Bathroom Before and After Phase 2: Rustoleum Tile Transformations

by Jacey on September 11, 2014

If you missed it, check out the Bathroom Before and After Phase 1 – Removing the Shower Doors. I had removed the shower doors and was content with a new curtain for a small period of time. I knew my hatred of beige would get the better of me again and it was only a matter of time before I needed to do something about the tile.

Not having the funds or the time to go full-scale-bathroom reno, I started looking into painting bathroom tile, and whether or not that was a good idea, or if people had had success. I read mixed results, and since I was going to be painting the walls inside the tub as well, I didn’t want to risk it peeling off or anything.

That’s when I came across Tile Transformations from Rustoleum. It’s specifically designed for painting tile and suppose to hold up to basically anything you can throw at it up to and including water. I was intrigued.

I hunted some down at Lowes and bought it in my favourite colour. White obvi. It’s important to note that once they mix the colour in, the paint has to be used within a week. I actually really liked this because once I bought it, it forced me to actually paint instead of letting it sit around for a month….. or 5 like my curtains, but who’s counting.

The first thing I did was read the directions. Usually I’m not that into reading directions, I’m more or a “trial by fire-oh shit that’s not good-okay I can make this work”, kind of lady. This isn’t your average paint though, so I gave them a read through, and learned a thing or two. I guess reading directions is alright…..

After removing the caulk, the first step was actually cleaning the walls. I used the cleaner that they provided and this is where I had my first issue. I found it really hard to get all the cleaner residue off the walls, despite some serious rinsing. Like, serioussss rinsing. It just looked kind of chalky in some spots. So if I did it again, I might just use a different cleaner.

When you get to it, I’d recommend roping in a partner in crime to help you with the painting. You are suppose to finish painting within an hour or so of mixing Part A into Part B. Gavin helped me for a good while. I originally thought he would be on roller duty but dear lord you should have seen him try to navigate how to use a  roller. Like watching a 4 year old try to colour inside the lines.

He actually did a lot better cutting in with the brush, which you would think would be the harder part. Go figure.

So the other thing with the Tile Transformations is that the paint itself is quite liquidy, so you need to be really cognizant of drips as you are going. It’s a difficult paint to go back and fix things because it starts to get quite sticky as it dries and you risk ruining it by going over an area again after some time, so, paint carefully and use the light to help you identify drips. (If you do get some drips, it’s not the end of the world. We had to use two cans of the paint because our bathroom was so big.  We did it in stages, doing the area outside the tub, and then the area inside the tub a couple weeks (or months) later. I found that sanding the drip down and repainting over it worked pretty well.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the result. The paint is holding up really well after a couple months of use and water just beads up on it. I’ve tested it by trying to scratch it with my non-existent finger nails but it’s really quite hard.

I really love it.

You hear that? That’s me, aggressively patting myself on the back over here.

Writing this post gave me a good reminder of just how far this bathroom has come. Seriously. Look at this side by side comparison.

God I love white. I’m far too proud of myself for this aren’t I?

This brings Phase 2 to a conclusion. I think the next thing might be painting the walls. They could use some putty to fix a hack job that had been done to cover up some holes, and a nice paint colour. Who knows, may get crazy and throw up a new mirror and something on the walls. Things are getting wild.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Morganne September 11, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Final product looks great. Will pin the tile paint for future projects! 🙂


Jacey September 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

Thanks Moganne! Can’t even remember what stage of the process I was at when you were here last time!


Hollis September 16, 2014 at 1:42 am

If you had let me go rogue I would have had those walls painted months ago! Haha.


Jacey September 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

And the front door! Hah


ashley September 21, 2014 at 2:23 am

This is unreal! I can’t believe how amazebalks this looks!


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