How to fix Ugly and Cracked front porch tiles in the middle of bricks?

Can I use drywall puddy to fill cracks, sand and then use floor tile paint to upcycle this area? Anyone have more ideas. Please and thanks.
Never resolved, summer approaching yet again. Any new eyes for ideas?
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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Mar 26, 2017

    I'm pretty sure drywall mud is not suitable for outside use - even painted. If any water gets in, the mud becomes liquid. But something will be. Maybe a little cement mortar could be used as a leveling grout? Hoping someone will know more than I do about this.

    Looks like you might have enough room to deck it with wood deck planks if that look works with your house. You'd need to find (or make) thin stringers to raise it off the tile a bit for drainage. I just did this to my tiled front entrance (and extended it) to create a larger front porch. It is almost finished and is adding a lot of curb appeal to my plain house. But I also had a larger step up to accommodate the rise in floor level. Good luck!

  • Nayshunda O Burke Nayshunda O Burke on Mar 26, 2017

    Thanks for responding I agree with the cement, makes sense. Hmm, I'll keep researching. I can't afford to replace it. I had to repaint my tile bathrooms. It came our extremely well and saved me a lot of money.

  • Steve Woodward Steve Woodward on Mar 27, 2017

    grout and sealer woul be a better use, swimming pool grout is made t osit in water, and most sealers are designed fro bathrooms. both would be cheaper and easier to use then drywall compound that would NOT stand up to the traffic or the weather.

    as for paint, tiles are difficult to paint, the surface must be scoured or roughened nough to hold the paint. I would recommend a stain that matches the existing color as to not show the wear later. If that holds then paint might be doable, if not sand more and re-stain later.

  • Nayshunda O Burke Nayshunda O Burke on Mar 27, 2017

    Thanks. I have painted tile before in the bathroom. I cleaned, sanded, and used bathroom tile paint. It came out great. I was wondering if I could do the same with the porch since bathrooms are high traffic and water areas or should I use garage floor paint. I don't think the later will hold up because my garage floor is peeling.

  • Kas9730169 Kas9730169 on Mar 30, 2017

    What a beautiful floor !!!!!!! I would never replace it with wood !!!!!!!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 23, 2024

    Brick and tile grout will help. Other than that, Throw an outdoor Rug/Mat on top of the tiles until they can be replaced!

  • Dee Dee on Feb 24, 2024

    Go to Habitat for Humanity. They sell those old tiles for about 25c each. Take the other one out and replace.