When it comes to renovating, kitchens and bathrooms are where you get the most bang for your buck. And I know tackling an entire bathroom remodel can seem overwhelming, but with a little patience, some elbow grease, and not that much money, you can completely transform the look of your tiled shower - I'll show you how!
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After each coat, I let the paint dry for a full 24-hours. I felt that the paint was too tacky to apply a second coat after just the suggested couple of hours. All in all, it took a total of 5 coats to completely cover the green.
To remove the paint drips on the tub, I used 100% Acetone Nail Polish Remover, and it came right up.
And to polish everything off, I used white caulk to reseal the seams - the space is almost unrecognizable now!
F I R S T C O A T
Painting Tiled Shower
I moved to Nashville in April of 2019, completely aware that my budget meant I would have to roll up my sleeves and get to work on an outdated place if I was going to buy instead of rent.
Thankfully, I knew that when I went to sell, the outlandish prices would also work in my favor. So, the first project I decided to tackle - the tiled shower.
When it comes to renovating, you have to be mindful of your goal: are you wanting to create your dream home, or are you looking to make a profit? For me, I was looking to make a few changes to my condo and sell relatively quickly, so budget was top priority - what could I do to the awful green shower to maximize profit for the least amount of cost. The biggest money saver is usually labor; so, I had to be able to do the work myself.
I researched online and found a tile paint the worked on wet surfaces.
I bought Homax Tough as Tile at The Home Depot for about $40 a quart. Unfortunately, that was the biggest size they offered - I used about 5 quarts total.
To start, I prepped the shower by scrubbing it with a cleaner that didn't leave a residue - the box provides cleaner and steel wool if you prefer. I also removed the handicap bar, filling the screw holes with a waterproof silicone. I took out the soap tray and then tapped around the faucet and shower head. After everything was dry, I opened the can.
V E R Y. S T R O N G. O D O R.
I had the bathroom vent on the entire time that I was painting, along with a fan to help with the smell. I also realized that if I started from the middle of the shower and worked my way out towards the side or the tub, the smell was less severe. It will clear your sinuses for sure.
The box includes a paintbrush for you to use, but I didn't like the brush strokes, so I got a foam roller and threw the roller away after each coat - if you use the foam roller for too long, the paint will eat away at the foam, leaving tiny bits of foam in your paint.