Anyone have experience with painting tile?

Jennifer Adams
by Jennifer Adams
I am finally getting around to handling this bathroom that is stuck in 1964. I want to paint the tile and I’m not very experienced in home updating and I need to do this as affordable as possible. I also want to replace the vanity and mirror and the light above the mirror afterwards. I’m not even sure how to remove the vanity. Any help is greatly appreciated!!
q anyone have experience with painting tile
  10 answers
  • Terri Krys Terri Krys on Jul 04, 2018
    We used Valspar bonding primer sealer. You can get it from Lowe's. Paint the tiles with that first. I used a smooth surface roller cover. After that dries paint as usual. I used a satin wall paint. Worked perfectly!

    • OceeB OceeB on Jul 04, 2018

      can you add a before and after picture please.. interested in this!

  • Lynn Ashcraft Lynn Ashcraft on Jul 04, 2018
    I've painted tiles and really have never been too pleased with the finish. The light is easy - wire up the new one same way as the old one - the mirror, give it a new look by putting a frame around it - the vanity is likely screwed to the wall. Smart start is to shut supply water off to sink. It's likely glued to the counter base as well. Personally I like your tile, play it up. For me on the cheap I'd frame the mirror and paint the cabinet top and replace the faucet. Could also remove old sink, put a "plywood " top on it ( paint it) and put in a countertop bowl sink with a lg swan neck faucet. Done on the semi cheap and very little time.

  • Bet31399207 Bet31399207 on Jul 04, 2018
    Are the tiles light blue, or teal? If teal, I think I'd keep them! Maybe not the floor, if hard to clean. Use the new vanity, light and framed mirror (or double sinks and longer mirror and lights) to modernize the room, while keeping the tile as a retro accent. I did the opposite. I painted my yellow tiles white and kept the retro countertop on my freshly painted vanity. New flooring was my favorite part.

  • Robin Harvey Robin Harvey on Jul 04, 2018
    I have painted shower stalls and back splashes with epoxy paint. It is a two part paint that you mix together before the paint. You need great ventilation and a GOOD face mask but it lasts. When I did it I painted it almond and sponged white over it to get a different effect but that was back in the 90s.

  • OceeB OceeB on Jul 04, 2018

    I would change the floor out first to see how that changes the look of the room. I actually like the teal and white walls. I recommend removing the floor tiles instead of painting floor as it is constantly used and paint will not hold up. Fixtures will be the easiest part of this upgrade and you can sometimes find amazing bargains at the Habitat Restore store.. You could take an old dresser to use as the base unit once the vanity is removed and add the bowl sink. Go try one out to make sure you like the functionality of one though.

  • Jennifer Adams Jennifer Adams on Jul 04, 2018
    Thank you for all of the tips and help. The walls are light blue and white and I have another bathroom similar to this with green and white tiles that needs love too... in time. I wonder how hard it would be to remove the floor tiles? Probably something I shouldn’t do myself lol!!!

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 04, 2018
    Your blue and white bath would really lend itself to modernizing with new flooring, new updated vanity in Shaker style or something easy to clean, quartz countertop, drop in sink, modern single handle faucet, LED lights on dimmer to both sides of new mirrored medicine cabinet. Install a powerful ceiling exhaust fan with LED light and auto humidity sensor or timer. You could later change out the toilet, if you desired, to a low water, more contemporary style, in white. Faucets in chrome or satin nickel, shower rod and towel bars in same. The colors of your tile are more workable to update, than most. Your green and white could be done in S.W. colors, and accent pieces, if that works for you.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jul 04, 2018
    To replace the floor you must turn off water to sink and toilet. The tile should be under both of them. Remove them but the problem with removing the vanity is that the tile is probably tiled right down of top of the countertop. I think removing and replacing the vanity could be your biggest issue

  • Sjt29229935 Sjt29229935 on Jul 05, 2018
    Hi Jennifer,
    I really like your tile, well, the floor is a bit much. I would keep it and save yourself a lot of headaches. I would either keep it white white or maybe slightly soften the stark white. Go with yellow accents to blend with whatever white you choose, either bright yellow or a softer tone in large pictures, flowers and a few accessories. Use the yellow sparingly because it is a strong color and you won't need much. Frame the mirror and paint it to match the walls. Or get two new ones for over the new vanity. Looks like you will have room for double sinks. Watch the big box stores (Lowe's, Home Depot, Menard's) for a sale on a vanity. They are easy enough to stick in. Ask about putting flooring over the tile -BEFORE installing the new vanity and like mentioned above, the toilet. If the tile is flat and solid, you might be able to put a wood design of some sort right over it. If you can't do that, then consider some white or yellow area rugs to break up the huge, long spans of flooring. The long narrowness of the room needs to be given the illusion of width. Another mirror on the opposite wall from the vanity could help, Even putting a mirror in an old window frame would add interest and width and not be so mirrory. Put greenery in it or little scenes with birds or something. Also, a pretty patterned shower curtain will stop the eye from the long run of tiles. Tie it back or leave it closed. A valance and blinds at the window would also break up the severity. Not to mention add privacy as it looks like you shower in the yard.  A pretty new light fixture will do wonders and candles, greenery, hand towels, etc. on counter. You can do fantastic things in there following a beach/boating theme. Color certainly lends itself to that decor. Bring in rope, seashells, boat, anything related to water. Put roping around mirrors or hang them with rope. That way you can also introduce a little tan in the color scheme. Even a very soft tan on the walls could work, but I like the crispness of the white. Save yourself a ton of money and the ?????? finish you will get from trying to paint over tile. Oh, by the way.......I have painted for years and I DEFINITELY would stay as far away as possible from Valspar paint!!! That is the worst paint next to Behr I have ever used! Stick with the little extra cost and go with Benjamin Moore or other quality paints. In the long run you will be happier you went the extra for it. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out! You have a wonderful basic to work from and with a little creativity the rooms will be fabulous and you won't have gone broke.

  • Ginny Ginny on Jul 05, 2018
    Turquoise is an "in" color now and I like yours. My 1955 bathroom is pink, hated it at first, but you would be surprised what goes with pink. Rethink the floor and consider new accessories, shower curtain and towels. Look at a color wheel for help in choosing complementary colors. Think about putting a "picture frame" around the mirror and painting it white or a complementary color.