the riveting journey of painting tiles

The first pitstop for our house decoration tour is the upstairs bathroom. Well bathroom minus a toilet as you can see. Ours is across the hall – old style I know. Anyway, it’s a tough thing when you view a house and fall in love with the space but not the decor, especially when that decor is cemented to the walls and is a costly update. Being first time buyers our budget leaves little to the imagination, however, I only need a sliver of opportunity to squeeze creativity into any space. 

Tiles are a bugger, especially if you hate them and they have handles screwed into the walls and black mould creeping in at the corners. So first on the list was a DEEP DEEP DEEP clean –  yes capitals and repetition is warranted *insert vom face emoji*. After unscrewing the handles with surprise ease and filling all the holes in the walls we had a sort of blank canvas.

Firstly, a little inspo can go a long way with the right outlook. I whipped up some ideas of the feel I wanted from the room and settled on the idea of painting the tiles white. My thought process aligned with the idea that if I chose a colour it would look unnatural as you never grout in the exact same colour as your tiles. This, and also I was desperate for it to feel clean! I think the memory of the mould creeps into the corners of my mind no matter how much  bleach I use. I could see others had done this however was it really going to work? My imagination ran wild  with  thoughts of peeling paint and lumpy tiles. I compared  prices and brands and most  importantly reviews before settling on GoodHomes Durable Matt Wall Tile and Panelling Paint. It’s a bit of an odd paint as you need to mix the two parts together which relieves the need for an undercoat or top coat.  

We decided that we still needed to use our bathroom somewhat and so segmented the tiling into areas so we wouldn’t be without a shower for long. We also used two tubs and needed three coats to get good coverage as an idea of how far it realistically goes. Using a foam roller we applied super thin layers and built them up to ensure an even finish. 

If I were to offer you advice, it would be to ensure your tiles are super duper clean before you start, use sugar soap and a light sandpaper to rough them up slightly. I would also say don’t be scared once it has dried those babies are totally wipeable (if that is even a word). 

If you need any advice or just have a quick question don’t hesitate to drop me a message. I hope  at least someone out there is as riveted by tile paint as I am:

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