How to Paint Your Bathtub

2 Materials
3 Days

We had an ugly, dated bathtub when we first moved into our home, and rather than replacing it we decided to save some money and refinish it! This is a simple project that only takes a few days from start to finish, and it will totally transform your bathroom. It works on sinks, too! If you love this project, head over to my blog for more DIY projects and ideas.

Here's a peek at the dated and dingy before. The tub had a marble-y texture and plenty of stains! We decided to go ahead and paint the tile while we were at it, so everything would match.

Start by removing all of the caulk from your tub and the tile. You'll also want to remove the drain, if possible (if not, tape over it). Once you've removed the caulk, clean the tub thoroughly. You want to be the cleanest you've ever seen it! Sand the tub and tile to add some grit, then rinse it out and allow it to dry fully.

Once everything is completely clean, you're ready to paint! Use a foam roller or high-quality bristle brush and apply Rust-Oleum's Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit. You'll paint just like if you were painting a piece of furniture. Once you've applied your first coat, allow it to dry for about 2 hours before applying the second. After the second coat, give everything 3 days to fully cure, and then you're good to go!

See the full blog post for more details, photos, and a couple of notes on the smell and how to prepare for it!

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  • Sherris Sherris on May 19, 2019

    Guess I'm out of luck. I don't have 3 days to dedicate to this job as I only have one bathtub/shower. I'd be a bit dirty if I couldn't use my bathtub for that long, but it's a great idea.