How to paint tile floor?

by Lisq

Can I paint a tile floor?

  45 answers
  • Rembatb Rembatb on Mar 21, 2018
    Yes. With acrylic or glass paint.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 21, 2018
    Hi there, there are tile paints out there if you check with one of your local hardware or home improvement stores. Or you could do a search for it.

  • MjBreit MjBreit on Feb 21, 2018
    Absolutely! I've done it very successfully in our downstairs loo. Light sanding, 2 coats of primer, and 3 coats of Ronseal floor paint. Excellent result, no scuffs, chips or scratches. Hope this helps.

  • DL Herron DL Herron on Feb 21, 2018

    Yes! Going on twelve years with a painted tile entry way.

    This front door is the only entrance into our home as the back door is behind a very large gate.

    Used daily by a large household and barely any noticeable spots that could use a little touch-up.

    I don't know how to add pictures so I'll post my Pinterest of the photos of the Painted Tile Front Entryway.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 22, 2018
    Totally! Check out what some of your fellow Hometalkers did!

  • Emily Emily on Feb 21, 2018
    Oh, my yes. Painted this floor initially years ago. Repainted recently, one coat, same color. As you see it is a tiny floor. Note to DL Herron, it is easy to post pics on this site. At the bottom left there is a little camera. Click on that, and a box comes up, go to your desktop or photo library and choose a pick. You can even delete it and change it to another

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 25, 2017
    Brush and Roller on long handle.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Sep 09, 2017
    Yes you can. Do not skip the preparation as that is the most important part. Just remember, you will have a mess on your hands as the paint wears off after a couple years.

  • TheHoneycombHome TheHoneycombHome on Nov 08, 2018

    Try Homax tub and tile paint! It's made my PPG paints, you may find it in Home Depot.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Nov 08, 2018

    Hi, they make special tub and tile paints now that usually come in kits with good instructions! I know Rustoleum makes one.

  • Heather Olinde Heather Olinde on Nov 19, 2018

    You can also use chalk paint to paint tile floors. You will need to put a primer first and a polycrylic on top for protection.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Mar 21, 2019

    Chalk paint will wash and chip off . You best bet is using the kits made for that sold at Home Depot. Step by step instructions are in the kit. It a more durable epoxy paint finish. It will hold up for several years.

  • Joan Kubancek Joan Kubancek on Feb 02, 2019

    Years ago I painted entryway tiles with PPG black swimming pool paint. It looked like slate and lasted 15+ years when I sold the house.

  • The Zaitleys The Zaitleys on Aug 26, 2019

    For sure! We painted out back splash tiles recently. We used rustoleum tub and tile paint. Its real stinky but does the trick!

  • 20461501 20461501 on Aug 28, 2019

    We have successfully done it more than once. The most important thing is the base (first) coat has to be oil base paint. After that dries you can put whatever you want. Our first project was our bathroom so we decided to use oil paint for both coats. We did all the tile around the tub. When we sold 29 years later it was still there. We did refresh it once after 15 years as the white got slightly creamy looking. It was so easy to keep clean. Loved it.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 07, 2018
    Most ceramic tiles can be painted, as long as it's not frequently subjected to water or heavy wear.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on May 07, 2018
    Yes, you have to clean well, seal with a concrete sealer and paint with a floor paint, then seal the top with a polycrylic sealer. Do not wash it for at least 2 weeks.

  • This is a HUGE trend. If you just pinterest painted floors you will see so many options. Most (if not all) use chalk paint (the Rust-Oleum) brand to do this and just make sure to seal with 3+ coats of poly!

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 11, 2018
    Tile can be painted with the proper preparation and primer and paint.... if you want a different look.... consider stenciling the floor tile with an en caustic tile look (Google search encaustic tile... and choose the "more images" selection) for ideas.... the nice thing about paint... when you get tired of it... just paint it again

  • Annette steffke Annette steffke on Jan 11, 2017
    We did. I used a Rust- Oleum oil based gray paint from Lowe's. It has a very strong smell that lasts at least 2 months, airing it out regularly. Overall it looks much better but I'm not sure how long it will last.

