I am tiling our bathroom with brown ceramic tile. The shower cabinet
is already tiled with black ceramic tile. Removig it would be a messy,
major job. Is it possible to lay new tiles over the old ones in the
You can, but there's a lot of prep work to do first. You have to clean
the daylights out of it so there isn't a SPECK of soap scum. You
should really clean the grout out too. Then you have to sand the tiles
to remove the glaze. Then you can coat them with thinset and lay your
Even then, you run the risk of a few popping off.
Another alternative, if you have the room, is to attach new Hardy or
cement board over the old tiles. You'll have to use a ceramic bit to
drill through the old tiles and run screws into the studs. But you'll
have a much better surface to work with.
Tiling over tile sounds like a horrible idea....what to do with the
plumbing to fit the extended surface?
If the black is in good shape, why not leave it? Incorporate a border
with black and brown and you might have a "wow" decor.
I haven't tiled, only regrouted, which was a big job for me. Ripping
out the old tile sounds easier than trying (and likely failing) in
putting in tile over tile.
I agree with the other posters. Rip it out and start anew. It won't
take you much longer if any. You should rip out the drywall with the
old tile, it will go faster with less mess. Shouldn't take more than a
couple hours to rip it all out. You may find rotted drywall behind it
anyway. Then install new green board, tile and your done. 3 short days
at best. It will be done correctly in the color you want and will
probably last longer than you will.
Like 50 other people will jump in here and say, don't use green board
for the tub/shower surround. Use concrete backer board. Yes, I know
greenboard was the standard practice for many years after mud-bed died
out, but it still rots and gets mushy when (not if, when) that first
pinhole in the grout or caulking develops.
Personally, I don't think wall tiling is a good DIY job. It isn't rocket
science, but experience makes a lot of difference in the final job. A
DIY can save a lot of money by doing the demo themselves, and perhaps
doing the shimming of the studs and the rough install of the backer
board (and the greenboard or other rot-resistant material OUTSIDE the
splash zone). But I'd rather have an actual expert do the mudding and
taping of the joints, and the tiling. I've seen lots of DIY tile jobs,
and only a very few were pro quality.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.