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Are you tired of the colour of your bathroom or kitchen tiles? Is their pattern or colour design totally out of date? Painting tiles, whether in the bathroom, kitchen, or elsewhere, is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to get them to look like new again without having to endure tiresome and costly building works. Follow our painting tiles step by step guide to get them to look absolutely perfect.

Changing the kitchen or bathroom tiles can be both irksome and expensive. The building works can last several days, which is inconvenient enough. And if you only have one bathroom in the house, then it’s even worse. Not only that, tiling a whole bathroom or kitchen can cost you between £750 and £1,500, depending on the materials used and the room’s square metres.

For this reason, if your aim is to radically change the look of your tiles in record time and with a small budget, the best solution, without a doubt, is to paint them.  This tutorial will show you everything that you need to know for painting tiles, and how to achieve a perfect finish.

Painting tiles: tools and materials

Painting tiles: tools & materials
Painting tiles: tools & materials

Cost, time and difficulty

The cost of painting tiles will mostly depend on the type of paint you choose and the total square meters of the area you want to paint. Usually, paint manufacturers indicate on the container how much paint you will need per square meter. However, be mindful of the fact that the first coat will require more amount of paint than the second.

Don’t forget that painting tools such as buckets, rollers, brushes, etc are pretty inexpensive and easy to find. 

And last but not least, the level of difficulty of painting tiles is low, and it will only take you one or two days. Most of the time will be taken up by waiting the appropriate amount of time for each of the paint coats to dry.

Tips and things to consider before you start painting tiles

There are different types of paint that can be used to paint tiles. The most common options available in your DIY shop are:

  • Tile paint: It is applied directly on the tiles and doesn’t require a primer. You can find different shades in a gloss or satin finish.
  • Epoxy paint: Epoxy paint consists of two components: a high durability and strength epoxy resin and a high performance epoxy enamel. Its use is especially suitable for areas that require a resistant paint, and it is ideal for damp areas such as the shower wall.
  • Primer and emulsion paint: Another option is to apply a primer and then a top coat of emulsion paint. The main advantage of this option is that you can choose from a wide variety of paint types and shades.

When choosing what type of paint you want to use for your tiles, you should consider the following:

  • Tile paint is especially suitable for this, as it is both washable and resistant to moisture.
  • Epoxy paint is more resistant, but its application is more laborious. It requires that both components be combined in the specific amounts indicated by the manufacturer, as well as thoroughly mixed and blended for the catalysis process to take place correctly. Not only that, it restricts you to a working time of just one or two hours, which is when it begins to harden and stops being functional.
  • Applying a primer and a top coat of paint is especially suitable when there are damp or mould issues, since you can use an anti-condensation or an anti-mould paint for the finishing top coat.

In terms of the roller, we recommend that you choose a short pile roller, in order to avoid dripping and leaving marks on the surface. For hard-to-reach areas or smaller walls, you can use mini-rollers and a round or angled paint brush for cutting in the corners between walls and ceiling.

Painting tiles step by step

Painting tiles original

Don’t hesitate any longer! Painting your tiles will greatly improve the look of your bathroom or kitchen. For this tutorial, we have painted the tiles in a small bathroom. Although the style of the tiles was quite modern, their colour and size made the bathroom look small.

Step 1 – Prepare the surface

Prepare the surface before you begin painting the tiles
Prepare the surface before you begin painting the tiles

The first thing you will need to do is check what condition the tiles are in, and repair or replace the ones that are broken or damaged. You will also need to go over the joints and fill them with putty if necessary, as well as remove any adhesive residue (from accessories such as hooks, hangers…) with a scraper.

Next, clean the tiles with either alcohol, soap and water or a degreaser, to make sure that the surface is free of dust and dirt. Otherwise, the paint’s adherence might be compromised.

You then need to protect those areas that you do not want to paint over, using masking tape, paper and dust sheets. This is a very important step, given that the type of paints that we are going to use are quite difficult to remove once they are dry.

Step 2 – Paint the tiles

Ready, set, paint!
Ready, set, paint!

Regardless of the type of paint that you choose for your tiles, the steps to correctly apply the paint will be as follows:

  1. Pour the paint into a tray or a roller bucket with a grid pattern.
  2. Load the roller by partially dipping it into the bucket and rolling it on the grid pattern.
  3. Place it on the surface that you are going to paint and move it vertically (from top to bottom) at first, and then horizontally (from side to side).
  4. For the areas near the ceiling you can use an extension pole or a ladder.

Remember that you will need to apply a minimum of two coats, regardless of the type of paint that you choose. For this tutorial we have applied two coats of primer, and another two coats of anti-condensation paint, given that the latter is insulating and can reduce the effects of damp caused by condensation, a common problem in small bathrooms.

