Update Your Ugly Tile With PAINT!

2 Materials
24 Hours

I’ve never liked my kitchen tile but removing and replacing would be a pretty big project. Paint makes a huge impact everywhere else so why not on my floors?? I’m no stranger to painted tile but I decided to use a new product! Will it withstand the heavy use in a kitchen?? Here's how to paint tile.

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I’m testing out the Rustoleum Floor Coating Kit. This 3 step system is specifically meant for this kind of project and is usable on a variety of floor types. I bought 3 to cover my kitchen but I only ended up needing 2. I’m using the color “Smoke”.

$39 Kit linked here

First... CLEAN those floors. Dirt and grime will prevent the product from adhering to your floors. I scrubbed mine on my hands and knees and then mopped for good measure. The Rustoleum kit comes with a great cleaner!

We’ll call this the “before” photo!

Next, apply the base coat. This product provides 1 coat coverage and I was skeptical but impressed! It really did only take one coat and applied beautifully. I rolled the tile but used a brush to cut in around my cabinets and baseboards. This coat dries in about 6 hours.

The hardest part of this whole project was keeping kids and pets out!

After 6 hours you can apply the clear top coat and allow 24 hours of dry time. I chose the matte finish.

It turned out beautiful and feels like I have all new flooring!!

**3 month update:

This product has held up wonderfully! We are pretty rough on our floors and I dont have a single chip or scratch except from when I moved my fridge back! It has withstood dragging chairs, doggy nails, kids, spills, mopping, you name it! I’m very impressed!

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  • A. LeBron A. LeBron on Apr 19, 2023

    I'm wondering if you need to remove it later will the stone be back to its original look?

  • Kristine Kristine on Apr 19, 2023

    Would this process work on linoleum flooring or is it just for tile?

  • Vurna Vurna on Apr 11, 2024

    How big was floor? & you only used 1 gallon of each?

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  • Joan Stanley Joan Stanley on Apr 15, 2024

    I love the Rustolium products!

  • Pik60694640 Pik60694640 on Jun 10, 2024

    I would love to have the gumption to do that to my dining n kitchen tiles are yuck I a 72 just finished painting brick walls last 6 mths big walls am scared if it does not stay on what would I do have no money to fix thank u Christine