Asked on Jul 29, 2018

How can I refresh old tiles without having to replace them?

Randy PAdaSylvia Stechele
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I have a cute old apartment and I want to update the kitchen


7 answers
  • Satindoll
    Satindoll
    on Jul 29, 2018

    There is a special paint you can use on tiles...check with Home Depot or Lowes or you can stencil a flower or whatever you like on some of the tiles to update

  • Michelle Jones
    Michelle Jones
    on Jul 29, 2018

    You can also use chalk paint (Annie Sloan is expensive but reliable) or Giani countertop finish which also goes over tiles. I just painted my cupboards in White Annie Sloan chalk paint (great) did the countertop in Diamond White Giani (great coverage but I wish I had been more careful with the pouncing) and made the mistake of ripping out the tile backsplash. I wanted white tiles with a black accent and didn't think creatively enough about how I could do this. So, I ripped them out, had to fix the wall and then wound up with a "wow" or dip in it. I then made the mistake of using mastic and grout when the temperature was over 80 F. It all looks clean and neat and I am pleased with the overall "feel" but I am kicking myself for rushing the job.You can also use chalk paint (Annie Sloan is expensive but reliable) or Giani countertop finish which also goes over tiles. I just painted my cupboards in White Annie Sloan chalk paint (great) did the countertop in Diamond White Giani (great coverage but I wish I had been more careful with the pouncing) and made the mistake of ripping out the tile backsplash. I wanted white tiles with a black accent and didn't think creatively enough about how I could do this. So, I ripped them out, had to fix the wall and then wound up with a "wow" or dip in it. I then made the mistake of using mastic and grout when the temperature was over 80 F. It all looks clean and neat and I am pleased with the overall "feel" but I am kicking myself for rushing the job.

    Today I discovered that there is a product which actually allows you to tile over tiles...sigh...now they tell me! It looks like you have too much to tile over so I suggest chalk paint. Then you can repaint the grout lines in a contrasting colour or get a grout pen. I tried one and it didn't work really well for me but I think it was because the floor needs re-grouting.

    You may want to get your landlord's permission for such a big change.


  • Mni17862916
    Mni17862916
    on Jul 30, 2018

    I also want to paint over tiles in my bathroom. I asked Hometalker for suggestions, the answer was to use Rustolium Tub N Tile Paint Kit which I had used to paint my bath tub. Epoxy paint was another suggestion. Good luck with your work.
  • Sus7887901
    Sus7887901
    on Jul 30, 2018

    Painting is an option

  • Sylvia Stechele
    Sylvia Stechele
    on Jul 31, 2018

    Using a different color grout, maybe an off color that will be a good contrast to the tile. This can make a big difference. Looks like it needs regrouting. Yellow tile with black grout or red or even purple. You can find grout in all colors now. Go to a hardware store and see what they suggest. And you can always stencil on a few tiles also. Ask about tile paint. Keep white grout on the edge tiles
  • Ada
    Ada
    on Aug 28, 2018

    peel and stick backsplash

  • Randy P
    Randy P
    on Aug 28, 2018

    Try cleaning the grout first with baking soda and water and a dish scrubber (not a scratchy abrasive). If that works, you won't need to re-grout. I have cleaned several sixty year old ALL TILE bathrooms that were totally rejuvenated.

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