  • Celeste Mandley Celeste Mandley on Aug 12, 2017
    ask at your paint store for paint than can cover concrete, usually used in basements and garages. That will adhere to your floor tile quite well.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 03, 2019

    Sand, wipe clean, prime (You can use either a shellac-based primer or an alkyd (oil-based) primer).

    Then paint using semi-gloss or high-gloss alkyd paint. Apply several thin coats until you get the look you want.

    Allow the paint to cure for several days before applying several coats of clear floor finish. A water-based urethane finish is a good choice for this step.

  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Sep 11, 2018

    Hello, porch and floor paint will hold up the best. It is made for foot traffic.

  • Mary Lou Mary Lou on Mar 26, 2018
    I recommend using a stencil. You'd first need to clean the floor very well and then prime the floor. After priming around the perimeter, use a roller to save your back. Then, paint your base color and stencil over top in your choice of color. If you use floor&deck paint, it should hold up well. If you use other paint (I plan to use chalk paint on my bathroom floor), you will need to polyurethane over the paint (several coats) to preserve your hard work. You can custom order a stencil in whatever size your tiles are, which makes it pretty easy to do. Try

  • Nun32489822 Nun32489822 on Mar 26, 2018
    buy anti slip paint after rubbing down with some emery cloth to be sure that the paint stays down. eric

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Feb 10, 2019

    I woul use kilz on the tile and then use any durable paint.

  • I would use oil-based, it will hold up better.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 25, 2019

    If painting ceramic tile there are kits for that sold at Home Depot and step by step instructions are in the kit.

  • Within the Grove Within the Grove on Jan 25, 2019

    I've seen several tutorials use latex. But I think the most important part is how you seal it. 2-3 coats of polycrylic should do the trick with protecting it.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on May 30, 2019

    Ceramic use the epoxy kits for that sold at Home Depot. Wood, you'll need to sand, prime and paint with oil based priducts.

  • Lorraine Lorraine on Jul 31, 2018

    If it’s in good shape, and not heavy traffic, you could use I believe, porch paint.

  • Veda Johnson Veda Johnson on Nov 01, 2017
    I have painted mine twice. Once green. Now with a shiny black with gold flakes and mixed up different colors of sparkles and lightly sprinkled over the black. Just looks beautiful

    • Veda Johnson Veda Johnson on Nov 03, 2017
      Here is the pictures. Painted it black and shook sparkles on it before it dried

  • Yes. Use a good bonding primer and exterior paint. Make sure to use an additive to keep it slip resistent.

  • Candy Walsh Candy Walsh on Nov 02, 2017
    You can paint and stencil, that would be beautiful. Just make sure you clean it really well and use a good primer. Can't wait to see what you decide. Good luck!

  • Vrohde Vrohde on Dec 14, 2017
    I have done this and I used floor and porch paint. It stands up well. I did them 4 years ago.

  • My MIL painted her tile floor and it turned out great. She said the most important part was to sealer the grout (if you don't want to paint it) cause if paint gets on it stains. She used natural sponges to get a tile look and just layered a few colors. After that she let it dry and sealed the entire thing.
    Have fun!

  • Alecia Hartman Alecia Hartman on Oct 21, 2017
    I painted one of my bathroom floors and it has held up well. I scrubbed it and lightly sanded to prep, before using a primer. To paint, I used a an epoxy, rolling it on with a foam roller. When painting tile, keep in mind that you have the grout. Unless you choose to hand paint it in a different color after, the floor will be completely uniform. If your really crafty, you can use a stencil to add a pattern!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 19, 2022

    Use Ceramic tile paint but I could not recommend it as in time it will chip and flake, but for a short term fix of a few years, then maybe.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 31, 2022

    You could use acrylic with good primer but I would go to home improvment store for that paint

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Mar 31, 2022

    i wouldnt .. it doesnt last

  • You can, but you need a really good sealer and one that won't be slick when you walk on it. I'm not sure how long it will last, but I know there are lots of posts about it online.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Sep 02, 2022

    This is a wonderful tutorial on painting your tile floor:

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 08, 2022

    Hello, hope this helps you out.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 27, 2023

    You cana use Floor Tile Paint!