Asked on Sep 13, 2015

Can I paint the ceramic tiles around my fireplace, so ugly.

by Mary
I would like directions on how to paint this.
  21 answers
  • Susan Woolley Havlicsek Susan Woolley Havlicsek on Sep 13, 2015
    I have painted marble tiles (ugly rose color) in my bathroom and ceramic tiles in my other bathroom where they are splashed with water and still look great. I used a bonding primer that requires no sanding first, then a regular latex, semi gloss paint.
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  • Jennifer Jennifer on Sep 13, 2015
    First you will have to sand the tile so the paint will adhere. Then prime before painting. You can make that look really nice! Please get rid of the gold!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 13, 2015
    You need to make sure the paint is heat resistant.
  • how do you think to change another panel ?
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  • JC Sipes JC Sipes on Sep 14, 2015
    Agree with Jennifer - get rid of that gold! Don't know of any paint that would work unless it was one designed to paint wood burning stoves or something else that gets really hot.
  • LD LD on Sep 14, 2015
    Yes you can, and here is a linkh: ttps://
  • Debbie M Debbie M on Sep 14, 2015
    Rustoleum has a high heat spray paint.
  • Passionately Grounded Passionately Grounded on Sep 14, 2015
    Yes! I painted with Annie Sloane Chalk Paint in Coco. My friend had an almost pinkish color tile - turned out great! We sprayed our Gold trimmed fireplace with Rustoleum and we have a gas fireplace as well. You will find the spraypaint link here.
  • Michaelgs Michaelgs on Sep 14, 2015
    Yes, just buy a two part epoxy paint. I ave used it on tile porcelain and bathtubs with great success
    • Barbara Lowell Barbara Lowell on Sep 14, 2015
      @Michaelgs yes I did my kitchen slick mexican tile with epoxy paint (1 part already mixed) takes long to cure but solid. It would wear a bit and then once a year I redid it for 7 years until I moved. I have also repaired chipped tile with same paint. You can also use feather finish by ardel if you want a concrete look.
  • Barb Thomas Barb Thomas on Sep 14, 2015
    I have a similar looking fireplace (rental house), only the tile is a pinkish terra-cotta-ish. What is a good color to paint? Must be neutral.
  • DysArtTiles DysArtTiles on Sep 14, 2015
    All of these methods are temporary only. Ceramic glaze must be fired in a kiln to be permanent. In my opinion, the way the tiles are now is highly superior to any look these other methods will give.
  • Nadine Nadine on Sep 14, 2015
    I agree with DysArtTiles. I think it is the orange stained wood that is dating this fireplace. You should paint the wood white or stain the wood a darker color and leave the title alone.
  • Karen Karen on Sep 14, 2015
    I painted my ceramic tile surround 10 years ago and it still looks great. I painted the first coat with a colored primer for the grout lines, taped off the grout lines with narrow masking tape and then I textured and sponged on a latex paint in a couple of coordinating colors to show texture. I then topped it off with a clearcoat to protect it. I would do it again and again. Super simple.
  • Sandi Reynolds Sandi Reynolds on Sep 14, 2015
    so.....,what did you do?
  • Irene M Gutierrez Irene M Gutierrez on Sep 14, 2015
    Yes you can but it is a process for beginner, some of the Pinterest followers show you how with whitewashing looks nice thinking of doing it myself, good luck
  • on Sep 15, 2015
    We think painting the wood is a great idea. You can also tile over the existing tile. It costs more than painting, but it will give your fireplace a fresh, modern look. Check out these before and afters:
  • Joan Pacini Joan Pacini on Oct 03, 2015
    On my gas fireplace the gold lines were actually magnets. I popped them right off! No paint at all!
  • Gre8067331 Gre8067331 on Oct 13, 2016
    Use Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces and then use interior latex paint in whatever color and sheen you prefer. I've successfully painted tile in this way many times.
  • Lynda Benoit Lynda Benoit on Jul 10, 2017

    I love the tiles you have. I'd paint the mantle white and paint the gold trim black, so it blends. Just my opinion.

  • Connie Connie on Jul 28, 2020

    is rust oleum fire resistant paint, I want to paint the tile around a wood burning fireplace?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 02, 2022

    No, but you can use Tile Covers available in DIY's and online!