Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Priming the bathroom tiles

I started painting the bathroom tiles today while the weather was dry and sunny. The plan is just to do one corner of the bathroom wall just to see whether it looks okay.

The tile primer is cream, so the bathroom still looks a bit fugly. Son #1 was completely appalled when he saw my efforts this afternoon. There's always a critic around here (and for a change it's not me!).

Tile primer on old ceramic tiles in the bathroom
I made sure the old ceramic tiles were cleaned, using some sugar soap we already had and a soft green scourer to remove the bits of random mould and grease. You can buy special tile cleaner which is the same brand as the tile paint but I didn't. Let's hope that wasn't my first fatal mistake...

Once the wall was cleaned and dried, I brushed on one coat of primer which is quite matte. It covers well and you can barely see the tile border. It's touch dry in two hours and the top coat can be applied after four hours.

primer coverage - you can barely see the pattern of the feature tile.

So far, so good. The primer finish seems okay and if the weather is good tomorrow, I'll get started on the first of two top coats...or maybe I might be inspired and do it tonight after watching The Block....Ha!


  1. One step closer to finishing your mini-makeover. I've never used (or seen) this tile paint, so I'll be interested to find out what you think of it. xx

  2. Oh, I can't wait to see how it turns out! Good luck! Jen

  3. I'm watching you closely as a friend has roped me into paint the tiles in her kitchen soon!
    ....the dreaded beige tile strikes again!

  4. I'm actually quite excited about this!

  5. Bear with. It will look great.

  6. Waiting with baited breath to see how you go-this may be the end for my purple checkerboard!!!

  7. I'm dubious about painting tiles, it's the scrubbing of them afterwards that worries me...if it works I'd like to paint the tiles in our laundry (which probably won't need scrubbing anyway). Watching and waiting...

    p.s. are the colours limited?

  8. It's a great alternative to trying to get those suckers off the wall. I don't envy you having to paint though - painting isn't my favorite thing.


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