Painting Tile

I have gotten several e-mails about the painted tile in my daughter's bathroom so I thought I would give some details about the process.  When we bought our house, there was so much work that needed to be done that the thought and cost of gutting the two existing bathrooms was more than we could handle.   Fortunately, our architect, Ashli Slawter, suggested some simple and inexpensive ways to update the bathrooms without having to gut them.  One of her suggestions was to paint the gray and green tile in my daughter's bathroom.  

Once I convinced my painter to tackle this project, we were in business.  The first thing they did was to lightly sand the tile.  Next they thoroughly cleaned the tile.  The tile was then sprayed with a Sherwin Williams adhesions primer like this one. 

Up until this point, everything was going very smoothly.  The next step was to spray on the paint.  Our painter used a Sherwin Williams latex paint for the next two coats.  The first coat was sprayed on and then everyone left for the day.  I came over that evening to check on everything and was not happy with what I saw.  The paint was running down the wall in quite a few places.  I completely over-reacted and called our contractor in a panic.  The next morning the painter showed up and they had to re-sand the spots where the paint had run.  Another light coat of paint and everything was looking much better. 

This is how the bathroom looks now.  

Here is a picture of how smooth the paint looks after being sprayed on.  

This is a picture of a spot on the wall where the painting is not perfect.  You have to look very closely to notice.

Here is a close up of the tile that was previously two different colors.  Above the border, the tile was gray and below the border the tile was green.  You can't tell now, right?

I was holding up the mirror to make sure it was going to fit and I dropped the corner of it and it scrapped a bit of the paint off the wall. The mirror was heavy and hit the wall pretty hard.  That is the only place where the paint has chipped. 

This is how the bathroom looked before we bought the house.  Most of the tile was gray and there was a green tile border at the top and bottom. 

Here is a lovely picture of the bathroom all torn up and waiting to be put back together.

And one more time, this is how the bathroom looks now. 

It is not recommended that you paint tile that gets wet repeatedly.  Only the tile walls in my daughter's bathroom were painted.  The gray tile in the shower was left alone.   

I am certainly not an expert on painting tile, but hopefully you found this information helpful.  

Lastly, as a little reward for my faithful followers, I will be announcing a great giveaway on Monday.

Be sure to stop by on Monday for all the details.  Enjoy your weekend!


  1. I just think this is the sweetest little girl's bathroom! I remember seeing it when you first posted pictures of your home, and I'm still smitten when I see it. The pink mirror frame is a great touch (in addition to all of the other changes of course!). I'd like to just pack it up and take it to my house - it would fit in with my daughter's decor perfectly. :-)

  2. Thanks for the details on painting the tile. My bathroom is pink tile that's just begging to be painted, so it's great to hear that it's worked for someone else :) www.janeandeugene.blogspot.com

  3. Wow, I did not even know you can paint tile! It looks fantastic!

  4. Wow! Looks great! My sister has been toying with the idea of painting her tile...I will have to share this with her! Have a great weekend!

  5. Yay, I saw you on Emily A Clark - how fantastic is that?!

  6. Hey, this is great! I linked it to my tile post today too, fantastic job!

  7. Andrea, I linked to this post today! What a difference paint made in this bathroom! Love a good before & after!


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