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Paint Over Ugly Bathroom Tiles

If you can't afford a full-on bathroom renovation, take inspiration from this bland bathroom that is transformed using paint.




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With bathrooms and kitchens being a top priority when it comes to decorating a home when you don't have the funds to do more than a cosmetic makeover you can take inspiration from the bathroom project in this article, where paint and new sanitary ware transformed a bland bathroom into a trendy space - and one that didn't cost an awful lot to get done.

While I'm not a fan of the colours used to paint the bathroom, you can see the difference it made to a previously dingy space that lacked any interest whatsoever.









This could be any bathroom in any house anywhere in the world. Boring and bland with absolutely zero personality.



This could be any of a thousand bathrooms around the country. A basic bathroom with inexpensive sanitary ware, simple shower space and a small, almost ineffective window at one end. The narrow confines of the bathroom don't allow for much in the way of fittings and fixtures but with some clever decorating tricks and a few affordable accessories, this bathroom has been turned into a small sanctuary rather than a sterile cubicle. 



Prepping tiles for painting means that you should always apply a tile or universal primer, preferably solvent- or oil-based. A water-based primer or paint won't stand up to the continuously damp atmosphere in a bathroom and will soon end up peeling off the walls.







Clean the tiles


Scrub down the tiles with a heavy-degreaser or sugar soap, both on the surface of the tiles and between grout lines. The tiles need to be clean before you do anything else. Also, make sure that the surfaces are one hundred per cent dry.


Apply a primer


To paint the tiles use an oil-based paint such as Plascon Velvaglo. My personal recommendation, especially if you want a long-lasting paint job would be to apply a coat of epoxy paint as a primer coat. While it works out more expensive than a primer, it will provide far better bonding between the tiles and the final paint coat.

The reason I don't recommend that you paint the tiles using epoxy paint as the topcoat is the limited options for colour choices. Unless you find a supplier that has a more varied colour selection, it is easier to use epoxy paint as the primer and custom or mixed colours of Velvaglo for the finishing colour.



The original shower space has been framed on one side with a framed glass panel to allow light to flow into the room from the small bathroom window.








Pedestal sinks are basic and boring and, yes they don't take up a lot of space in a small bathroom, but they don't inspire you to spend much time in there either. An inexpensive solution to a pedestal sink is a top-mounted basin mounted on top of a suitable stand, such as this steel and bamboo shelf unit. With the top shelf for the sink and lower shelf for storage, it provides a more aesthetic appeal than a pedestal sink and also incorporates extra storage. Do make sure that the shelf material is waterproof or apply a couple of coats of polyurethane sealer or varnish to offer protection from moisture.



Painting bathroom tiles gives you the freedom to select your own colours for decorating the room.





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