Our bathroom tile paint project is one that we get questions about from time to time, so I wanted to check in with an update about that DIY project and let you know how the tile paint has been holding up…especially if you’ve been considering giving the project a try in your own home!
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Back in 2015, we renovated our upstairs hallways bathroom, which is used by our three kids. We did the whole thing for less than $2k, and it’s still one of my favorite bathroom renovation projects we’ve ever tackled.
One of the things that kept the cost down on that project SIGNIFICANTLY was using a Rustoleum product to paint the tub and shower surround, rather than ripping it out and buying new. For less than $100, we took the old tub and shower surround from a dated, dingy almond color (seen below) to bright white.
We wrote a post about the process, with some tips we learned as we went through the project. We also linked to some friends who have done the project in their homes, as well, if you’re looking for even more details.
If you decide to tackle the bathroom tile paint project, here’s what you’ll need.
Supplies Needed for Painting Tiles:
- Rustoleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit
- A touch up kit is also available and discussed in this post
- rubber or plastic gloves
- GOOD quality respirator/mask
- fans/open windows/as much ventilation as possible
- high/fine grit sandpaper
- paintbrush, angled 2.5-3″ or so (not a super expensive one…you’ll have to throw it out after this)
- painter’s tape
- paint roller (and tray) with foam nap
- cleaning supplies (as indicated on Rust-Oleum box)
So now, let me show you how the bathroom tile paint has fared over the past couple years in a bathroom that sees some heavy use! FIRST, I’ll show you the GOOD. THEN, I’ll show you the not-so-good.
The following are all images I took THIS WEEK, almost exactly 3 years following the initial application of the tile paint:
bathroom tile paint 3 years later:
Pretty awesome, right? It looks great!
The exterior of the tub, and all of the vertical tile surround for the shower/tub combo still looks AMAZING.
Feel free to look back at the shots I took of this project right after it was completed. They live on this post.
Here’s another shot of how the bathroom tile paint looks now…
NOW, for the not-so-good part. The tile paint in the bottom of the tub looked GREAT…until…
We decided to place an anti-slip mat in the tub. Our youngest was at the point where he wanted to shower instead of taking a bath, and we were nervous that a tub without a mat would be too slippery. We made a BIG mistake and put in an anti-skid mat that had suction cups on the bottom. Welp, that pretty much DESTROYED the finish…
Truthfully, even with the skid mat in place, the finish was doing fine because when I cleaned the tub, I was just leaving the mat in place. BUT then I got all fancy and hired a maid service…and they decided that in order to REALLY clean the tub, they needed to remove the mat. Fair enough.
It’s really my own fault since I didn’t even think to tell them to just leave the mat alone. Nonetheless, when that mat was removed, the bathroom tile paint was removed along with it ?.
Would you recommend bathroom tile paint? Would you do this DIY project again?
There you have it. The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And knowing what I do now, if you were to ask me whether or not I’d recommend this project, I’d say “HELL YES” I’d do it again! In fact, once we knock some other items off the DIY to-do list, I will probably spend $25 on another kit, and red0 just the tub portion. This time, I’ll just forgo putting an anti-slip mat with suction cups back in ?.
Is this bathroom tile paint solution perfect? Well, no. But many of us don’t have $6k (or more) to spend on completely demolishing and putting in a whole new tub and shower. So if you fall into that tight-budget crowd with us, I’d definitely recommend this! It’s a whole lot of bathroom bang for the buck.
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