How To Paint Tile That's Durable: Bathroom Makeover Part One

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How To Paint Tile That’s Durable: Bathroom Makeover Part One

Easily update outdated tile & flooring with this simple paint method

This post is sponsored by Beyond Paint

My favorite kinds of DIYs are the ones that make a big difference on a little budget!

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We have been living in & renovating our farmhouse for just over a year now & we have made so much progress, but there is a room that has been untouched…

Our half bathroom has remained exactly the same since we moved in & it is time for a change y’all!

Let me show you what we are working with:

bathroom renovation before

Have you ever seen such a vibrant lime green 😅

It’s not a huge space but it does need a lot of work, luckily it’s all cosmetic.

I have big plans for this space but a small budget so lets start with the two most important parts: the floors & the walls.

Paint is an easy & budget friendly way to update any space & I have found a paint that will work on both, Beyond Paint!

Bathroom Makeover: Painting Walls & Tile


-Beyond Paint (Licorice & Bright White)

-3/8 Nap Roller

-Small Brush


Prepping The Space

We started by getting the space ready for the makeover by removing the toilet & sink.

If you don’t plan on replacing the toilet or sink you can leave them in place & work around them.

bathroom before makeover lime green walls

We also scraped the popcorn ceilings, you can see that tutorial here.

Once the toilet & sink were removed we started working on the baseboards & door trim.

bathroom before makeover lime green walls

The plan for the walls is to add tall board & batten, add thicker baseboards, & new door trim.

wall prep for paint

Once everything was removed I filled in all the nail holes & imperfections on the walls.

Then I deep cleaned the bathroom to removed all the dust from the walls & floors.

Painting the Walls

Finally it’s time to say goodbye to the lime green!

The trim boards will all be installed later, but first the walls need to be painted.

I am going bold in this bathroom, painting the walls and trim Beyond Paint’s Licorice color!

Beyond Paint isn’t normally a “wall paint” brand, but because I will also be painting the board and batten the same color it seemed like the perfect choice for the walls too.

wall prep for paint

It is a true, rich black paint & the best part is I don’t need to prime the walls first!

Beyond Paint is a primer, bonder, & finisher all in one which is exactly what we needed to tackle this lime green.

painting walls black

I used a 3/8 nap roller to coat the walls in Licorice.

Y’all I will be honest I did not think any paint would be able to cover this lime green without primer, but the Licorice covered the lime green completely in just two coats!

painting walls black

It’s slightly textured making it perfect for hiding imperfections & filled nail holes.

I am also super impressed with how even the coverage is, black is not the easiest color to paint on walls but Beyond Paint self leveled amazingly.

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Prepping The Floor

Before I started adding the actual trim pieces I decided to tackle the floor.

prepping floors for paint

I used Krud Kutter to degrease the floor & remove any residue.

prepping floors for paint

Prepping the floor correctly is a main factor in getting the paint to bond correctly so that it won’t chip.

Base Paint Layer

After it was oh so sparkly clean & dry I rolled on the first layer of Licorice paint.

painting tile flooring

Make sure you are really pushing the paint into the grout lines, even using a brush to dap it in if necessary.

Here is how it looked after just one coat:

painting tile flooring

I let this layer dry overnight before doing one more coat of the black Licorice.

painting tile flooring

Once that layer was dry it was time to add the design to the tiles.

Adding The Tile Design

painting tile flooring

You can purchase a stencil or use tape to create a pattern you like.

I used a Cricut machine & stencil vinyl to create my own diamond shaped stencil.

painting tile flooring with stencil

Next, I stuck my stencils onto the dry tiles & used a brush to dab the Bright White over them.

painting tile flooring with stencil

My best advice for stenciling is to make sure there is not too much paint on your brush & use a dabbing motion for applying the paint.

The Bright White is the perfect contrast to the Licorice paint!

Sealing The Tile

painting tile flooring with stencil

After 24 hours I rolled on a light layer of the Beyond Paint Sealer.

This sealer self levels & provides heat/water resistance!

The key is to make sure you are not applying too thick of a sealer layer, it’s better to do two thin coats than one heavy coat of sealer.

painting tile flooring with stencil

The satin sheen of the sealer gave the tiles exactly the finish I was hoping for.

Beyond Paint cures to a durable & washable surface making it more durable than other paint!

Board & Batten

How To Paint Tile That's Durable: Bathroom Makeover Part One

Now that the floor is all wrapped up, It’s time to finish the trim work on the walls!

I went with a tall board & batten configuration because this look is timeless & makes the ceiling look so much taller.

installing tall board and batten

After the battens were installed, sanded, & caulked I painted all the trim work in Licorice.

installing tall board and batten

I used the same nap roller to apply the paint & a small brush to get into the crevices.

installing tall board and batten

Where the board & batten stopped I applied this charming vintage wallpaper!

Half Bathroom Partial Reveal

installing tall board and batten

Never doubt the power of paint!

The first phase of this half bathroom makeover is complete & I could not be happier.

How To Paint Tile That's Durable: Bathroom Makeover Part One

You would never know these walls used to be a daunting lime green!

The flooring looks completely updated & adds fun character to the space.

Plus painting them rather than demoing them saved me so much time and money!

How To Paint Tile That’s Durable: Bathroom Makeover Part One

I am super impressed with the coverage of Beyond Paint & so thankful I didn’t have to spend extra days priming my life away 😅

It only took me 3 quartz of the Licorice paint to cover the walls, trim, & flooring!

How To Paint Tile That’s Durable: Bathroom Makeover Part One

The next phase of this renovation will involve plumbing our new bathroom fixtures (right now they are just placed in their respective spots) & adding new lighting!

Let me know what you think of our bathroom renovation so far & what flooring is on your list to makeover.

Follow along with the half bathroom renovation progress here!

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  • Mab Mab on Nov 07, 2022

    Can you actually use the toilet ?

    Looks like the step stool and large plant in front of it would make it impossible.

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