How to Paint a Shower with Tub & Tile Paint

3 years ago by in bathroom, DIY

I have just come to the realization that in order to show you my “new” amazing shower, I need to show you the before photos.

I so do want to do this.

It’s gross. It’s embarrassing. When people come over to tour our new home I yell, “Don’t look in that shower!”

Alright. Let’s just get this over with. Ready? Here’s my 90’s disgusting shower…



The worst part is… I cleaned it for the photos. Seriously. I scrubbed it for over an hour since I had to clean it before refinishing. Na-sty!


Our first plan was to rip the whole thing out and put in a new shower. Then we looked at just putting tile over the existing shower. And finally we had a reality check and realized the cost was waaay more than what we wanted to pay on top of  everything else we are upgrading in the bathroom.

Then… I saw this!


Hallelujah. For less than $30 a box, this is the solution I am looking for!

The Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit can seem intimidating at first, but no worries. It ended up being much easier than I thought it would. The box has not only easy to follow instructions, but a full list of needed supplies as well. The process is basically this: Clean your shower really good, lightly sand the entire area, tape off areas you don’t want to paint, mix the paint, and get to work!


I painted two coats total on the walls, and three coats on the bottom. The bottom of our shower has a little more texture to it, so it took an extra coat of paint. It required two kits to do the whole thing, which is pretty good since the shower is large and tall.


I found it was easiest to paint the corners and hard to reach areas first with a brush, and then roll the rest of the paint on with a very smooth roller. Also, be sure to wear a respirator mask like Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit. Epoxy paints have VERY strong fumes. (You can check out me in my awesome apocalyptic mask on Instagram HERE.)


Ready to see the after? Oh my gosh, you guys are seriously going to die. Here it is!


I know what you are thinking… I swear it really is the same bathroom. ¬†To say I love how it turned out is an understatement.


We have a new faucet pull arriving in the mail any day now, so that will really help the update look more complete. Now all we have left to do is install the new (old) clawfoot bathtub, and place beadboard on the walls.


I am so glad I found the Tub & Tile Paint, because I’m still not sure if I will be able to get the antique clawfoot tub as clean as I would like. (It’s still gathering dust in the garage.) If it doesn’t clean up well, I will definitely be using this again. AND I already have a few more boxes to paint the kids bathtub and shower, so I will be posting before and after shots of that as soon as I am done.


Final reveal coming soon! And be sure to follow me on Instagram to get a sneak peek at the progress.

A very big thank you to Rust-Oleum for sending me the Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit to try out!

20 Responses to “How to Paint a Shower with Tub & Tile Paint”

Janalyn H.
August 5, 2013 Reply

You are right, that turned out great! Can’t wait to see the whole thing.

BRILLIANT! Wow, I’m so impressed with your courage to do this project & the wonderful results. Thanks for sharing it.

Warmly, Michelle
Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust
Michelle at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust recently posted..Keswick England & The Lake District – We Stayed on a FarmMy Profile

August 6, 2013 Reply

I’m so glad you posted this. We recently moved into a new to us house and our shower looks worse than your before and I’ve just about given up that there is hope for it. Now, I know what I need to do; thanks!

Its really come out nice. Its magic that an old bathroom is transformed into a new one with just a few small steps and without having to undergo the pain of changing a lot of things that would take a lot of time.

September 18, 2013 Reply

I know it hasn’t been done too long, but how is it holding up? I have this fear of tackling my VERY ugly 70’s era shower, but would hate to put in the effort for it to start peeling or be tough to clean ,etc.

Natalie Wright
September 18, 2013 Reply

Hi Alison! It has held up fabulously. I am amazed at how durable it is, especially since I drop my heavy razor just about every day. You are right, it has only been a few weeks. Feel free to ask me again in the future… I am eager to see how it continues to hold up as well.

Eli Story
February 8, 2014 Reply

How is it holding up after 4 months?

Natalie Wright
February 18, 2014 Reply

Hey Eli! it’s holding up great! I ended up painting my kids bathtub and shower combo shortly after, and it has held up beautifully as well. Our kids tub is very curved, so it was tricky to paint with a roller. I ended up brushing it on and when you sit in the tub you can feel a slight difference in the texture. My kids have never noticed, but it was a challenge to get it perfectly smooth. I don’t think it’s noticeable visually, and it has held up fabulously. I was worried about the tub since water would be sitting in it for up to an hour while my kids bathed, but so far so good!

April 15, 2014 Reply


Great write up, thinking of doing this with my “Blue” bath tub to white.. Just wondering how its holding up, I’m a bit afaid since any chip will show thru…

June 20, 2014 Reply

How’s your shower looking? I really want to get rid of the ugly pale yellow tile on
my bathroom wall. I don’t have a respirator – should I really use one?


Natalie Wright
June 23, 2014 Reply

It’s still looking good! And yes, you definitely need a respirator! The fumes are very strong.

September 24, 2014 Reply

How long would you say until the fumes dissapate? Do they fill the whole house or just the area you’re working in? We have a one year old in the house and just want to be sure that he doesn’t breathe any of it in. Would we need to have him out of the house on a playdate for awhile or would it be better if he and his parents went away for the weekend when we painted the tile in our master bath, or was any removal necessary if it’s confined to our master bath?

Also, how’s it holding up after a year? :-)

October 19, 2014 Reply

I was wondering if the shower floor wound up being slippery or did the refinishing pick up the original graininess of the floor?

September 25, 2015 Reply

you are in point of fact a good webmaster. The web site loading speed is incredible.
It sort of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick.
Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you’ve done a fantastic activity on this subject!
Vernon recently posted..VernonMy Profile

October 23, 2015 Reply


May 24, 2016 Reply

Today is 5/24/016. So how is your shower restoration paint job holding up now ???

Natalie Wright
May 29, 2016 Reply

It’s holding up great! I actually did two bathrooms, one that has firm walls, and the other has walls with some movement. I have seen slight cracking in the walls that have a little bend. I would suggest making sure your shower is made with a material that is firm and doesn’t flex when you step inside it. If it’s stiff and doesn’t move, it should hold up great. I would also suggest non using an abrasive bleach cleaner when cleaning your shower afterward. I got an email from a reader that said Comet slightly removed the finish of the paint. Hope that helps!

July 6, 2016 Reply

Hi Natalie, I am very impressed. I didn’t realize that you could do that. Is white the only color it comes in?

September 8, 2016 Reply

I would think white is the only color it comes in however I am wondering if you could add dye or food coloring perhaps to it? I am not sure how the chemicals would react though.

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge