One of our blog subscribers asks:
My 1950’s bathroom has pink and black tile. The tile is thick, sturdy and in good condition, but I would like the room to be more up-to-date.
Can I paint the tile or should I have it replaced?
Hey, I remember that color scheme!
Let’s break your question down.
1. Ceramic tile can be painted, but paint industry experts do not recommend painting tile in high-traffic or high-moisture areas.
So painting bathroom tile is not a lasting solution.
2. Replacing 1950’s tile is a dirty job, so if this is what you choose to do, cover your ears, cover your furniture or leave your house for the day!
I’m guessing that the top tile on your bathroom wall protrudes about a 1/2″ and has a rounded profile. This type of tile is known as a “mud cap” and was used to
finish off what is commonly known as a “mud installation” – a method was built to last.
My best contractors have needed a sledgehammer to remove it, since behind each tile is a glob of cement. The good news is that you’ll gain a few inches of space by removing all that … stuff.
3. If you’re on a tight budget, another option is to keep your tile and replace the toilet, vanity, sink, faucet, lighting and medicine cabinet.
A fresh coat of paint will tie it all together for a more modern look with a kitschy (pink and black) edge.
Refer to my Portfolio page (projects Nip/Tuck: Hall Bath-South Orange,NJ | Nip/Tuck: Master Bath-South Orange, NJ) for an example of this type of solution.
You may be thinking: So what about the shower fixtures, Lynn?
Replacing shower fixtures is whole other subject, which I will cover in another post, since I have received numerous inquiries on this subject.
So please check back in for more on that topic!