70's tile color! Can I paint it?


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Old 10-02-02, 10:32 AM
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70's tile color! Can I paint it?

My bathroom tile, toilet, and tub are an awful 1970's gold/yellow color (you know the one!). I hate the color, but I really can't afford to be replacing everything in my bathroom simply because it's an ugly color. Is there a way to paint tile? I don't know if that's even possible, but I am trying to think of a cheap way to make the room look a little more modern.

Also - there is a bottom corner piece of the tile that is missing. It must have been broken by the previous homeowners. Home Depot type stores don't carry this color anymore - where can I find a replacement?

Thanks for your help!
 
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Old 10-02-02, 07:35 PM
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Old 10-02-02, 07:40 PM
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Painting Ceramic Tile

Nina33,

Sorry, hit a wrong button and it all posted before I wasn't done.

The links that I gave should provide some options and directions on how to do the refurbishing of your tiles.

http://interiordec.about.com/cs/tilepainting/

I would go to a major tile distributor and inquire about tile replacement. If not available in a close color, no problem, you're painting them. Older tile pcs may be difficult to find so you may have to substitute with something close.

Good luck and hope the links helped!
 
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Old 10-03-02, 09:39 AM
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Re: 70's tile color! Can I paint it?

Yes, It can be done. I painted my tile about 2 years. Although, recently I've decided to remove the tile.

Here is what I did:
1. Sand the tile to dull it up. The more sanding you do, the better the paint will bond.
2. Apply a good bonding primer. I used Kilz, I believe. I think Home Depot stocks a primer used especially for glossy type surfaces like tile.
3. Apply paint.

Remember: the tile around the tub cannot be painted. Due to the moisture and heat, I will not hold up. We just make sure the shower curtain is closed when we have company over.

Originally posted by Nina33
My bathroom tile, toilet, and tub are an awful 1970's gold/yellow color (you know the one!). I hate the color, but I really can't afford to be replacing everything in my bathroom simply because it's an ugly color. Is there a way to paint tile? I don't know if that's even possible, but I am trying to think of a cheap way to make the room look a little more modern.

Also - there is a bottom corner piece of the tile that is missing. It must have been broken by the previous homeowners. Home Depot type stores don't carry this color anymore - where can I find a replacement?

Thanks for your help!
 
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Old 10-13-02, 12:55 AM
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shot in the dark

Just a shot in the dark here....but why not just put up some nice, moisture resistant wallpaper over that ugly ole tile? That way, you wouldn't even have to mess with finding a tile to replace the broken one, just shove some putty in there, let it dry....and paper it up in your favorite design. It's easier and faster and cleaner than the sanding approach. But like I said...it's just a shot in the dark.

Ruth
 
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Old 10-25-02, 01:44 PM
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There's also an enamel product available that goes over tile, bath tubs, toilets that's available at Home Depot and/or Lowes. Haven't tried it, but its just a thought.
 
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Old 10-25-02, 06:08 PM
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Changing color of tiles and bathroom fixtures

While there are paints and coatings available for just about every surface today, crticics' greatest issue is from the standpoint of longterm durability. And, the end result will look like you coated or painted the tiles. Many decorators are taking the standpoint that everything old is new again. Many of the older color schemes are appearing again. A survey of forum posters tends to reveal that most decorate around existing tile colors and cherish their retro look.
 
 

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