1950's style wall tile in bathroom

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by angierae, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. angierae

    angierae DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2010
    Is there a budget way of recoloring bathroom tile that's on the walls? My MIL says in their old house they had to pay a ton of money to a company that came in with some sort of chemical thing to strip the top layer off all the tile and then recolor it, but I was wondering if there's a DIY solution that doesn't involve gutting the bathroom and re-doing it?

    I hate my bathroom and it's ugly peach tile. :)
  2. vcasey

    vcasey Mouseketeer

    Aug 14, 2001
  3. Disney845

    Disney845 I miss my custom tags

    May 30, 2002
    Google tile refinishing kit.

    There are DIY products out there. One is made by Rustoleum.

    Can't comment on how difficult it may be, or the results, as I haven't tried it myself.
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  5. rie'smom

    rie'smom <font color=green>"Always let your conscience be y

    Sep 13, 2005
    There is an epoxy product you can use however, the result is not as pretty as that from a tile refinishing company . My friend did it as a DIY project and her end result was a new color but very dull and there were a few streaks and drips. We had a company do our boy's bathroom-changed from pink to burgundy- and it looked like we had changed all of the tile. it had the nice sheen that ceramic tiles have.
  6. Brer Shay

    Brer Shay compulsive Disney planner

    Feb 20, 2008
    We have a similar tile in a powder room at our home. Previous owners sanded the tile and painted it - primer + two coats. It does look a bit odd because of the pattern of the tiles, however the paint has held up strikingly well - no chips, scratches, etc..

    Don't know that it's an ideal fix, but it is inexpensive and effective in comparison to a bathroom redo.
  7. preschoolmom

    preschoolmom DIS Veteran

    Mar 3, 2007
    Learn to love it? Certainly the cheapest option! (Our house was built in the 50s, we have one blue bathroom and one pink one :thumbsup2 )

  8. a1tinkfans

    a1tinkfans Spreading Some Pixie Dust Today!

    Aug 12, 2006
    My dad has that old style Pink tole with black tile accent from the 50-60's. We just changed out fixtures, added Gray accents and towels and it looks quite good, retro and saved lots of $$$. If you can "think outside the box" you may realize that its Ok with some fix its...Good Luck!

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