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How to Paint Over That Ugly Bathroom Tile

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Below is our bathtub. We had plans to get rid of it as soon as we moved in, but then surprisingly we enjoyed using it! So now we want to keep it, but that 80s look just had to change!

how to paint over that ugly bathroom tile

Hmmm, the tile is in good shape, could I just paint the tile?? Well, yes, I could! Let me show you how to paint tile without removing it!

how to paint over that ugly bathroom tile

Last week I showed you how I did a bathroom cabinet makeover using paint, and the tub surround also got the same treatment.

For this post I painted ceramic tile with chalk paint. How in the world do you get paint to stick to shiny ceramic tile??? It’s all about that primer! I tried out a new (to me) product called Slick Stick. It makes paint stick to slick things.

how to paint over that ugly bathroom tile

First, I cleaned the tile using White Lightning; just sprayed and wiped with paper towels. 


Second, I applied Slick Stick. I used a Dixie Belle brush to apply. Once dry, I did a second coat of primer. It’s smelly so work in a well ventilated area. Remember the primer is the real to-how for painting tile! 

how to paint over that ugly bathroom tile

I let the primer dry overnight. Once dried, the flat finish was ready to paint!

For my base coat of paint I chose Midnight Sky. It’s an almost but not quite black color. Perfect for my stenciling vision. 

how to paint over that ugly bathroom tile

I painted two coats. A 16oz jar of paint covered the tub surround twice with extra to spare. The paint also dries quickly.

Here's where I almost panicked-Black Tile?!

I kept painting because I knew the best was yet to come.

how to paint over that ugly bathroom tile

Here's a sneak peak of the finished tile. Be sure to check back next week when I'll show how to stencil it all ( check here)!

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  • Marlene
    on Mar 1, 2019

    Cannthis paint medium be used in a shower stall where it can get wet?

  • Katherine
    on Mar 3, 2019

    So what did you seal the tile with after you did just insulae how are you able to wash your tile and now everybody's got to wash the tile around a bathtub more water it's got to be sealed somehow

  • Annie Saunders

    I want to paint tile left over from someone's finished job i got free. They arent wall tile, they are floor tile. Any suggestions on how to do those?

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