Home renovations are slowly coming together, which means the blog posts are too!! The house is not quite finished, and there are a lot of aesthetics to complete, but I figured I’d start sharing now that we’re making some headway.
This post will cover our main floor bath. The house we purchased is a 1930s Tudor. The character and charm are simply priceless. However, there are only certain elements that we are interested in keeping; pinkish peach bathroom tile is NOT on that list.
While we would certainly love to rip out and re-tile at some point in time, it’s just not a current option. What we needed was a way to update this bathroom on a dime. After many Pinterest articles read and YouTube videos watched, we settled on painting the tile with an epoxy paint. This one has the best reviews and is $20-$25 per kit:
I’m going to be honest here- this stuff is no joke. It stinks to Guam and back and is a lot of work. This update requires patience in order to do a good job. In the end, the pros out weigh the cons. So here we go!
How to update your bathroom on a budget
Step one: Prepare your surface. First, clean it with surface cleaner of your choice (Comet, Lysol, Tilex, etc). Next, you need to rough up the tile a bit. Wash the entire surface with lime-away and steel wool. Next, use 400-600 grit sandpaper. It will still feel pretty smooth/shiny, but you still need to do it so do the best you can. Once that is complete, you’ll need to vacuum and tack cloth the entire room. Any excess debris will absolutely show in the paint, so the cleaner the better.
Step two: Protect your surface. At this point you should tape anything you’d like to preserve. Faucets, drains, and in our case the original black tile. (We have a second small strip taped up in the photos but decided to paint it because it was too risky that the paint would leak through).
Step Three: Protect yourself. Epoxy paint is extremely toxic. If you have children, this is a good time to send them to Grandpa & Grandma’s house for a night or two. As for the person painting- you’ll need a respiratory mask, plastic goggles, and rubber gloves. Do not skip this step.
Step Four: Paint! Mix up the paint per the box’s instructions. Using a foam or short nap bathroom/kitchen roller, quickly and carefully paint your tile. The paint dries quickly and you only have a small amount of time from mixture to application to complete your project. You will likely need two to three coats if you are painting colored tile. For our project, we did three coats on the entire bathroom and tub using three boxes of the Tub & Tile Kit.
- Buy extra rollers. We had a few rip in the process. So having extra is key. If you end up not using them you can always return them.
- It does bubble. Let it cure for a few days and it should smooth out. If some spots do not, you can sand it and do another coat.
- Open the windows and let that baby air out!
- Don’t forget to re-caulk around your tub and sink.
Confession: The only steps I myself did, was the taping of the tile and the painting of the gray wall. The rest was done by my amazing husband while I kept the little one FAR away. (Pause for applause for David!!)
Lastly, the finished product:
It still needs to be decorated, and eventually the urine colored floor will need to be addressed, but for now, we are thrilled with our *new* bathroom!
*side note: Wall paint is custom mix of Cathedral Gray mixed with Granite Gray. Both are Behr colors that we had color matched and mixed at Sherwin Williams. We used a 40% off sale to purchase! Just be aware that custom colors are not returnable.