Mod Home Ec Teacher

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

Sarah on Jan 31, 2013:

Just wondering... how slippery did the floor become?

Carol P. on Jan 22, 2013:

I'm curious ... did you paint the grout inbetween the tiles, as well as the tiles?  I want to do this, but don't want to make a mess  : )

Dana on Jan 12, 2013:

I would like to do a little embellishment (scrollwork/vines) as a transition from square living room tile and rectangular porch tiles. The existing tilework is great and the tiles are quite beautiful, but it does lack a little oomph because it's all a very light, neutral colour. Thankful for any advice!

Liz on Aug 15, 2012:

For the people who wanted to know about bathrooms - The previous owners of our house had the master bathroom tiles painted, so I'm not sure the exact process used, but the paint on the floor tiles has held up at least 10 years (guessing as to when it was actually painted) and the tiles in the shower are just starting to show bits of hunter green showing through. The bathroom was tiled in white with hunter green designed trim in the shower and little diamonds on the floor. The previous owner painted the green tiles black. So, even with serious weekly (or bi-weekly) scrubbing, those tiles look great. It actually took us months to even realize they were painted in the first place! I think it's possible to do in the bathroom, but maybe just the trim colors. I don't know what it would be like had they tried to paint the main tiles, too. 

Iris on Jun 14, 2012:

when you painted your tile were there any cracks and how did the paint cover them?  The tile we are considering painting has several cracks.

Anonymous on May 21, 2012:

Do you have before and after pictures?

Linda on Apr 05, 2012:

I am so excited to try this! I have old white builders' tile in my kitchen. I just painted my kitchen cabinets off-white and added granite counter tops. My floor looks just awful now and I can't afford to retile right now. This sounds perfect and I can do it myself. Thanks a lot!

Connie Allen on Feb 11, 2012:

Can you tell me what kind of urethane you used?  I went to the paint store and asked for some kind of polyurethane that would not yellow.  But they didn't recommend using anything over the oil-based paint.  It's my kitchen floor and I'm afraid if I don't put some kind of finish on it, it won't last as long.

ModHomeEcTeacher on Nov 28, 2010:

LaLa-I probably wouldn't paint bathroom tiles where they will get a lot of wear and tear and hard cleaning. My front hall has a big rug in the center and I only have had to use water to mop up. It is finally starting to wear right near the front door. I'll have to repaint soon.I used oil paint-white, and then tried to mottle it a little bit with a half shade darker.

I used to have my backplash tiles painted different colors but finally changed them out to white subway tiles. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Lala on Nov 28, 2010:

You said this has so far lasted for 10 years. In those 10 years did you have to repaint or re-seal? Also, what do you use to clean the floors? What do you recommend absolutely NOT using? I want to paint some plain white mosaic ceramic tile multiple colors (colored tile usually only comes in glass and is soooo expensive. I figured I could get plain white ceramic for $2/squarefoot). I plan to intersperse the painted tile with travertine mosaic on my bathroom floor (but not in the shower/shower walls). I usually mop the floor with a bleach/water/spic and span combo. Thank you for this article!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Oct 09, 2010:

Anon-I doubt it. The surface is soooo sealed, I don't think stain would stick.

Anonymous on Oct 09, 2010:

i'm considering painting my ceramic tile kitchen floor.  i also wonder if i can stain it instead, like concrete is stained.  do you know...?  thanks

ModHomeEcTeacher on Aug 17, 2010:

It's a grayish white.

Anonymous on Aug 17, 2010:

What color is that blue? I love it!!!!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Jun 02, 2010:

Mexico-probably not, unless you're willing to put in the time stripping it.

From Mexico on Jun 02, 2010:

Hello,  I'm renting and considering a pint job for a hideous ceramic floor,  but the problem is my landlord DOES like it. Can paint be removed without too much damage to the original floor?

ModHomeEcTeacher on Sep 05, 2009:

USA Probe-Thanks for the information. I can't believe Redbook swiped my idea. Ha!

Anonymous on Sep 01, 2009:

hey there,id like to know,how much money did u spend on doing this? and how much would it hav cost u had u replaced the tiles?

Anonymous on Sep 01, 2009:

btw wats TSP in step 1?

ModHomeEcTeacher on Aug 31, 2009:

Thanks for the compliment. I know, everyone I spoke to said NO, don't do it. It's great though.

Anonymous on Aug 31, 2009:

thanx so much for this! im renting so i want to paint the tiles on the floor and walls and all experts i spoke to said it wont work. btw ur house looks beautiful!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Aug 26, 2009:

I'm out of town right now and I don't have time to do all the research but I'll try to find something out when I get home on Friday. Don't give up!!!

Marcia on Aug 25, 2009:

Any other brands of paint you would recommend? Porter Paints Glyptex Alkyd Paint  is not available in our area.

Anonymous on Aug 08, 2009:

Does anyone else out there have photos of their painted ceramic tile.  I am trying to get color ideas ..thanks

ModHomeEcTeacher on Aug 07, 2009:

P.D.-Be sure to take photos.

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