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How to Paint a Tile Floor

How to Paint a Tile Floor

When my husband and I first moved into our new home, one of the first renovation projects on the list was our kitchen floor. The tile was in good shape but the color was definitely  and eye sore. My first thought was that we should rip all of the title out and replace it with new tile. However, as we looked at our long list of projects, we realized that we didn't really have the money or the time to replace all the tile. 

After some research, I found that quite a few people had successfully painted their tile. This idea really interested me because not only would it cost next to nothing but it would only take a few hours to completely transform our kitchen floor. We have had our floor painted for over a year and overall I'm happy with the results. When people come to visit, they are always so impressed that our floor is painted. Here is the process and the supplies that we used to paint our floor.

BEFORE:

SUPPLIES:

Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Porch & Floor Enamel (Interior & Exterior Latex)
$67.99 per gallon (Click Here)

Quick Shine Multi-Surface Floor Finish and Polish, 64 oz. Refill Bottle
$9.99 per bottle (Click Here)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make sure that your floor or surface is clean..
  • If your tile has a shiny or glossy surface, use an electric hand sander to gently buff top of the tile. The paint will stick to the title better if the surface is a little rough. Our tile had textured/gritty surface so we didn't have the sand. Depending on the surface texture, you may also want to apply a really good bonding primer. We choose to not apply a primer and our floors have held up just fine. 
  • Use a paint roller to to apply the paint to the tile. Like I mentioned above, we used Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Porch & Floor Enamel (Interior & Exterior Latex). However, you can probably use any porch or floor paint. Because we were using white paint, we had to apply two pretty heavy coats to the floor. Let the floor dry about four hours before walking on it. I would suggest waiting at least 1-2 days before heavy use.
  • After letting the floor dry 24 hours, we applied Quick Shine Multi-Surface Floor Finish and Polish over the top of the paint. It gave the floor a little bit of a glossy look and added protection. I have also heard that you can polyurethane but I think it would make it hard to change or fix the paint color in the future. 

Conclusion:

Overall, we absolutely love our painted tile. However there are a few drawbacks to painted floors. 1) Make sure you picks a color that doesn't show dirt very easily. Painted floors are definitely harders to clean than regular tile. We picked white paint...so it can be hard to keep it looking clean. 2) We do have to careful dragging heavy objects (i.e. the kitchen stove across the floor). It doesn't scratch easily...but it will if something really heavy gets dragged. 

Originally, our painted floors were supposed to only be a quick fix until we could afford the time and money to retile. However, we like it so much that we think we will probably just keep it. And because it is painted, if we get tired of the color, we can easily paint it a new color!! 

AFTER:

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