Retiling a bathroom can be expensive and take a long time. Thankfully, there is a quicker, more cost-effective alternative to giving your bathroom a new look — painting bathroom tiles. You can complete this DIY project yourself with the right tools and help from your friends and family.
Start your remodeling project here. Give your bathroom a well-deserved makeover with our guide to painting bathroom tiles. Get the knowledge you need, from the best paint to use to the right tools to get the job done.
Yes, you can paint bathroom tiles. You need to complete every step carefully. Painting the tile likely won't take as long as properly preparing them. Waiting for the paint and primer to dry makes this a longer process.
Compared to retiling a bathroom, painting tiles is more affordable, less work and takes less planning. Additionally, you still get to choose colors and designs based on your style.
Before you start remodeling your bathroom, you need to know a few tips that will be helpful when taking on this project.
You must use high-quality paint and primer to ensure minimal peeling and bubbling in a hot and humid space like your bathroom. You can use acrylic latex or epoxy paint to paint your bathroom tiles. These paints can withstand moisture and heat to minimize peeling, and they are more durable and resistant to scratches. Acrylic latex and epoxy paints are available in various colors and finishes from gloss to matte to create a look that fits your style.
Carefully preparing the tile ensures the paint sticks and provides the best possible outcome. It also allows the paint to last on your tile much longer. Here's how to prep bathroom tile for painting:
Before painting, scrub away any dirt and watermarks on the tile and grout. Use a scrub brush and tile cleaner, detergent or sugar soap to remove hard-to-clean buildup or mold. Use a wet rag to remove excess residue and allow the tile to dry.
Apply paintable caulk on any cracks and small chips. Painting can cover these aesthetic flaws, but caulking helps strengthen the tile below to prevent the cracks from ruining your paint. For big chips, you can apply a waterproof spackle with a putty knife to smooth and even out the surface.
Use sandpaper to sand the tile and create a rough surface. Tiles such as ceramic and porcelain generally have a smooth surface, making it difficult for any paint and primer to stick to. After creating a rough surface, wipe down the tiles again to remove any residue after sanding. Wear a mask and gloves to protect your face and hands.
Apply masking tape around the edges of where you want to paint. Use the masking tape as a guide instead of painting over it to prevent peeling off any paint when removing the tape. You'll also want to lay down drop cloths to protect your floor from any spills or spatter.
Adding primer helps the paint stick to the tile. Check the primer packaging to know how many layers of primer you need. If you are still unsure, use two coats for the best results. Allow the first coat of primer to dry before applying the next coat.
After allowing the primer to dry fully, it is time to paint your tiles. Use a smaller paintbrush to paint the edges and grout and a foam paint roller to complete the rest of the work. Allow the paint to dry completely before adding a second coat.
Do not use the bathroom for at least 24 hours after painting the tiles. Even if the paint is dry to the touch, wait the total recommended time to minimize any moisture that can negatively affect the paint and increase the time it takes to dry.
After your paint is dry, apply a polyurethane sealer to protect the paint surface. This top makes your paint more durable in high-moisture areas and minimizes wear and tear over the years.
Ensuring you have all the tools you need before starting your project will prevent delays and increase the chances of successfully painting your bathroom tiles. The tools you need include:
Remodel your bathroom tiles with Benjamin Moore paint and supplies and give your bathroom a fresh, updated look. You can easily find all the tools you need to complete your project with us. Shop in-store at any of our 32 Long Island locations or online from home. For additional assistance and queries, feel free to contact us today.