To Paint, Or Not To Paint - That Is The Question

April 09, 2011

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a wee problem with my bathroom - I don't really like it. Most of my dislike stems from one particular feature - the tiles. They are a rather unfortunate shade of blue.

Don't get me wrong - I love blue, just not my blue tiles.
Blue things I love
Some of the blue things I love
As there isn't any way to replace the tiles without breaking my limited budget,  I started to contemplate painting the tiles.

In my search for answers to the question 'can I paint shower tile' I got very mixed answers - some people insisted it was easy and durable, and others vehemently opposed it. Don't you love it when things are so simple?

I found a product at my local hardware store that is meant to be used to paint bathtubs. It's called Klenk's Epoxy Enamel, and it looked quite promising until I read the instructions and realised the amount of work involved for an outcome that was questionable. I was tempted, but when I read that some users recommended use of a respirator while applying the product I decided  it would be better to kill that idea than risk the loss of some much-needed brain cells.

I even went so far as to email the people at Benjamin Moore and ask for their advice. They very kindly sent me  instructions that were much less intimidating than those for the epoxy paint, but again there was no guarantee that  after I did all the work the daily showers wouldn't take their toll, and the paint wouldn't start to peel. If that happened,  I'm positive I'd dislike the tiles more than I do now and be forced to redo all the work, or spend a lot of money to replace them

In the end I proved to be too much of a chicken to try it. On a positive note, I do have a new mantra - 'Square blue tiles are the height of stylish bathroom design'.

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  1. Bathroom projects are way trickier than anyone lets on. A few years ago, my wife and I decided to just paint our powder room. Well, the wallpaper hadn't bonded to the wall and it was a giant mess. We had to hang new drywall. And don't get me started on retiling our hall bathroom. Beware the seemingly small bathroom project. Embrace the smurf blue!

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