That Pink Was Stink

Until a few months ago, I enjoyed the color pink.  HECK even this blog has lots of pink.

Then we bought our house and little pink squares of Satan kept popping up.  First it was the tub and tile.  Then it was the floor.  {sigh.}

A picture is worth a thousand words but when you see this you will say, “Never a good plan.”

pink bathtub before logo

bathroom floor pink logoSerious grossness.

Ripping out ceramic tile can be a ton of work and/or costly.  We don’t have the extra time or money to focus on this bathroom right now.  I would rather have furniture and a new kitchen, so I started thinking up ways to just get by until we are ready to tackle it head on.  I figured I would stick to my “paint everything” method.quinn in tub diy paint logo

Pinterest is always my life saver, so I started reading tutorials from other bloggers.

No one had a clear answer and there wasn’t a tutorial I felt really impressed with.  That’s when it dawned on me.

I use Zinsser Oil Based Primer for almost every project including painting laminate furniture.  I figured I could use it on tile, too!  So I just went with it and after months of showering and bathing Quinn, it looks exactly the same as the first day I painted it.  The only thing I might do differently is add another coat of paint that is shiny because you will notice the primer is matte.

What I used for the Tub Tile and repeated for Floor Tile:
I started by cleaning the floor tile and scraping all of the leftover glue (and other unmentionables.) I am so glad I own this Shark Steam Pocket Mop steamer! It helped loosen everything up so I could scrape much more easily.

Fine Finisher 6″ Foam Roller $7.50 for 6

Cheap paintbrushes $5.99 for 5

Zinsser Cover Stain Primer/Sealer $28 (I already had this since I use it for everything)  Also available in spray paint if that’s your thing!

I primed the entire tub tile and floor.  Just one coat on the floor and two on the tub.

painting bath tile white from pink logo primer on tile logo

Once the tub was white only, I added the stripe with the Soft Panther paint.

bathroom floor tub logo

I also rolled the floor with Soft Panther.

bathroom floor 5 logo

 For the Tub:

Rust-Oleum Tub And Tile Refinishing Kit $25.97

This kit is basically a 2 step process which you repeat three times.  You scrub with a solution, scrub with steel wool and then repeat.  If I had to do this again, I would have just opted for the Zinsser spray I listed above instead.  It’s held up better than the epoxy kit finish and would have been much less work!

And the final product (for now):

bathroom floor 3 logo

quinn in tub diy paint text overlay

Other notes:

As you can see, this is a little over $30, but you will have rollers, brushes and primer left over for more projects, so it’s well worth the money to get more than you need for just a tub.  The only thing I had to purchase for this entire project was the Epoxy kit since I already had everything else.

-When spraying the tub with epoxy, make sure you cover your body and wear a mask.  It’s super stinky!  It will also settle and leave a dust so cover anything (like the toilet or floor) so you don’t paint it by default.

-This primer will ruin your brush or roller unless you use a special cleaner.  Just plan on buying a cheap brush and tossing it.  It’s not worth the time or vapors you would inhale to clean your brush!

-The primer dries somewhat quickly, so try to use the brush on the grout and roll that section vs brushing all the grout at once.

-The primer is VERY stinky.  Use a ventilated mask, or keep windows and doors open with a fan on.

This is a very simple project, but time consuming when you consider the time I spent ripping up tile and cleaning it.  You could tackle painting in one day, but an Epoxy kit needs longer cure time.  So figure that into your plans if you are using that kit for your tub.

If there is anything I missed, please leave me a comment or email me!  I would love to help and hear about your transformation!

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