Hey, all! I have been getting a lot of feedback that many of you cannot find this product at your local hardware stores. I have personally contacted Rust-Oleum and unfortunately they have discontinued this Tile Transformation Kit in most stores. For those interested, they have informed me about another similar product called Specialty Tub & Tile Refreshing kit —> Please note, I did not test this kit out, just passing the info along!
Are you curious as to how this tile. . .
can look like this?
or how this shower stall transformed to that?
Well then you came to the right place!
During last week’s BIG bathroom reveal, a lot of you were surprised to learn that bathroom tiles can actually be painted!
As you may recall from my One Room Challenge, the only area I replaced the tile was on the bathroom floor. The pink tiles around the tub and the shower stall where left as is. I felt like it was a waste of time and money to tear down perfectly good tile due to its dated colour. So I opted for an easier solution, tile paint! And what a transformation it ended up being!
Now I’m not going to lie, at first I had some hesitation to tile paint. . .
Does it actually work?
Will it look good?
Is it hard to do?
Will it last?
But after a little online research and many positive reviews (gotta love the internet), I decided to give it a try with Rust-Oleum Tile Tranformations – Solid Colour Textured Finish.
Just an FYI, there are two different types of Rust-Oleum tile transformation finishes: the solid colour texture finish (the one I used here) and the natural stone finish.
Things you should know:
One kit covers 50 square feet (it’s the size of a quart) and only one coat is needed. However, I personally found that the product graciously covers a little more than that!
There are 14 colours to choose from. Keep in mind if you purchase the kit, you must get the colour tinted before you leave the store. Yes, even if you want white.
This is epoxy paint that is engineered to bond tightly to ceramic or porcelain tile. It does smell!
Any brushes, trays or clothing that this paint touches is ruined. Nothing can be saved!
Paint during the day and use extra light source if needed. Shadows and tile paint are not friends.
- Follow the instructions correctly and I promise you that you will love staring at your newly painted tiles.
So what’s included:
- Textured Bond Coat Part A
- Textured Bond Coat Part B
- 6mm (1/4″) nap roller
- Scrub Pads
- Stir Sticks
Not included in the kit:
- Synthetic Paint Brush
- Roller Frame
- Paint Tray
- Painter’s Tape
- Drop cloths & Rags
- Disposable Gloves
- Protective Glasses & Masks
The process is pretty straight forward. Here we go.
Clean + Tape
Use the enclosed cleaner to scrub the entire surface you want to paint and make sure you do a really good job. Remove all caulking. The paint will not stick to it.
Tape off the areas that you want to protect. This paint kind of reminds me of a krazy glue on steroids, it is super duper adherent and will not come off easy after it dries. Make sure you protect your fixtures or any areas that meet the wall. Cover your tub or shower areas with a drop cloth.
Mix + Paint
Put your protective mask on and mix the two parts of paint together (pour Texture Bond Coat A Activator into Textured Bond Coat B Base). Be prepared for some harsh smelling fumes.
Next, start the painting. The instructions suggest that one person uses the synthetic paint brush to cut the outer edges and corners, while the other partner follows behind with the roller for vertical surfaces. (I obviously called dibs on the cutting and the hubby was left with the rolling.)
This process seemed to work okay for the bathtub but as you can see two people in our tiny shower stall was not happening. Since you have to move fairly quickly with this paint, the hubby just used the edge of the roller to cut the corners in the shower. It went a lot faster this way.
However, this may be the very reason why our roller started breaking apart at the very end.
When everything is all said and done, inspect for any drips, imperfections, uneven texture before you call it a day.
I will mention this. One of the very first things listed on the instruction sheet is about lighting, it says:
“if lighting is dim, bring in extra light source”
We should have listened!
We started painting around mid afternoon when the sun was shining through the window, by the time we finished painting, the sun was no longer gleaming in. We inspected everything twice to make sure we had good coverage and it looked perfect. However, the next day, I noticed this:
We had a little unevenness towards the bottom of our shower stall. I guess working in a tight space, we didn’t realize the shadows starting to creep in especially when we got to the bottom. If we had the extra lighting, we would have caught this but in our current lighting conditions it was literally undetectable.
So if your working in a tight space where shadows maybe lurking around, bring in the extra lighting!
A couple other things to note:
I was a little worried how these raised flowers would look after the paint job. I can tell you I’m quite pleased with the results! In fact, it took me a couple of minutes just to locate one of these flowers to take a photograph. I also had to darken the image a bit just to show you the outline.
One last thing. I just want to share my stupid mistake so this does not happen to you. In the beginning of this post, I told you to make sure you throw everything out after use.
Out of sheer habit, I went to throw our painting tray in our laundry tub for washing. After a couple minutes, I realized what I did. I went back to get the tray and some paint had fallen into our tub. I instantly tried to wash it. Of course, I just made it worst and now it permanently looks like this.
Overall I was quite please with this product. It covered my tiles extremely well. This bathroom transformation has to be one of my favourites. It just goes to show you that you can work with what you got in order to spruce things up on a friendly budget.
If you have anymore questions regarding this product, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below!
Disclosure: I received samples of Rust-Oleum’s Tile Transformations (Solid Colour Textured Finish) Kit for review purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in this post are completely based on my own experience.