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« on: January 07, 2008 07:33:18 AM »

My great idea for remodeling my bathroom is to paint the upper walls a creamy yellow and to decorate with that old glass with the dark blue desings on them. I have found a shower curtain that's the dark blue to match. The bathroom walls have the old school tile about 4 ft. up. Luckily they are white and not pink or green. I'd really like to gloss them the blue color. Is this possible?
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2008 08:17:41 AM »

Sure you can. You can paint most any surface as long as you prep, and paint it correctly.

To paint ceramic tile:
  • clean the tile with some kind of degreaser
  • if the tile is super gloss, you will need to scuff it a little. For this use a fine grit sandpaper (100 - 120 grit).
  • Use some brand, any kind of water based bonding primer. You can find this at Lowe's or any home improvement place.
  • To paint use any good brand of water based paints. Use as many coats as you need to get the coverage. Let dry completely.
  • Use a good low sheen finisher/sealer. Apply 2 - 3 coats and let dry between each one. Then allow to set for about 2 days.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2008 08:22:42 PM »

I would have to say no. I've seen painted tile and well, it looks like painted tile. And there is no way to scrub it without taking off the finish. It's no way near as durable as the plain tile is. And if it starts looking crappy you're screwed because good luck getting the paint off the grout.

I always recommend that people decorate around their tile instead of the other way 'round. You can make the most dated tile look intentional and fabulous if you do it right.
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008 08:28:25 PM »

Sure you can. You can paint most any surface as long as you prep, and paint it correctly.

To paint ceramic tile:
  • clean the tile with some kind of degreaser
  • if the tile is super gloss, you will need to scuff it a little. For this use a fine grit sandpaper (100 - 120 grit).
  • Use some brand, any kind of water based bonding primer. You can find this at Lowe's or any home improvement place.
  • To paint use any good brand of water based paints. Use as many coats as you need to get the coverage. Let dry completely.
  • Use a good low sheen finisher/sealer. Apply 2 - 3 coats and let dry between each one. Then allow to set for about 2 days.

Great instructions!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2008 04:38:41 PM »

Great instructions!!

Thank you ma'am Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2008 06:07:12 PM »

I've got painted tile on my bathroom floor, and it's horrible!  Granted, it was probably done by my apartment's maintenance crew, and while they painted in several coats (I can tell because they're slowly peeling away, one by one, in certain spots), I don't know if they sealed it, or what with, though I was assured that it was a tile-specific paint.  Paint just can't stand up to the chemicals that the body produces, or that are in cleaning products.  Latex paint will peel off (as mine is), and water-based paint will not wear well with regular cleaning.

If the tile is not in a tub/shower or toilet area, you could probably paint it as described above, as you'll most likely only be cleaning it with a damp cloth.  If you do choose to do it, keep in mind to use a sponge brush.  A friend of mine has a painted tile wainscot in her kitchen (which admittedly wears fine; it's not near the sink, though), but she used a regular bristle brush on it, and you can see the texture in the paint...it's not attractive at all.  Also, if you have a small, hidden area (behind the sink, maybe?) where you can test a patch first--it might be a good idea.

Good luck!  (Oh, and in my humble opinion, white would work well with yellow and blue; it makes a very fresh and invigorating combination.)
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2008 12:05:31 PM »

I've done a lot of tile work and love it--in fact, I bought a kiln and handmade tile for my bathroom! But in cases where I wanted to cover up existing tile, but not re-tile, I used a concrete coating over the tile, embossed the patterns I wanted into the concrete, and then stained using acid stain over the concrete. The whole thing then gets coated with waterproof clear coating. I'm new so I can't post pictures yet, but will do it later if you're interested. I know it sounds complicated but it really isn't. The mix for the cement was fairly inexpensive, the stains were inexpensive, too. The most time consuming part was taping off the tub so I wouldn't drip into it. I made a template for embossed areas for my bathroom out of a thin layer of flexible foam (cut it with Hot Wire Foam Factory tools--my husband makes them!  Kiss) I did sand castles in my bathroom and sea shells in his. The staining in these didn't come out exactly like I wanted, but I could always do it over again if I want. Anyway, it's an idea for covering old tile that you don't want any longer, and I like it that I can create curved corners so there isn't any place for mold to collect, making it easier to clean.
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2008 03:39:46 PM »

Thanks,HSG, for the how to paint instructions! My floor is old,worn,no other choice but to paint.50 year old house,tiny bathroom.If it'll need to be redone a few years down the road,so be it! I was toying with the idea of getting some indoor/outdoor carpeting(teeny tiny bathroom,remember?),but I like the idea of painting it.
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2008 05:12:36 PM »

Thanks,HSG, for the how to paint instructions! My floor is old,worn,no other choice but to paint.50 year old house,tiny bathroom.If it'll need to be redone a few years down the road,so be it! I was toying with the idea of getting some indoor/outdoor carpeting(teeny tiny bathroom,remember?),but I like the idea of painting it.

You're very welcome! And if you need specific brand names I'll be happy to send a PM. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2008 07:23:41 PM »



You're very welcome! And if you need specific brand names I'll be happy to send a PM. Smiley
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I'd like to take you up on that, although I won't be painting until it's warm enough to open a window or two.I started revamping it late last year,and I'm getting inspired to get back to it.Thanks!
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