Bathroom Makeover - How To Easily Update Ugly Bathroom Tiles for less than £15

Sunday, January 01, 2017

I recently moved into my first ever apartment. I knew from the first viewing that I wanted to renovate the bathroom asap however I also knew that after paying the deposit, solicitors fees and first load of bills in my new home that money would be tight and that I would need to find a way to get the look that I wanted for a lot less.

When I moved in the bathroom was tiled from floor to ceiling with large cream/taupe coloured tiles, there was also a few issues such as marks on the bath panel and tiles that aesthetically I wasn't happy with. Initially I planned to rip out all of the existing tiles and replace them with smaller white tiles which I may still do in future but for now I am very happy with the result that I achieved using this method.

Here are the before photos, you can see that the tiles are a taupe/beige colour that under certain lighting can look dirty or mucky which I really don't like. Another issue that I had with the tiles as they were was that the grouting surrounding them was a grainy beige colour to match the tiles, again, I found that it looked dirty.


I decided to try out some tile paint that I had seen in Wilko. The paint retails for £13.95 for a 750ml tub which is a really very good price. Other tile paint that I had seen was upwards of £35 per tin.


The colour that I chose was white. It does say on the tin that the paint should only need one coat but I found that only one coat left the tiles looking patchy and streaked in places. You can see in the image below the result after using just one coat applied with a large paint brush.


After letting the first coat dry I went in again for a second coat this time with a gloss roller which I found left a much smoother finish. The second coat still left patches in a few places which I just went over a third time to perfect the tiles.

Here is the final result after two full coat and a few touch ups.


I am delighted with how this DIY project turned out and can't believe that it was all done for less than £15. Even though it was a super simple paint job it has made such a difference to how the bathroom looks and made it appear so much more tidy and fresh.


I also used the paint on my bath panel. As the paint has a glossy finish it really did a fantastic job of renewing the look of the bath and I really am thrilled with the result.



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