Faith Provencher

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Faith Provencher is a designer, writer and crafter with a passion for all things creative. She received her art degree from Skidmore… read more

Comments - Sick of Your Floor Tile? You Should Paint It!

shelly on Jul 16, 2019:

I never coated it with anything. I used satin paint and then with the mottled effect, I just left it. That house is for sale now and not one person has mentioned that they are opposed to the painted tile. Ha! Thanks for your question.

maria on Jul 12, 2019:

what is the best thing to paint over the dried tiled paint with, like a finisher coat etc. or is it better left with just the tile paint?

Holly on Jun 15, 2019:

I painted the linoleum floor in my kitchen in my old house. The kitchen was right in the middle of the house, and it was the only way to get to the bathroom and bedrooms. It held up longer than the other floors in that house (wood, & carpet). Just use the proper paint products, and put a good poly over it, and it should last a long time. I wouldn’t use chalk paint, though, as I don’t think it will hold up very well. We finally remodeled the kitchen, and put down new flooring, but I would paint it again in a heartbeat.

Hoda Jaludi on May 08, 2019:

I am loving the before and afters are amazing! xoxo- karamabyhoda

Michelle on Apr 30, 2019:

Lowes paint staff said the exterior or concrete floor paint products are not meant to be for indoors because of the heavy duty chemicals that can cause harm?

Brent Rowlett on Mar 27, 2017:

Definite a polyurethane or polyester type of product, I would be looking to use when the time comes. Make sure you have examples you can see and good comments you can verify. Plastics are forever if you make a mistake.

Keri on Mar 27, 2017:

I was looking at using either epoxy or Break-through.

Brent Rowlett on Mar 27, 2017:

Unfortunately I can be of little help at this time. All the paint either pealed or flaked off in track areas and the floor looks terrible. I will have to wait until the tenant moves out or is willing to move all their stuff out of the way and into other rooms. It all has to be sanded away and removed. Just a disaster.

Do not use latex on anything. And adhesion is only as good as the first coating of paint you put down on any surface, brick to wood.

Keri McKiddie on Mar 27, 2017:

What do you think about using this process on my brick pavers? Is there more sealant on pavers then ceramic?

Brent Rowlett on Sep 13, 2016:

Do not use any kind of latex paint on tile floors. I used the latex floor paint sold at Home Depot (Rustoleum) and it is a disaster. I am going to have to wait until my tenants vacate to be able to sand the paint of of the tiles.

I do think that only a polyester type of paint similar to what one would bottom paint their boats would be tough enough and would provide the necessary adhesion qualities to last on tile. Most people that work at these stores do not know a thing, so do your homework.

Emily on Sep 13, 2016:

I know this is an old post but I had some questions about the different products that you used. Can you tell me the primer and urethane that you used?

Mo on Dec 28, 2014:

I wanted to paint my kitchen tile- counters and floors.  on the counters I used primer and then I applied the paint and they turned out great.  For the floor, the guy at the paint store told me "DO NOT use primer on the floor"  He gave me a Benjamin Moore Latex Floor Paint that has some epoxy in it and said not to prime.  I followed his instructions and while the floor looks great, if i actually put anything on it the paint scratches off. I have only tested this on the edges and it has only been a couple days.  I put a Chilewich floor mat over most of the floor to avoid scrathing it but am worried it will peel eventually. Would putting a coat of urethane over top help?  Not sure what to do.  ANy advice is greatly appreciated!

Carol Hampton on Jul 25, 2014:

I have terracotta tiles in orange right though house is it cheaper to paint or cover with floor boards

Jenni on Jul 05, 2014:

I would like to know which products you used. I have a small ensuite bathroom with terracotta orange tiles. I would like to paint them white.

Jan on Jun 07, 2014:

I'm definitely going to save your blog to my bookmarks. I just read up on the 29th Ave bathroom remodel and gave me a few ideas. I've posted my questions there. Now about the floor tile paint project. Love it and wonder if this is possible in an entry way, kitchen, pantry, and dining room. Currently it's that ugly pinky color w/some texture to each one. I'm redoing the cabinets white with a bluish grey accent, a slightly darker counter and tiling backsplash with stone tile and may be painting that white and do the grout lines in the accent color on the cabinets. Would like to know if you think doing this project would be doable and is it the 3 coats of urethane make the difference and make it more durable for this kitchen? THanks.

Kathy on Apr 21, 2014:

I am not sure if it is ceramic tile or not, but it is some knd of tile that has been in this house a long time. I have lived here 25 years, and I know it's been atleast twice that, maybe even 3 times that. Maybe it is an Asbesto's tile? I don't know, but I can't afford to remove and replace it, nor can I afford to cover it up right now. What I am wondering is If I can paint it, and how do I do it? I'd like something middle of the road color. Not too light and not too dark. It will be in a bedroom so not real crazy traffic. the color of the bedroom is yet to be determined. Light pink or light teal maybe.

Connie Allen on Apr 09, 2014:

B. Thomas, I live in Texas and painted my ceramic tile floor.  It was that dirty-looking tan/brown combination.  Like yours, mine always looked dirty.  I painted it with oil-based enamel and it has held up fairly well, considering the traffic it has.  Of course, if I drop anything metal, it chips, but it's easily touched up.  I didn't put a topcoat of anything on it and probaby should have to add more durability.  I did it as a temporary fix until I could afford to install something else, but it's been three years now.  I plan to paint it again once the weather cooperates and I can leave the doors open while it dries.  Do it--you'll love the end result!

B.Thomas on Apr 09, 2014:

I have a kitchen floor that has cream colored floor tile. I hate it. It always looks dirty no matter what I do. So I was thinking of painting it but I wanted to cover it with epoxy after I painted it.Not sure in Texas

alix on Jan 21, 2014:

HI..yes, paint the strip of wood. the darker beige color. and prep it well, sand and prime. and seal. floor looks good now. boooooooo on houses with no floors!

zinat on Sep 29, 2013:

I read your blog, but I couldn't find what brand and what paint you used for the tile. Please let me know.

Emrys on Jul 20, 2013:

Now imagine a little faux stone or brick painting.... The biggest problem I can see is Cat Traffic. 

Kathy on Jun 03, 2013:

I am so happy I found your post! I would love to try this on my own floor. Were your original tiles glossy or matte? My tiles have a glossy finish and I'm worried that the primer or any other finish applied to the tiles will not adhere to the surface.

I am soooo encouraged by the fact that you've only had to touch up once in fifteen years. Your floor looks amazing!

Liz on May 30, 2013:

To clean the bathroom trim tiles that were painted by previous owners, we've just used regular bathroom cleaners - mostly with bleach, as I'm crazy about bathroom cleanliness. And like I said, the only tiles showing any sign of paint peeling were a few in the shower stall in particular areas where the water constantly hits them. 

Brent on May 29, 2013:

Tiling the living room and dining room in a rental home, I took the advice of a Home Depot person who recommended sealing the grout. My laborer was not careful in applying the sealer and got a lot on the tile. It immediately yellowed and looked unsightly. Regardless, I would not have wanted yellowing grout lines, so we ended up trying to sand the edges of the tiles clean--that stuff does NOT come up with anything. So I too will paint these tiles, but fear a yellowing urethane. What brand do you recommend? I wish to talk to the manufacturer before beginning the work. Don't trust cheap products sold by Home Depot or their sales people.

Lynda on May 26, 2013:

My tile floor is already painted, but very worn. Will I have to strip off the existing paint?

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