Sunday, 26 May 2013

Teal floral printed tiles? Was 1984 having a sale?

When you move into a house you get all the things that made you fall in love with it, but you also inherit all of their bizarre style choices. My main bath on the second floor was a perfect example of this. 

I can only rationalize their choices by telling myself that they must have been colourblind and the tile sales person took advantage of them.  They installed bright teal coloured tiles going half way up the wall around the whole bathroom and in the shower.  These were especially ugly in contrast to the beautiful antique tiles on the floor.  Not only did the styles not match, the colours clashed. BIG TIME!

Time to rip those ugly tiles out, right? I wish.  My first time home buyer's budget did not allow for such an extravagant make-over, so I had to get a little creative.  I painted my tiles. Now, this is by no means a permanent fix, but it's given me some time to build up my piggy bank so that I can afford to take care of it properly in the near future.  The painted tiles have a life expectancy of about 5 years.  I'm on year three and I'm just starting to see some signs of wear in the shower.  

Metal sand paper (I also used a sander since I had so much area to cover)
Fresh Start
Alkyd or Oil based paint
Paint Brush

The prep is super important.  If you doin't do this properly you will have an icky, chipping mess in no time.
1: Sand the tiles - you have to rough up the surface of the tiles to give the primer something to stick to.  The more shine you're able to remove, the better
2: Clean the tiles really well with TSP.  Do it again 'cause you know you missed a spot.
Get that stuff on there
3: Cover the tiles with Fresh Start primer. I used a brush over the grout lines and then the roller over the whole surface to smooth everything out.
4: Apply paint in same manner - 2 coats
5: Let it dry for three or four days before you turn on the shower.  You want to make sure that it's good and dry before you start splashing around in there.

IMPORTANT: Make sure that you wear a mask and that you're in a well-ventilated area.  The sanding of the tiles will create a lot of dust and the paints are slightly toxic.