Painted Bathroom Tile: A One Year Update

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Last November I straight up painted my bathroom tile. I wasn’t sure how well it would work, but my bathroom couldn’t get much worse so it was worth a try.

You can find the tutorial on how to paint tile here.

painted bathroom tile one year later review

A few things to note:

  • My tile does not extend into the tub, so it doesn’t get wet.
  • The tile in my bathroom was very poorly installed, with maybe a 1/8 grout line in some spots but in others no grout line at all so lots of tiles were cracked and split.
  • Some of my tiles were tiled over with new tiles… you follow that chaos? We had 3 layers of tile in some spots. Each layer in a different color.

It’s been a little over a year now and guess what….. 

I still freaking love it! It has held up so well and I would 100% do it again!

painted white bathroom tile one year later

Here’s the full status report:

  • It is so, so important to let your paint harden. It’ll dry to the touch in just a few hours, but harden (ie, cure) over a much longer period of time. The hotter and more damp your area is, the longer it’ll take to cure. Because a bathroom is a naturally damp area, we showered with the door open (and actually still do, we just got used to it) to let the steam out faster. Give your tile time to cure! This is essential.
  • I didn’t scrub the tile clean for several months, I just spot cleaned/wiped it as needed. Maybe this sounds gross? I don’t know, it didn’t really get dirty- it’s not like we are rolling around on it. :)However, to put it to the test this weekend I got out a heavy duty scrubbing brush and some chemical cleaners and went to town– and it didn’t budge. Still looks great and is super white with no discoloration!
  • I never ended up sealing it with polycrylic, it just didn’t need it. So it’s just 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint.
white painted bathroom tile review

Any questions? Leave them in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out the full tutorial HERE. (And if your’e interested in the geometric wall & grout paint how to, that’s right HERE)


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