How To Paint A Tile Floor

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My husband and I moved into our first house last year. Before we moved in, I created a list of all the home improvement projects that I wanted to tackle. We also sat down and tried to figure out how we could accomplish the major projects on our small budget. One of the first projects that was high on the list was the kitchen floor. The tile was in good shape but definitely not in our color scheme. My first thought was that we should rip all of the title out and replace it with new tile. However, as we started crunching numbers, we realized that it was going to be a pretty large expense. Even though replacing the tile was important, there were other things (like new kitchen cabinets) that were more pressing. Additionally, we knew replacing all the tile would be a huge task. 

Before Pictures:

After much consideration and research, we decided that the best option for us would be to paint the kitchen floor. At first, we did have a few hesitations because we did not find a lot of information on successful floor painting. We saw that many people had successfully painted backsplash and other tiled surfaces that were not subject to heavy traffic. However, we decided to give it a try and we were thrilled with the results. Our floor looks so good and you cannot even tell that it is painted. 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. 


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


  1. Make sure that your floor or surface is clean.
  2. If your tile has a shiny or glossy surface, use an electric hand sander to gentle 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 

    We absolutely love our painted tile. Originally, it was 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 Pictures: 

    Cons of painting title: 

    • Color - I love the white color that we picked. However, it can be hard to keep clean and does show dirt very easily. 
    • Durability - Overall, the durability is excellent. However, you do have to be careful dragging heavy objects (i.e. the kitchen stove across the floor). 

    Pros of painting title: 

    • Cost - it is by far the cheapest way to get an entirely new floor that looks awesome. 
    • Look -  I have been super impressed by how professional the floor looks.
    • Flexibility - If you get tired of the color, you can easily paint it again. 
    • Easy to Maintain - Overall, the floor is very easy to clean. In addition, if a spot get a scratch, it is very easy to touch-up with a little paint. 


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    • Becca E. on

      So cool! That is an amazing transformation!

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