Oops, I Messed up My Painted Floor

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Have you ever messed up a painting project and had to redo the entire thing? I hate when that happens.

Even though I’m known as an expert in my field, I will admit I’m not perfect.

This is one of my most recent boo-boos. Thank goodness it was in my house and not a client.

The good news is because I’m an “Expert” I do know how to fix it.

Let me show you what I did wrong and how I fixed it.

Ok, so let’s start with what I did wrong. There were actually two things I didn’t do that I should have.

See where the paint is coming up from the tile? This is because I most likely didn’t sand it well enough. When you’re prepping your tile make sure you sand the heck out of it. It needs what they call tooth so the primer will stick better. My bad…

See where the gray is a little darker in some spots. I didn’t save the base color, so it was very difficult to match up. So, I ended up having to re-do the entire porch. Lesson learned SAVE THE PAINT in case you have touchups.

Ok so let’s talk about how to repair the damage.

Step #1

Using a razor blade, I removed all the loose paint first. Then I went over the exposed tile with heavy grit sandpaper to make sure it was sanded well.

Step #2

Then I cleaned the entire floor to remove any dirt with TSP.

Step #3

Next, I used a deglosser on the entire floor to make sure the primer would stick to the painted surface.

Step #4

I reprimed the floor with oil-based primer (2 coats)

Step #5

When the primer was dry, I painted it with regular house paint. It doesn’t matter what you use as the base. The primer and topcoat are the most important steps.

Step #6

Apply the stencil design with a sponge roller or a stencil brush.

Here are the tile stencils I use. Measure your tile before ordering.

Tip: make sure you offload the paint on a paper towel before applying, so you don’t get any bleeding.

Step #7

Last step. Apply 3-4 coats of sealer and let it dry overnight before putting your furniture on it.

Here’s the original blog I did for this porch with the steps and supply list. The painted floor design is a little different.

Learn from my mistakes…..If I would have saved the base coat and the stencil color, I could have just repaired a few tiles rather than redo the entire floor.

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  • Marsha Marsha on Jun 28, 2022

    Great info! I’ll be painting and stenciling the ceramic tile floor in our master bathroom soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cheryl Phan Cheryl Phan on Jun 29, 2022

    Hi Marsha, I have painted many floors. This process works great. But the most important step is the Prep. Make sure you sand the tile really good. It need what they call tooth for the primer to stick well. I must have missed a few whenI did this floor. Here's a link to my website if you want to check out some of my other finishes. You can also sign up to get my monthly blog: http://artzyfartzycreations.com Have a great day! Cheryl