Step 3 – Remove the protective tape and paper

Remove the masking tape
Remove the masking tape

After applying the last coat of paint and while it is still wet, remove the masking tape and paper. If in some areas the paint is already dry, you will need to go over the edges with a snap-off knife or cutter to avoid lifting the paint when removing the tape or paper.

Now you can see the final result and how much the look of this small bathroom has improved after painting the tiles: it is instantly much brighter and more spacious.

Painting bathroom tiles
Painting bathroom tiles

The shower area has been left unpainted to add colour to the room. Once the transparent glass shower screen is installed, this area will be completely closed off.

Did you enjoy this article on how to paint your bathroom or kitchen tiles? Why not read our tutorial on how to paint your summer house in 7 easy steps or even our guide on how to tile a wall!

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The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house, and one of the rooms with the least storage space. These handy bathroom organisation tricks will help keep the space clutter-free.

 1. Extra Shower Rail

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Keep everything in your shower within reach and off the floor by putting up an extra rail in your shower. 

2. Wall-mounted cabinet

Bathroom storage ideas
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Make the most of every inch in your bathroom by transforming your toilet into another storage surface. Pop a tray on the cistern and hang all your toilet essentials off the sides.

3. Drawer Organisers

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If you’re sick of opening your draws and scrabbling around in a heap of half-finished tubes and tubs every morning, this is the tip for you. Pick up some cheap draw organisers or small baskets and transform you bathroom experience.

4. Extra Shelving

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Save yourself from filling the sink with products by adding some small shelves next to the mirror.

5. Cabinet Toothbrushes

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A few little cuts will keep your toothbrushes off the sink and clean in the cabinet.

6. Magnetic Storage

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Repurpose a magnetic knife strip in the bathroom and save your small items from getting lost. 

7. Bath Time Baskets

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Prevent the bathroom from turning into a impenetrable mass of toys with some baskets and a shower rail. This system means that happy bathers can still easily grab and replace a favourite toy as well.

8. Mason Jar Organiser

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This chic organisational idea finds a use for all those jars you just can’t bear to throw away. Simply attach your jars to an appropriately sized piece of wood and then mount it all on the wall.

9. Repurposed Baskets

Transform industrial, wire baskets into chic shelves and give yourself stacks more storage space in the process.

10. 360° Shelving

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Stop creating a product avalanche every time you need to dig something out of a cupboard; install a lazy-Susan. With gentile spin, nothing is out of your reach!

11. More Shelves!

Use all of the space available in your bathroom, and add a shelf above your sink to keep everything neatly organised at eye-level.

12. Magnetic Makeup

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Display your makeup in this gorgeous, magnetic display and stop it from piling up in your drawers.

13. Filing Your Hairdryer

Use a file holder to store your hairdryer and its cord neatly out of the way.

14. Potty Shelving

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Who says pots are only useful in the garden? Adding pots into a shelf will enable you to corral all those long-handled objects in one place.

15. Ladder Shelving

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Give yourself an added layer of shelf space with a vintage ladder. You can use it to hang towels to dry, or add baskets to store smaller items as well.

16. DIY Rope Shelving

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Create these nautical-inspired shelves with a bit of rope and a few planks. 

Did you enjoy this article on our top bathroom organisation tricks? Why not read our tutorial on designing a DIY bathroom shelf or even our bathtub buying guide!

Are you organising your own bathroom? Share your finished results with us on Instagramusing the #mymanomanoway#manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

DIY bathroom shelf design by My Thrifty Life by Cassiefairy 

Is there anything better than soaking in a bubbly bath with a good book and a cup of tea? We have teamed up with My Thrifty Life by Cassiefairy to create a step-by-step DIY project which shows you how to build a little bath-side shelving unit by recycling leftover materials. The resulting driftwood-style bathroom shelving unit is the perfect place to store bath products and provides a handy stand for your mug (or wine glass!). 

You don’t need much timber for this project – we’ve upcycled small 20cm offcuts of scaffold board and broken broom handles to create a compact unit, but you can make it any size and shape you like, as long as it is securely assembled and feels sturdy. The sanded and waxed timber creates a soft, driftwood finish that’s ideal for coastal-style bathrooms, or you could paint and seal the wood to coordinate with your interiors. The creative bathroom shelf unit is a great storage hack for small spaces – and is cheap and easy so can cater for everyone.

DIY bathroom shelf design
(C) My Thrifty Life & Andy Greenacre

Find out how to upcycle and design your own DIY bathroom shelf in 7 easy steps here.

