Updating the Powder Room With Painted Tile

Urban Acreage
by Urban Acreage
8 Hours
We refreshed our powder room by painting the out-dated wall tile. The transformation was amazing, yet so affordable and easy - anyone can do it!
First, I cleaned the tile using a de-greasing spray and let it dry over night. Then, I painted the drab old tile using oil based primer, followed by two coats of oil based paint. I don't use oil based paints often, but I needed something that would stick really well and deliver high shine. If you try painting tile, you should definitely open all the windows and wear a respirator.
I also painted the trim around the window black and hung an antique stained glass window. The stained glass obscures the view inside the bathroom and it faces our backyard, so privacy shouldn't be an issue.
For the over toilet shelf, I stained an old wine crate and screwed it to the wall using the same holes as the previous shelf.
The side-by-side comparison makes me so happy! We thought about tearing out the tile and replacing it with drywall, but I'm so glad we didn't! Painting the tile was a much easier (less dusty!) solution and I LOVE the way it turned out.

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  • Mandy Smith Mandy Smith on Jan 27, 2016
    Looks great, love that window, is it just hung there in front of the old window or is it the window now?

  • Barb Lesiak Barb Lesiak on Jan 28, 2016
    Was your tile plastic or ceramic? Does it make a difference?

  • Shirley Barnett Shirley Barnett on Mar 15, 2018

    Your old ceramic tile looks just like mine although I can't tell the color of yours. Mine is a pinkish color and I hate it. What color was your old tile?

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  • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Apr 03, 2016
    So bright, looks so fresh and airy. Just lovely!

  • Jojo Jojo on Jun 22, 2018

    Now this is what going from drab to fab really is! Good job!!

    Can't wait to see your next project.....