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!

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!

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.

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! 

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. 

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.

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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  • Teg Teg on Jan 08, 2021

    It’s beautiful! Your first coat was Slick Stick. Your second coat was just a regular primer?

  • Lori Gillenwater Lori Gillenwater on Jan 09, 2021

    Its absolutely beautiful! But how do you get it to stay that way? Wouldn't the moisture alone lift the paint from the tile, besides having to clean it on a regular basis?

  • Sabine Sabine on May 16, 2021

    Does anyone know how well this will hold up to the moisture in the shower?


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