Painted Shower Tile

8 Materials
10 Hours

Hi, I'm Amber Oliver! I hope if you enjoy this project you'll also stop by my blog!

Tearing and replacing the tile in your shower is expensive, difficult, and time consuming! Not to mention the tools required to cut tile are pretty pricey too! While I wouldn't recommend a tile project for a beginner DIYer, this project is one you can do no matter your skill level! If you can read and follow directions, you can transform your dated tile shower with a little bit of PAINT!

I teamed up with a Hometalker in my community who had wanted to transform her bathroom for a while but needed a bit of help and guidance. With my help, we created a space she loved!

If you're in the Houston area, I can help you create this look for your home! Click here to see how I can help you & send me a message to get started!

*Be sure to read the product instructions in their entirety; but here's the run down!*

The first thing you need to do is clean the tile. Start with soap and water then use alcohol to remove any residual residue.

Next you'll scour the tile with the steel wool or 400 grit sandpaper

Now mesure out and mix up the cleaner then throughly clean the entire surface area with TSP

You'll repeat this process twice.

After the surface dries, you can tape off using painters tape. don't forget around your faucets!

Safety first! The epoxy has a strong odor so be sure you have plenty of ventilation and wear proper safety gear!

Now it's time to paint!

Use a roller to cover large sections of the tile, and a smaller paint brush to cut in around the edges.

Brush marks will start to level out and disappear after a few minutes.

Your first coat serves as a base so don't try to get full coverage just yet!

Your first coat must sit for 3 hours, then you immediately apply the second coat. If you don't get the 2nd coat applied within 1 hour of letting it set, you must wait 72 hours for the 2nd coat. You repeat the same time line for a 3rd coat if needed. 

Here's the product we used!

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The finished project totally transformed this dated blue tile!

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3 of 140 questions
  • Bird
    6 days ago

    I'm concerned about possible peeling??

  • BJ
    5 days ago

    Can you use this item to paint your tub?

  • Cheryl
    Just now

    I was wanting to get some TSP cleaner to use on our tile as well, you are happy with the results?

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  • Beth Sewell
    Beth Sewell
    4 days ago

    I used this product in 2001. After about 5 years, it started to crack and peel like sunburned skin. It is a quick fix for ugly tile. But does not last for the long term.

  • Christine

    I would have completely removed the towel bar and the fixtures. Now they are stuck with them unless they can find new ones that completely cover the unpainted surface.

    I think the tile just looks like painted tile. My neighbor did hers with epoxy and it was nothing special. Either replace the tile or leave it alone. Hers peeled after a few months. I know prep is important, but she did everything in the instructions and it still peeled.

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