How to Paint Ceramic Tile

5 Materials
5 Hours
If replacing your ugly tile is not in the budget, give it an update with paint. You can even add a stencil if you are feeling ambitious! The key is to make sure you prep your tile for paint and seal it.
Our tile was pretty bad because we were going to replace it as part of our basement renovation, but it was going to be too much trouble to remove the tile and level the area so we decided to buy some time with paint.
You first need to prep the tile for paint by making sure the floor is super clean. For us, this meant scraping paint and drywall mud off the tile before starting. I vacuumed really well, used my steam machine to deep clean the tiles, then for good measure went over it with a Swiffer mop. Make sure the tile is completely dry before you start painting.
I opted for a Porch & Patio Floor paint, but I have seen plenty of bloggers who used chalk paint as well. I did not use a primer, but I do recommend it, because I think it would have helped the paint stick to the slick tile better and resist nicks.
I taped off the bottom of the walls and baseboard. Then, I used a small angled brush to paint along the edges and grout lines and a small roller for the tiles. I applied two coats of the floor paint, allowing to dry in between coats. After the floor had dried for a few days, I sealed it with two coats of water based polycrylic from Minwax.
It only took me a little over an hour to paint this space! It makes such a huge difference in the look of the room and will buy us some time before we have to replace it. I want to paint a stencil design on it as well, but my hubby needs some more convincing!
Resources for this project:
MinWax Polycryllic
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  • Kim2912386 Kim2912386 on Jul 16, 2018

    How is it holding up?

  • Heather Crews Heather Crews on Mar 10, 2019

    This may be a really stupid question but how do you know what kind of tiles you have? My bathroom tiles were painted before I bought my house and they need to be redone so I’m not sure how to do that but my tile kitchen floor is cracking from foundation settling & crazy random earthquakes (in Oklahoma?) but I think they are slate but I want to paint them for sure!!

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