29 June 2015

Painting tiles

I'm a little bit behind in sharing some of the things we've been up to! One of the first things we did in the house after moving was paint the tiles. Here's what the tiles looked like in the kitchen and bathroom:

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First Grant cleaned them with this product:

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Then I rolled on some primer. (Years ago we painted tiles in the first house we bought in the UK and we used International brand tile paint that included primer, so there was no need for this step that time.)

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I then proceeded to roll on three coats of tile paint, letting it dry thoroughly in between coats.

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Now, I used a roller for the smoothest finish - a brush tends to leave streaks - but this paint was a nightmare to work with!! The roller left little bubbles which either didn't pop before drying, or popped too far in the drying process, leaving craters. I found the best way to deal with them was to paint, let it dry for about 10 minutes, then very very lightly roll over the bubbles to pop them while the paint was still very wet. It then leveled out before drying.

Although it was a bit of a pain to do I am SO glad that I made the effort as the tiles look so much better now! (As you can see, we also replaced the taps.)

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I"m sorry, I really thought I had a photo of the kitchen tiles but it seems I don't, and I really want to get this post up tonight. I'll put one in tomorrow if I remember!

Quick before and after:

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  1. It's looks fantastic! Really looking forward to seeing how you do the rest of the house.

    1. Thank you! We have been working on maintenance type things, but hopefully soon I'll get to decorating type things.

  2. They didn't look bad at all before but they look so crisp and neutral now as white, I love it. Did you ever show how you repaired the tile behind the bathtub tab that got cracked? Obviously I must be behind on my reading if you did. :)

    1. I didn't show it - all I did was caulk into the crack and paint right over. The tile isn't loose or anything, so that has worked fine.

  3. What a different. Totally change the room.


    1. Hopefully I will have a full room reveal soon.

  4. That looks great! I love your frugal solution. I've never seen those products before, but here in the US we have something called Rustoleum Tub and Tile Transformations. I'm going to give it a try as soon as I figure out how to get the drains out. If you ever want to write a guest post for me, I'd love it. http://groceryshrink.com

    1. Could you just mask off the drains?
      Thank you for the invitation, I'll keep it in mind. Our grocery bills at the moment are appalling, but if I ever get them under control I'll let you know - I'll be sure to dive into your blog for ideas!

  5. Much better. Seeing those before pictures makes one ask, "What were they thinking?"

    1. Right?! Maybe those colours were all the rage in the 60s but I couldn't wait to get rid of them.


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