Our bathroom is out of the 70's and the wife doesn't care for the colors. Remodeling is out of the question for now. Is there something I can use to paint over that ceramic tile so we can at least get a color she likes better?

I should clarify, the tile is on the wall no shower.

  • Painted tile will likely be worse than whatever is there now, cover it with floor mats as best you can until you can retile.
    – Tester101
    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:57
  • ^ agree if we're talking the floor, but I assume these are shower or wall tiles.
    – DA01
    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:59
  • Painted tile will be ugly on both floors and walls, its still painted tile.
    – Tester101
    Aug 9, 2011 at 2:06
  • Agreed. But you can't put floor mats on the wall very easily. ;)
    – DA01
    Aug 9, 2011 at 2:11
  • If it is the shower walls, a decorative shower curtain will hide it most of the time (except when showering). The main point is, hide it until you can fix it.
    – Tester101
    Aug 9, 2011 at 2:15

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They make paint specifically for tile. It's typically an epoxy based paint.

  • A link to an example paint might help.
    – Tester101
    Aug 9, 2011 at 2:09
  • I've never used a particular brand to recommend one over another, but there's plenty of examples on google: google.com/search?q=tile%20paint
    – DA01
    Aug 9, 2011 at 2:12

You can prime the tiles with a sealer/primer designed to stick to tiles, and then paint with the paint of your choice. Here's an example of a primer that claims to adhere to tile.

Good luck! Now you just have to find a paint color you can agree on. :)

  • 3
    You mean I have a choice? I believe the correct words are "yes dear".
    – Mike Wills
    Aug 9, 2011 at 2:36

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