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Inspiration for a modern mosaic tile bathroom remodel in San Francisco

Cary Bernstein Architect Choy 1 Residence

Inspiration for a modern mosaic tile bathroom remodel in San Francisco —  Houzz

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b3lle33 wrote:January 24, 2011
  • Annie Thornton
    Although this is not a permanent bathroom fix, if you want to extend the life of your ceramic bathroom tile for a few years, then painting ceramic bathroom tiles is definitely an option.

    1. <b>clean, clean, clean!</b> I read on countless sites that the most important thing people forget to do is clean the tile thoroughly before starting. Make sure that you get all of the soap scum, grime, lime scale, etc. off of the tiles and grout.

    2. Let dry, and then sand the tiles with a medium grit sandpaper until they are dull and no longer glossy. Make sure that you clean up all of the excess dust with a damp towel or equivalent.

    3. If you are going to re-grout your tiles you may want to do that first. If you grout after it can ruin your newly painted tiles.

    4. Coat the tile surface with a bonding primer to seal it against moisture and everything that goes with it (mold, etc.)

    5. Let dry according to the directions, sand the primer, clean, and then prime again.

    6. Once dry, apply an oil based gloss paint with a natural bristle brush.

    7. Let the paint dry thoroughly and apply another coat.

    8. After that has dried, apply a clear polyurethane finish to seal the color in.

    Again, I want to emphasize that this is not a forever fix for your bathroom. But it is a nice and less expensive way to remodel your bathroom on a budget. In order to ensure it's longevity, try not to paint tiles that are constantly wet, and make sure that when you clean the tiles you aren't using an excessively abrasive cleaner.
  • waynehorwitz
    WARNING - no matter how well you do the job, painting over tiles will ALWAYS look like you painted over the tiles. Not worth it in my opinion.
ubathroom wrote:July 21, 2011
    Sakamoto Architects wrote:October 24, 2012
    What a rich floor color! what is the material?

      bikinikitty wrote:November 30, 2012
      what type of frame did you use to achieve the look of the window over the bath? Is it frameless?

        ceecee500 wrote:January 31, 2013
        where to purchase roller shades

        • lumwyman
          Try IKEA for roller shades. We had one in our kitchen.
        • Diana Summers
          Thank you!
        mkoulomz wrote:November 21, 2013
        which mosaic tile and color are used here?

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          Cary Bernstein Architect
          The tile is from Bisazza. This project was done a long time ago and colors change so I would check their current light gray range.
        elisalinscott wrote:September 7, 2014
        • elbeegee
          How do you open the transom?
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