Friday, March 22, 2013

Filling Holes in Ceramic Tile

Hey there! Didn't mean to be gone all week, but my little bathroom project turned out to be a bigger pain than I thought it would be. Go figure.

Anyway, when last I left you, I had just removed the ugly shower door from the kids' bathroom.

The shower door came off very easily. I simply lifted and removed the doors from the track. I then sliced the caulking with a razor blade, removed the top track, and unscrewed the frame. I scraped away the remaining caulk using Goo Gone and a razor blade. Pretty simple.

But, then I was left with 6 of these...

Holes in the tile.

I decided to fill the holes with marine and plastic putty.

This stuff worked great. I sliced off a bit of the tube, rolled it into little balls and stuffed it into each hole. I scraped off the excess with a putty knife.

In 24 hours, the putty was completely hard. It was ready to be sanded and painted.

And this, my friends, is where I hit a road block.

If my tile had been pure white, there would be no issue. You see, every porcelain repair kit or epoxy kit I could find came in "white." My tile is slightly off-white, and using white paint would just make the holes stand out even more.

This is why I haven't blogged for the past few days. I was using all my brain power to come up with a solution to my problem. Believe me, there isn't much left :)

Here's what I decided to do. I bought this...

Rust-oleum Appliance epoxy in "biscuit."

Now, I just wanted to touch up the small holes, so I sprayed some paint into a trim pan. Using a small paint brush, I dabbed the paint over the holes.

If you look closely, you'll see where I touched it up, but it blends in pretty darn well. And, from a distance, it really isn't noticeable.

Although from a distance, you can see how filthy the bathroom is :)

Things are going to get a whole lot worse in this room before they get better. My simple makeover is turning into a bit of a nightmare. But, that's a story for another day...

Have a fabulous weekend! And, if you have an ugly shower door, go rip it out!! You can do it :)


  1. That was a pretty smart solution. I never would have thought about spraying the paint into a container and using a brush or sponge. Very clever!

  2. Oh- It looks great- You would never notice it. I would never have thought of the marine caulk though. It is looking good! xo Diana

  3. Very clever solution, Carolyn! You did a great job.
    Hope you're having a happy weekend,
    ~ Wendi

  4. Just came from Kim's blog where I saw your amazing master it!!! It's so BIG and beautiful:-)

    I'm redoing my master bathroom right now also. Nothing major, just painting, cleaning things up and adding some fun vintage finds.

    Good luck with this bathroom makeover. CAn't wait to see what you come up with!


  5. Great idea with the spray paint! The tile looks great!

  6. did not let a stinking little hole stop you! There is always a way right:)

  7. Great post! We are in the middle of a mini bathroom remodel ourselves and I am wondering where you purchased the marine putty?

    Thanks so much!!

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  9. My ceramic tile in Toronto has been forming those like crazy, thanks for the info on fixing that!

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  17. Your brainstorming session has shown great results! That's a clever solution you came up with. I had once used grout in covering up holes in the tiles and then rubbed a slash of paint over it. Perfect disguise.