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Judy
Last reply on Jan 30, 2017

Covering ceramic tile countertop

24
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Judy
Last reply on Jan 30, 2017

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?

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  • 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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