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Covering ceramic tile countertop

I have ceramic tile countertops. I hate them. I am trying to come up with some way to cover them without removing them on the cheap. I was wondering.....is it possible to pour self leveling paint/cement over the tile to 'fill-in' the grount lines and leave a level smooth surface? If not, has anyone ever tried the countertop restoration products over ceramic tile?

24 comments
  • Bpnnie
    Bpnnie Cedar Rapids, IA
    on Oct 21, 2012

    Hi Shellie, you could try pour cement over them. Cement can be tinted and stenciled. Than you put a poly over it. Give it a thought. They even have a self leveling cement. Very popular doing this. Good Luck!

  • Designs by BSB
    Designs by BSB Lawrenceville, GA
    on Oct 21, 2012

    removing and putting in laminate tops would be worth every penny.. and not be nearly the headaches!

  • 3sonscrazy
    3sonscrazy Fort Collins, CO
    on Oct 22, 2012

    I agree with @Designs by BSB (I often do). I think your best bet for a new countertop is replacing with laminate. It's inexpensive and a fairly easy DIY job (seems easier than pouring cement over tile, anyway).

  • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
    Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com Colonia, NJ
    on Oct 22, 2012

    Why not just refurbish them by painting and redoing the grout? While this is not the best thing to do long term as the tops can be worn if not properly maintained or used with care. You can change the color and make the entire kitchen look different in just a long weekend. Anything else on the cheap will end up costing you much more and because it will be cheap, you may not like what you end up with and what you do not end up with in your back pocket. Which is money. Any counter project can cost you a lot if your thinking of changing materials or altering the existing materials that you already have installed. Paint is the lowest cost method you can do.

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Oct 22, 2012

    Oh am I ever so glad I did not jump on the white tile counter top craze that was going around. Of all the surfaces I have had in over 50 years of home ownership, laminate is my favorite. It is not pourous--a big plus for avoiding contamination...a really big thing for me...it is durable and it does not cost the price of a small country to change out. To me a kitchen is a work place...not a fine piece of furniture so I do not get excited over fancy in a kitchen. In fact, the old farmhouse style kitchens are the most attractive to me! To each his own!

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Oct 22, 2012

    I have replaced crappy old tile with "new and improved" tile. One of my favorites is very large granite tile with a bull nosed edge. When done with small 1/8" grout lines ( or even smaller 1/16" it looks a lot like granite slab.

    granite tile with bull edges

    granite tile with bull edges

  • Mary Insana
    Mary Insana Pittsburgh, PA
    on Oct 24, 2012

    Go to this site and see what you think. I've never used it but have hear nothing but good things about the cabinet and counter top kits. http://rustoleumtransformations.com/tile/

  • Patty Fyke
    Patty Fyke Hudson, FL
    on Oct 29, 2012

    I have the same problem so I am looking on what ideas people are giving you.

  • Shellie
    Shellie Oroville, CA
    on Jan 25, 2013

    For anyone still looking for a solution like this, we used http://www.encorecountertop.com/ concrete kit. It turned out amazing, no more grout lines!

    • Zara1305
      Zara1305 Mesa, AZ
      on Aug 20, 2013

      @Shellie this is for laminate counter tops, we are looking to cover tile

  • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
    Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com Colonia, NJ
    on Jan 25, 2013

    Shellie, I looked at the web site, and the product looks pretty good. However based upon its application which is painting, how does this cover over grout? The product does not appear to be a filler of any kind, only a surface laid material. Or did I miss something? Thanks.

  • Shellie
    Shellie Oroville, CA
    on Jan 25, 2013

    It is actually multiple layers of thin concrete that you trowel on and smooth out. I think by the second 'primer' grit coat the grout had been completely filled in and the surface was level. You would now never know we had grout lines on the flat surface. The bullnose and backsplash was not as perfect. A few spots that we didnt coat well have the slightest divots still, but that was our fault.

  • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
    Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com Colonia, NJ
    on Jan 25, 2013

    Thanks!

  • Mary Insana
    Mary Insana Pittsburgh, PA
    on Jan 26, 2013

    I just painted and stained a small countertop that doesn't get exposed to moisture. It turned out OK.. I wish I would have known about this stuff, but then again, no retailers in PA. I jst re-did a whole wall in my dining room that used to have wall to wall mirrors. I'll post pictures of the complete project when I put the doors to the cabinets back on

    I didn't like the white counter top against the red maghogany cabinets and the glass tiled wall.

    I didn't like the white counter top against the red maghogany cabinets and the glass tiled wall.

    After trying all different color combinations from creamy pearl to a copper color i decided to try to use the same stain/poly color I used on the cabinets. I may put another coat to darken it a little more.

    After trying all different color combinations from creamy pearl to a copper color i decided to try to use the same stain/poly color I used on the cabinets. I may put another coat to darken it a little more.

  • Maria Basilio
    Maria Basilio Valencia, CA
    on Feb 24, 2013

    Hi Shellie. My husband and I are working on refinishing our kitchen countertop tiles (exactly like yours) using skimstone by The Rudd Company same manufacturer of the encore kit. How was your experience with the bonding primer? We are having a difficult time applying it on the tile. I was wondering if you have any tips. We are very close to giving up on this project.

