Cheryl Phan
Cheryl Phan
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  • West Palm Beach, FL

Painted Scallop Tile Floor Makeover Project

6 Materials
$85
1 Day
Easy

Imagine, NO demolition and NO mess! Most people are totally surprised when I tell them that I can paint over tile. But there are a few things you should know before you get started.
painted scallop tile floor makeover project
This was the existing floor. The design was not centered to the elevator door, and it just threw the entire room off. So instead of drilling out the tile and creating a huge mess, my client called me to work my magic with paint.
painted scallop tile floor makeover project
This was the pattern we selected from Royal Design Studio. The reason we picked this one, there were no lines that would make your eye follow a pattern. Plus it had a nice even flow.

painted scallop tile floor makeover project
First I taped off the floorboards with blue tape and brown paper.
painted scallop tile floor makeover project
Then I used an electric Sander and sand floor with 150 grit sandpaper. 
This will give it what is called a “tooth” which basically means it helps make the primer stick.
painted scallop tile floor makeover project
Next I cleaned the floor with TSP. Be sure to remove all the dust otherwise your paint won't stick properly.
painted scallop tile floor makeover project
I then primed the floor with 2 coats Stik Primer.
painted scallop tile floor makeover project
I applied 2 coats of satin paint. (This is Benzamine Moore American White)
Feel free to use whatever color you want.
painted scallop tile floor makeover project
I like working on the large section first and then doing the sides. The stencil used on this floor was Spanish Lace Scallop. The stencil color Benjamin Moore Stormy Monday.

painted scallop tile floor makeover project
Lastly I sealed it with 3 coats of Polycrylic clear coat. Now that you've seen how easy the project is, you’ll think twice before you rip out your tile floors. This tile floor makeover saved a lot of money; total cost $85.

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3 of 11 questions
  • Char
    on Jul 9, 2018

    Did you rinse after cleaning with TSP?

  • Sandy Fink
    on Jul 25, 2018

    Can you do this if your tile are squares with grout lines

    • Cheryl Phan
      on Jul 25, 2018

      I don't see why not. You can have a stencil make to fit the exact size of y our tile so you don't have to worry about matching it up. Then you can go in and paint the grout lines.

  • Liz Gutie
    on Jul 29, 2018

    What do you suggest for someone who wants to change the color of bathroom wall tiles that are pink? Can this method be used on bathroom tiles and withstand humidity?

    • Cheryl Phan
      on Jul 29, 2018

      I don't see why not. Just make sure you apply a clear coat after you paint it.


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  • Cheryl Phan
    on Jul 29, 2018

    There wasn't any grout lines. The tile where close together. Not all tiles have a grout line.

  • Vivian
    on Jul 30, 2018

    That was less mess sorry!

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