s another picture of what painting tile can do…


Pretty darn impressive…right!!
A difference is made already just from painting tile!


So far our bathroom cash machine is ringing up at…



Not bad…not bad at all!

Update: to see the finished bathroom remodel click HERE. It’s way cool!

If you like this post, you might also like to learn how to create a lathe floor, or paint a sink, or upgrade an ugly door.

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  1. willy says

    Wow! you mean I can do away with the old green tlle I have! what about the tile floor to. This is my main bathroom so gets used everyday. What about my old porcelan tub. Would it hold up or that and the tile that is on the wall around the tub? If so I thank you for this!

  2. ROBIN says

    Great idea! We’d love to do this in our Cafe, but where’d you find this paint? Home Depot and the Rustoleum site only show the tub & tile kits.

  3. says

    Love your ideas! So it’s been over 18 months now. How is it all holding up? How about cleaning it? I saw on the sink thing that you clean it as you normally do, but what do you normally do? Specifically?

    I am seriously considering trying this. I have a 70s bathroom that is the pits. It is that awful brownish yellow mustardy thing and the floor is tiled with it as well as the walls and the tub and the toilet. It looks like a mustard factory vomited all over it.

    I simply cannot afford to replace all of that, but painting it… that’s an idea. Since my toilet is basically the same kind of stuff as the tile, I’m betting I could do that too.

    I just want to make sure that all my efforts won’t disappear in a year. This needs to last for a good long while.

    You did a GREAT job!

    • says

      It’s holding up well! One thing I didn’t do that I should have is remove the faucet and then paint. The paint is peeling from around the faucet because it didn’t adhere properly. I’m sure if I had removed the faucet first it wouldn’t be doing that.

      I would do it again, for sure!

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