If you buy an older house that has decor from the 70’s, you might just have some pink or avocado colored wall tiles in the bathroom. If you were really lucky, many times these designs had a matching bathtub, toilet stool, and sink. Dazzling!
Another decorating issue I’ve seen is mismatched color tiles being used as replacements. This is probably because the tiles didn’t have the adhesive applied correctly or weren’t sealed properly so water could get in behind them and they fall off the wall and break. It’s not always easy to match older tile, especially colors like sky blue or other unusual shades.
If you want to revive the look of older tiles, it is a bit of a project but definitely doable. As with any painting job, the prep is critical. Also, you can’t just cover them with regular primer and latex paint.
The following post explains why it isn’t just your everyday painting project:
Resuscitate Old Tile With a Coat of Paint – Sherwin-Williams
“We recommend removing grease, grime, dirt and mold before beginning,” says Revnew. “Start by giving the tiles a quick scuffing with sandpaper, and follow up with a good household detergent to clean the surface.”
Repair chips, cracks and other surface damage before painting. If using caulk or epoxy to repair damage, give it several days to dry before painting. As with any paint job, use tape to protect areas adjacent to the tile and remember to use safety goggles and a dust mask.
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This young lady does a great job of demonstrating the process that goes with painting wall tiles. As mentioned above, matching older tiles isn’t easy her bathroom had a variety of different colors. Once she finishes the project, it created a much more balanced look:
For less than a couple hundred dollars, you can completely change the look of a room that has ceramic tile on the walls, especially if you do it yourself. Hiring a professional painter might provide a shorter time frame for the job, more color choices, and guaranteed results, but that could cost you five times that amount. There are also safety issues that come with the fumes from the process, and an expert would come prepared with a mask.
If you still want to do it yourself, this article suggests two types of paint coverage that will work for the project:
How to Paint Over Ceramic Tile in a Bathroom | Today’s Homeowner
There are two painting options for tile:
Latex Paint: Apply one to two coats of a bonding primer that’s made to adhere to surfaces such as tile. Allow the primer to dry for the recommended time, then follow with two topcoats of acrylic latex wall paint.
Epoxy Paint: Apply two coats of a two-part epoxy paint that’s made for tile and other hard to paint surfaces, such as Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile. Follow the directions carefully, and allow the recommended drying time before using. The colors available for epoxy paint may be limited.
Read more here: How to Paint Over Ceramic Tile in a Bathroom | Today’s Homeowner
If you do decide to take on the project yourself, there some kits you can get through local home improvement stores that provide all the necessary painting supplies. Just be sure to get gloves, goggles and a mask to protect yourself along with the proper sandpaper grit, tape and drop cloths. You’ll also need a good paint roller and synthetic paint brush.