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Bathroom Makeover (Sneak Peek)

I wanted to give a quick update on our reno project with a little bathroom makeover sneak peek. I showed you our inspiration behind this renovation, so to see it actually become reality is pretty darn exciting. My husband’s been hard at work making this project come to life, and we’re loving the outcome so far. Most of the industrial wood fixtures are made and up on the walls, and the tile is almost completely painted.

I know what you’re thinking: “Wait, Jessica. You’re painting the tile?” Yup, we’re painting the tile! We actually weren’t planning on touching the tile, because ripping it out and installing new tiles would cost a fortune, not to mention it’d be a giant pain since tile is everywhere in that bathroom.

Painting the tile in a bathroom—who knew?!

The bummer part is that the bathroom had really drab almond-hued tile, and it didn’t mesh with our new modern, rustic, and industrial-looking plan. Plus, then there was the same ugly bathtub and toilet, and we really didn’t want to replace those either, especially since they both work perfectly fine. There’s no justifying getting rid of something that works. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, which is exactly where this tub and tile paint comes into play!

painting the tile in the shower!

I know, I didn’t know painting tile  was a “thing” either. We read up on a few blogs (this one was the best we found, and she even updated it a year later with how it looked), and my husband bought everything he needed and then went to work over a three-day weekend. (Side note: The paint isn’t like regular paint, so make sure you have really, really great proper ventilation if you use this.)

I watched the girls while he painted, and every once in a while I’d take a peek at his work, and could only stay in there for a few seconds, even while wearing a mask. And, even though he wore the heavy-duty mask, it still started burning his eyes, so eye protection is also key—I couldn’t find any of my swim goggles, so he used the next best thing: onion goggles! (Second side note: he also had pink eye that weekend, so now those goggles are totally contaminated and I had to buy a new pair.)

Painting the tile in the bathroom

Safety is sexy.

Painting the tile in the bathroom - proper safety procautions are key!

Painting the tile in the bathroom

Painting the tile in the bathroom

The result from the paint so far is truly remarkable. The almond color is gone wherever the paint touched it, and it’s (almost all) super white in there. It would’ve been finished by now, but we have a lot of tile, so we underestimated how many cans of paint and how many layers it would need, so the rest of the paint job will take place this weekend.

That was the major project from last weekend, and we’re he’s tackling it again this weekend, so I wanted to give you a little teaser of what it looks like. Since this is an “in progress” post, I won’t show you the final version…not just because I don’t want to yet, but because it’s not actually finished.

handmade industrial shower hooks

Painting the tile in the bathroom

handmade industrial shelves and toiler paper holder

painting the tile

painting the tile

Painting the tile in the bathroom

Crazy, right? Every time we walk in there now, even though it’s not even finished, we’re just amazed at the difference. If you want to tackle a project like this yourself, here’s all the info you’ll need.

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Here’s what you need to paint the tile in your bathroom:

Paint and Supplies:


Dramatically change the look of your bathroom by painting the tile!

I really can’t wait to show you what the whole thing looks like when it’s complete. There’s still a bit to go, but we’re getting there. We’ll finish painting (the tub area needs at least one more coat, but probably two; and the floor and toilet need paint), hang up the rest of the wood decor, paint/stain the vanity, and get a new vanity top. Slowly, but surely, everything’s coming along!

Have you ever painted tile before? Did you know you could paint tile? What do you think of the transformation so far?



  1. This teaser looks so great- I can’t wait to see the final outcome! The juxtaposition of clean, white, modern with rustic is so cool.

  2. Oh my word! Not cool. I want to see the finished product! lol It looks fabulous already 🙂 I wish I would have known about this technique before we redid our bathroom.

    1. I’m already trying to talk my husband into painting the tile in our half bath now, too! I’m so in love with the light above the tub—we’re just waiting for a couple more parts to come in for it so we can wrap up that lighting project!

  3. This is some good info to know and may end up saving my boyfriend and I a lot of money!! We are re-doing his house so we can move into another fixer upper 🙂

  4. This is such an awesome idea. Our house was built in the 70’s, and we have that funky looking blue and gold tile. I think painting in on our horizon. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  5. It’s looking amazing! I watched my dad re-do their very outdated bathroom this winter and it was a tremendous amount of work so I can appreciate how much of a project this is. My dad also used the tile paint taking their black and mint bathroom to white…. What a huge money saver and a great way to re-energize a tired space.
    Looking forward to seeing the end result!

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