Tile Paint

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  • Everything you need to know about tile paint {yes, you can paint tile!} including where to purchase, how to apply and more! Floor Tile Paint is extremely durable and an easy and inexpensive way to update tile.

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    A year and a half ago, Chris and I purchased a lake cottage full of charm – and some 90’s features like hunter green tile.

    Over time, we’ve been updating the home removing wallpaper and updating light fixtures. The green tile started to feel more and more out of place and is central to our open floor plan. It was also infringing on our “white” walls and furniture.

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    We contemplated replacing the tile, but have another long-term plan in mind and didn’t want to go to the trouble or expense, so decided to use ceramic tile paint to give it a facelift.

    Ceramic tile paint is very durable and can be used as floor tile paint if you do a few basics – sand, clean, and prime first.

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    Painting floor tiles is so much easier than we ever anticipated. For our small entryway it was a quick project with a lot of downtime to allow the primer and paint to properly dry and cure between coats.

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    What is the best primer for tile?

    I highly recommend INSL-X Waterborne Bonding Primer STIX because it adheres to hard to coat surfaces and is very durable.

    tile primer

    What tile paint should I use?

    I used Benjamin Moore Satin Imperial Low Lustre Enamel. An enamel is very durable and stain resistant so it can can handle a lot of wear in high traffic areas.

    how to paint ceramic tile

    Supplies to Paint Tile:

    Medium grit sand paper


    Smooth surface roller

    INSL-X Waterborne Bonding Primer STIX

    Benjamin Moore Satin Imperial Low Lustre Enamel

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    How to Paint Tile:

    1. Tape around tile to protect surfaces around tile if needed.
    2. Hand sand using medium grit sandpaper with a sanding block or if possible an electric sander to rough up the surface so that primer can adhere.
    3. Thoroughly clean the area with a stripper. Rinse clean and allow to dry.
    4. Prime tile and allow to dry. Use a second coat if needed. tile paint diy
    5. Paint tile. If you choose to do a second coat, lightly sand between coats so the paint properly adheres.

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    Painting tile is an easy and inexpensive way to update your home without a lot of effort.  You can see more of our lake cottage here!

    If you use this technique to paint tile, please return to share your experience!

    Update October 2018: We loved this tile paint even more after we decided to remove it in favor of installing one continuous floor (rather than breaking up the floor plan at the entryway). It had to be removed using a hammer and crow bar. The floor tile paint did not chip at all. We were blown away at how well it adhered.

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