How to decorate and luxe up your bathtub

Here’s your DIY hack for a high-end bath! Luxe up and decorate the outside of your bathtub with this easy paint hack, from YOU’s interiors editor Nicole Gray

You will need

  • Bath cleaner
  • Sandpaper or sanding tool
  • Plastic sheet
  • Blade scraper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Face mask and gloves
  • For an acrylic bath, use a tub and tile refinishing kit (check out the selection at; for a metal bath you’ll need both an oil-based paint and primer
  • Foam roller/paintbrush
Knitwear designer Alice Byrom’s bathroom. Image: Brent Darby

What to do

  1. Start by thoroughly cleaning the outside of your bath and leave to dry.
  2. Protect all fixtures and brassware with plastic sheet and then sand the outside of your bath to create a smooth painting surface.
  3. If necessary, remove any sealant from the bath’s edges with a blade scraper: go lightly, applying pressure on grimy areas only.
  4. To get a sharp finish, use painter’s tape around the edges and fixtures.
  5. Ensure your bathroom is well ventilated and, wearing a face mask and gloves, prep your paint kit according to its instructions.
  6. Roll the paint vertically and horizontally over the sides of the bath, repeating several times to get an even finish. Allow the first coat to dry before applying the second.
  7. Wait 48 hours for the bath to dry completely before removing tape and using.

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