How can I change the color of ceramic tile under a wood stove?

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Our corner wood burning fire place stove sits on a 4 X4 ceramic tile floor and is backed by two 4 X 4 walls. Removal is not an option. The tile is blue gray and our redecorated Living Room is earth tones with a rather dark hard wood floor. I need ideas and how-to help.

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  • Janice Janice on Mar 22, 2018
    Clean both the tiles and grout extremely well. Chose a urethane-based floor paint in the color of your choice. Then seal with a clear urethane based sealer. Done!
  • Ken Ken on Mar 22, 2018
    You can paint ceramic tile and there are lots of sites giving advice on painting tiles in bathrooms. Your application should be less demanding, so go for it. Here's contractor advice from Sherwin Williams: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/property-facility-managers/education/styles-and-techniques/sw-article-pro-resuscitateold
  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 22, 2018
    We built a hearth pad over ours! We used a pice if cement board from Lowe’s and a piece of plywood over that and picked out a nice tile and grout. You may have to blow up the picture a bit to see it
  • Con20955704 Con20955704 on Mar 22, 2018
    You can use a bonding primer,then paint using a foam roller
  • Edie Pfeifer Edie Pfeifer on Mar 22, 2018
    OK, so the wood burning stove sits on the tiles? Anything you do will have to be heat resistant, right? Painting the tiles is not an option, unless you use a heat resistant paint. They make that, in a spray, but as far as I know color is limited to flat black . Personally, I would leave it alone, and use that color as an accent in the room. Think throw pillows, lamps, area rug. Blue-gray may brighten up an earth tone room.
  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 22, 2018
    Blue and brown go together, I would leave it as it is. You can have some blue accents and maybe some blue in pictures you hang.
  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 09, 2020

    Hi Carole bluish grey matches earth tones, but you could pain the tile with heat tolerant paint, (your colors are a little limited) or you could clean the existing tiles up and tile over them with a color you prefer. I attached some pics of earth tones with blue and grey for you to check out as well

  • Candice McGrath Candice McGrath on Mar 26, 2021

    Hi Carole,

    Did you find a solution? We've also got some beautiful blue tile around our wood stove that I'd like to paint. Just laid down the new flooring, walls will be white and I grabbed a can of Rustoleum high heat paint in flat black for the actual stove. I'm so lost as to what colour I'd even do the tile but surely anything would be better than the blue!

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