We are happy with how our bathroom looks now. If we had imagined that painting the wall tiles would've looked this good we would've done it at the very start of our sojourn at the Sow's Ear.
Although we are not really advocates of temporary renovations, sometimes it's just necessary... particularly if you are 'umming and ahhing' about whether you intend to stay in a home forever or planning larger long-term renovations where rooms may need to be changed to accommodate a growing family.
Painting the bathroom tiles was a quick and cheap fix of our bathroom. The old beige tiles and grey grout did no favours to the out-of-square room. Every flaw was noticeable. The higgledy piggledy grouting and dated feature tiles stood out like the proverbial - the white tile paint disguises it so well.
We would totally recommend painting tiles as a temporary measure if you are unhappy with how your tiles look...but Jason and I agree that white is the only colour we would consider for such a task (I'm sure others have had equal success with colours though).
The total cost of the tile painting was less than $150 for the paint. We used a one litre tin of tile primer and two tins of white tile paint. The process of painting the tiles was quite easy. Prepping the walls is probably the most important step to ensure a nice even finish.
Bear in mind that painted tiles will never really be as nice as a good professional tiling job. It won't have the same longevity...but I guess we will find out as we live with it. But considering how dubious we were of tile paint, it is worth a shot if you are despairing of your tile situation!
Just to refresh everyone's memory, here are some photographs of the Sow's Ear's bathroom from about 2009 when we first moved in.
Our old bathroom was quite serviceable but just needed a freshen up until we decide what to do with a full bathroom renovation...
|Beige tile, grey grout, cream painted wall, ceiling and windows.|
|timber vanity, timber mirror and towel rails|
|Country style bathroom with beige and green decorative feature tile|
This mini bathroom makeover has really been a work in progress for the past few weeks but with the huge advantage of allowing us to still access the bathroom. It was never out of action for too long...which is important in a one bathroom family house.
|white painted tile, white walls, windows and ceiling. |
We also removed the bars across the windows which we think were installed to stop small children from falling through the opening!
|We started with painting the door white, it was originally cream. A traditional chrome hook on the door provides extra hanging space.|
|A towel ladder gives us more towel hanging space. This is the round profile Heirloom brand.|
I also bought a couple of new dark grey towels that were on sale.
|Painted white vanity. |
An old Dickies towel from the 70s and makes a cool, yet substantial hand towel
|I'm loving these new bathroom runners that are around. |
It's really soft and will be nice over the winter months...before it becomes a hot mouldy mess. Ha!
We've left the floor tile as they were.
|Jason built new window architraves to match the rest of the Sow's Ear. |
He's the details man. The rubber ducks have a nice spot in which to reside.
We still have a few small things left to do on the bathroom, but that's pretty much it for now. Yippee! You can read all our bathroom posts here if you're not up-to-date with what we have been doing.
Anyone out there tempted to paint over some ugly tile? Tell me because I know your pain.