Project created by My Thrifty Life by Cassiefairy with photography by Andy-Greenacre.co.uk 

Did you enjoy this article on how to design your own DIY bathroom shelf? Why not read our tutorial on creating a raffia mirror in 10 minutes or even our bathtub buying guide!

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DIY bathroom design in 5 easy steps written by Man with a Hammer

Bathrooms, whether in a modern house or a period property, are often not blessed with original features or an abundance of character like some other areas of the house. The good news is that there are ways you can easily add some old-world charm with a little bit of imagination, some know-how and the right tools for the job!

The first thing to do of course is look at your space. As you can see here, I was starting with a very blank canvas and quite an awkward shape. I wanted this to feel like an elegant sanctuary for friends and family that come to stay and have a timeless feel.

DIY bathroom design ideas
DIY bathroom design ideas

Step 1: Define the focal point

When planning your bathroom design, take into account that as with all rooms, you will need a focal point. As this was such a long, thin room with the eye naturally being drawn to the window, it made sense to create this to be the real ‘showstopper’. I found a free-standing bath second hand online that was in good condition save for being tatty on the outside.
I sanded down the exterior lightly, then used a tack cloth to remove any dust. I then taped all the bits I didn’t want to paint using frog tape and finally painted it using a Wagner paint sprayer which made it look brand new and really gave a factory finish whilst all in costing less than 10% of the cost of a brand new bath. Part one of your DIY bathroom design complete!

DIY bathroom design: what you’ll need

Find the focal point in your bathroom design
Find the focal point in your bathroom design

Step 2: Panel your design

So many bathrooms are just tiled floor to ceiling which, whilst practical, can feel a bit cold and clinical. The first thing to ask yourself is, do you need so much tiling? Secondly, could wooden panelling be used instead or alongside? It has the benefit of feeling a bit warmer than tiles and allows you to add some colour to the room (and works great with wallpaper too!) It’s simple to install yourself being glued straight to the wall and held in place with pins, and then you can paint it any colour you wish. I used a laser level from ManoMano which really helped get the lines nice and straight despite being a very wonky room. The rest you can do with hand tools but a few power tools such as a circular saw and plane certainly make life easier.

DIY bathroom design: what you’ll need

Adding some panelling to the bespoke bathroom design
Adding some panelling to the bespoke bathroom design

Step 3: Lights, camera, action!

It depends on the space you have available, but do you really need a grid of spotlights? It’s rather hard to have a relaxing bath whilst staring up at a blaze of bright spotlighting across the ceiling. If spotlights are a must, then make sure you install a dimmer switch during your DIY bathroom design! If you have the space, think about the lighting as you would any room. Here I’ve cleaned up and rewired a chandelier that was already in the house which brings an elegant, vintage feel to the room. I’ve then used brass wall lights either side of the mirror. Lights either side rather than from the top are far more flattering!

Bathroom lighting makeover
Bathroom lighting makeover

Step 4: Make a bespoke basin

Here’s where you can really add some character to your bathroom design. Vintage pieces bring so much texture and character to a room and with the availability of countertop basins, it’s easy to create your own vanity unit. Repurposing old furniture can also give you some much needed storage (the drawer on this still functions) whilst hiding the pipework. ManoMano sell all the tools and plumbing you need to create this look too.

DIY bathroom design: what you’ll need

Add a vintage feel to your bathroom design
Add a vintage feel to your bathroom design

Step 5: Floor it

Again, so often an area where plain tiles go down… it’s always worth having a look to see what your floorboards are like. With some elbow grease you can create an exciting floor for your bathroom makeover that’s still practical. In this instance I secured all the old boards and filled any holes. I sanded it all back with a hand sander hooked up to a vacuum to keep down the dust. I then primed it with Zinsser bin, caulked the gaps and finally painted it leaving a hardwearing and water-resistant floor. I went one step further and, with the use of frog tape, created the chequerboard design. This created the optical illusion of making the narrow room feel wider!

DIY bathroom design: what you’ll need

From this…
DIY bathroom flooring design
To this!

So, there you have it – 5 simple DIY bathroom design ideas to turn a plain space into a warm, interesting bathroom – all possible at home with the help of ManoMano. 

Greg, AKA, Man with a Hammer
Greg, AKA, Man with a Hammer

Greg, AKA Man with a Hammer, is slowly renovating a 30 roomed ex-Naval Georgian home in Devon, one room at a time. He does the work in his spare time and is hoping to create a comfortable forever home and rescue a beautiful, if dilapidated building.

Did you enjoy this article from Man with a Hammer on his 5 creative DIY bathroom ideas? Why not learn how to build your own work from home desk or read our guide on how to install a bathtub!

Are you designing your own bathroom? Share your finished results with us on Instagram using the the #mymanomanoway#manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!