Can you paint old 1950's bathroom tile?

by Deb24189506
Have the old pink 1956 bathroom tiles. Wanted to paint and know the best paint and steps to take?

  13 answers
  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jan 21, 2018

    You can, but be sure you really do your prep to keep the paint from flaking off. Talk to your paint store. They can tell you exactly what products and how to use them.

  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Jan 21, 2018

    They sell special tub and tile paint for painting tiles, especially in wet spaces:

  • V Smith V Smith on Jan 21, 2018

    If you paint the tile any color other than white it is going to look like painted over tile. Once the grout lines are gone you lose the look of tile. If the tile is in good shape consider living with the pink and finding a complementary color to use on the wall above the tile, in the towels, in the rugs, and in the shower curtain. You can design it so the pink just becomes a secondary color.

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    • V Smith V Smith on Jan 22, 2018

      Bummer. Too bad guys don't have the whole spectrum to work with. Try to talk him into white paint, it goes with everything and looks best.

    • Deb24189506 Deb24189506 on Jan 22, 2018

      Thanks Janet!! I certainly understand losing some of the appeal of losing the look of the grout. However, my grandson just bought his first home and it has those old 1956 pink tiles. He says they have to go LOL!! And he can't afford to remodel at this time.

  • Barbara moran Barbara moran on Jan 21, 2018

    Don’t paint, embrace the pink. I bought our 1965 home because of the three bathrooms. One was blue, one green and the upstairs one was pink.i loved them all !!!

    add some white. Make some pretty curtains. Add pretty towels and shower accessories and you will have people green with envy........ better make that pink with envy.

  • Barbara moran Barbara moran on Jan 21, 2018

    Our house is a 1956 not 65. Quirky fingers.

  • Nun32489822 Nun32489822 on Jan 22, 2018

    the best idea is to use a medium emery paper the type for rubbing down car paint and then use a quality gloss paint eric

  • Lauren Sorrells Lauren Sorrells on May 06, 2019

    Glad i found this. My house is 1956 as well. I wish our bathrooms had pink or green tile (like the house i grew up in)....but the people that built this house LOVED yellow..and brown. So our bathrooms have bright yellow and subdued brown tile  the kitchen has horrible bright yellow backsplash and counters too

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 19, 2024

    You can buy Tile Paint! You can also buy Tile Covers or Stick on Covers or Transfers, all do a great job of changing the look!

  • Dee Dee on Jan 20, 2024

    Yes you can paint the tiles but make sure you lightly sand and prime and use an epoxy paint. Pink is coming back into style. If it is in good condition, I would decorate around it.

  • Yes you can. Check in your local hardware or home improvement store for the right type of paint.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 22, 2024

  • Hi Deb! Yes, you can paint bathroom tiles to give them a fresh and updated look. However, there are some important considerations and steps to keep in mind when painting bathroom tiles.