  • Shellie
    Shellie Oroville, CA
    on Feb 25, 2013

    Don't give up!! The primer is weird. It looks like it is going to ruin it, going on chunky and uneven, but after the next coat or two it evens it all out. We felt the same way!

  • IDA
    IDA Dallas, TX
    on Mar 12, 2013

    Covered my tile countertop (mexican tile) with a concrete resurfacer. Made to go over existing concrete. The stuff is cheap, used less than one box that cost $8.00. Added concrete dye, $3.00. Stir resurfacer and dry concrete dye together then add small amount water till like pancake batter.Trowel onto tile, then use squeege and spray bottle of water to level and smooth. Use gloves, and apply by hand to edges. Dries quickly keep wet until satisfied with how it looks. When dry it looks like soapstone. I used 5 different colors that I dabbed on to create pattern that looks like granite then covered with resin. Everyone thinks it is granite, shines beautifully. Whole job cost less than $30.

    • Judy
      Judy Oklahoma City, OK
      on Jan 30, 2017

      Would love to see pic...desperately looking for a fix to my yucky white tile..thank you so much.

  • IDA
    IDA Dallas, TX
    on Mar 12, 2013

    Have used the Rustoleum countertop paint in several apartments. Looked great when I finished, but does not hold up to use. Even when I did 3 coats of marine grade polyurethane, and a bonding primer. Not worth the effort. Difficult to repaint. Do not recomend

  • Carol Doucette
    Carol Doucette Harrison, ME
    on Aug 13, 2013

    IDA how is your concrete countertop holding up?

    • Shellie
      Shellie Oroville, CA
      on Aug 13, 2013

      @Carol Doucette It's great! We are not gentle on it at all and have had only one issue. Unfortunately my husband cracked some eggs on the edge of our spoon rest, which caused yolk to run down the edge and onto the bottom of the rest on the counter. It sat there for a few days and when I grabbed it to put in the dishwasher, the egg yolk had practically glued itself down and it tore up a small strip of the top color layers. Luckily I caught it before it completely ripped off and was able to press it back down. I went McGyver and covered it with some clear nail polish and I just avoid putting heavy use on that tiny spot. However, that tiny issue would by no means stop me from doing it again. It is beautiful and tough and we LOVE it. Just be sure to not let sticky things rest too long!

  • Zara1305
    Zara1305 Mesa, AZ
    on Aug 20, 2013

    I was thinking about grouting the whole thing to cover the grooves plus tile, then sand to a real fine finish but not sure after that. I also HATE the tile squares especially as a kitchen counter top. I did cover with mosaic tile and it looked real good but did not hold up to the heat when I put hot dishes from the oven on, the glass cracks, it also had grout and was constantly having to scrub, I got it all chipped off but now need another solution. I have an old house and it is not worth investing much more money into for new.

  • Shellie
    Shellie Oroville, CA
    on Aug 20, 2013

    @Zara- If you can't tell from the picture, we did cover ceramic tile with the Encore Kit. It worked like a charm, made the end surface completely smooth.

  • Banasconcrete
    Banasconcrete
    on Mar 7, 2014

    I've got a situation. I have a lot of countertop space & not much money. My countertops are 2"x2" tile and are all falling off. I am more than willing along with my husband to put the time & effort into them to save some money. Besides I love remodeling. When we did our kitchen walls we took our time and researched to make sure they would come out great. I would like to do the same thing with my countertops. Please also keep in mind I kind of need something durable for I am a KLUTC. Does anyone have any advice? I am desperate!!!!!!!!

    • Julie Swamp
      Julie Swamp Fort Covington, NY
      on Nov 3, 2015

      Can I just cover this ugly tile with corian or Quartz? Really don't want the demo

      Want it gone!

      Want it gone!

  • Stacey Beck
    Stacey Beck Orem, UT
    on Aug 22, 2014

    I like ceramic tile, I just want new ceramic tile that is a little more up to date. Can I just put it over what I have now or do I need to remove that first. I don't do these kind of projects often as you can probably tell. http://www.house-of-floors.com/prodcat.aspx?I...

    • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
      Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com Colonia, NJ
      on Aug 22, 2014

      @Stacey Beck You can do this, but its not really suggested. The final product will be only as good as the base its put on. Plus the tile surface is not really ideal for attaching tile to. It simply will not adhere as well as it should. I suggest that you remove the existing tiles. Its not really all that hard, although a bit messy. It can be done fast with a flat chisel and a good hammer. Once removed you will need to remove as much cement that is left on the wall as you can to provide a smooth base in which to start. Also adding tile over tile will make the final surface stick out further, making it more difficult to attach and move out outlets. And edges will need to be addressed.

  • Granite Direct
    Granite Direct Spalding, NE
    on Oct 22, 2014

    Yes you can do it yourself, all you need is to take the correct measurements of countertop . We recently replace our old countertop with granite. http://coloradogranite.com

  • Leslie
    Leslie Robinson, IL
    on Apr 22, 2015

    You might look into this....http://www.sarahsbigidea.com/2013/09/faux-crete-counters-from-scratch/ They use ardex feather finish. Here is another link too. http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2013/...

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