Asked on May 04, 2016

How can we cover up chipped spots on our kitchen tiles?

by Sandra
We have white tile in our kitchen and there are spots where we have dropped things and chipped the tile. Now we have these brown spots in the tile. What can be used to cover them up and be sturdy enough to be walked on without getting removed?
  23 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 04, 2016
    U-tube would be your best best to actually be able to visualize the repair.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 04, 2016
    The biggest drawback of ceramic tile is that it cracks easily. I had it in my kitchen and the best thing I ever did was get a runner that ran the length of the floor in front of the countertop and another for under the table. As the tiles cracked we eventually had them replaced.
    • Jean Myles Jean Myles on May 04, 2016
      If you don't have too many you could use nail polish . You might have to mix a couple of colours to get the right shade.But it's a cheap easy fix until you replace the floor.
  • Colleen Colleen on May 05, 2016
    We have very similar tile in our kitchen and also have a chip. I recently used grout renew to cover the gross (original) unsealed grout and also used grout renew to fill the chip. You have to look really hard now to even tell where it was. This pic shows the product we used (it comes in different colors) and also the covered the base of the bottle.
  • MamaSita MamaSita on May 05, 2016
    Purchase some mortar in lowes or HD in a small jar or plastic tub. Usually it's a dark beige when it dries. Add acrylic paint to it when it's wet to match the tile as much as you can. Take a paintbrush and brush it on, then let it dry.( If it's a smooth surface you want, take a small piece of wax paper and put it over the mortar and gently press it down. Don't let the mortar spread out over the rest of the tile. After it's dry in a couple of hours , pull off the wax paper and the chip should be smooth and not noticeable. I would try this on an extra piece of tile first before putting it on your kitchen floor. I did this in my bathroom and it's holding up well. Unsanded grout might work as well but haven't tried that. Alternately if it's really a tiny chip you could just use acrylic paint to hide the flaw.
  • Jacalyn Jacalyn on May 05, 2016
    Like Colleen, I have also used grout renew to cover small chips, as well as gross grout. It worked great for me. Good luck!
  • Linda Linda on May 05, 2016
    I'd buy a bottle of the epoxy paint you get to fix dings in tubs and appliances. It comes in white. You could tone down the bright white with VERY little brown to match.
  • Laurette Laurette on May 05, 2016
    You can purchase ceramic tile repair in a tube from Home Depot. I have white tile and it worked perfectly!
  • Bre1692319 Bre1692319 on May 05, 2016
    There's a product I just found that's premixed grout. Just put a little on a wet finger and rub in! You can find it at Home Depot or Lowes.
  • Yvonne De Leon Yvonne De Leon on May 05, 2016
    I have had good luck covering tile chips by using craft Patio paint. Might have to mix two or 3 paints to get the exact color. Be sure to clean the ding good first.
  • Linda Linda on May 05, 2016
    Nail polish
  • Jda3887863 Jda3887863 on May 05, 2016
    I used fingernail polish. It doesn't fill the chip just disquises it . For a crack use a tiny brush and paint the crack. This was passed on to me by a flooring store and yes they have white fingernail polish
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on May 05, 2016
    Fill in the gaps (holes) evenly with white air-dry modeling clay (Hobby Lobby) & level off with your finger, back side of a butter knife or a ruler. Hope this helps.
  • Birdz of a Feather Birdz of a Feather on May 05, 2016
    I just did a ton of repair work on my own tiles. I'll post a blog of the how to - today if I can get my computer working - and provide a link :)
  • Monica Monica on May 05, 2016
    I have used nail polish, too, and it stays on.
  • Gator Gator on May 05, 2016
    use appliance chip repair paint. It will fill the chip durably and never be noticeable.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on May 05, 2016
    Cheap nail polish is actually your best bet, more polymers in it.
  • Carol Fredette Carol Fredette on May 05, 2016
    grout. stays and is waterproof and u can buy colors to match any tile
  • Sandy Hartnett Sandy Hartnett on May 05, 2016
    I use unsanded grout and mix w dab of paint to match color.
  • Birdz of a Feather Birdz of a Feather on May 05, 2016
    Sandra, as mentioned above, you've inspired me to blog about my own tile repair solution to the same problem you're having with how to cover up chipped tiles in the kitchen. Here's the link: I hope this helps!
  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on May 05, 2016
    This may sound funny, but I have used nail polish to cover chipped enamel on sinks and a bathtub before, with great success! And you don't have a hard-to-match aqua, like I did! It lasts a long time, and is easy to remove or touch up. The fact that your tiles are a mottled color makes it even easier! Take a piece of cardboard to the store and write the names of likely-looking colors on it, and put a tiny bit of the polish on it to take home to see what's best. You can mix colors, if necessary, but I bet you won't even need to.
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    • Sandra Sandra on May 06, 2016
      @Jennie Lee this is what I did. So far so good. I put a coat of that gel top coat on it just in case. Thanks to all of you for suggestions. Most of them seemed to be in favor of polish, and it certainly is easy to do.
  • Carole Bisby Carole Bisby on May 05, 2016
    Yep nail polish!!!!
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Mar 06, 2021

    Hi Sandra, you can use Bondo (the putty/paste used to patch dents in cars) to fix the chip. You can get it in a variety of colors and once it's set you can sand it smooth and level. .