Replacing kitchen tiles can be one of those expensive projects that most homeowners would like to avoid. So we often get asked by people whether or not can you paint kitchen tiles. The short answer is yes. However, as with any other tile-related topic, this one, too, has its caveats. So today we will discuss the ins and outs of painting kitchen tiles and completely changing the look and feel of your kitchen. Here’s how to paint kitchen tiles:
1. Choose the best tile area for painting
Luckily, it’s possible to paint over any type of ceramic tile, so no need to worry about that. You can refresh even the oldest of kitchen tiles. However, certain areas will benefit more from being painted than others. Any high moisture and high traffic areas will not hold the paint for long, so it’s best to avoid floor tiles and those around the kitchen sink. You can paint the stovetop backsplash, the dry countertops, your breakfast bar or kitchen island. The less wear and tear a surface receives, the longer will the paint on it endure.
2. Pick up the proper products and tools
The key elements of each painting job are its products and tools. You will need:
- an abrasive commercial-grade tile cleaner;
- a scrubbing brush;
- mould cleaner;
- caulk or epoxy;
- fine-grade sandpaper;
- protective gloves, a mask, and eye goggles;
- epoxy or urethane bonding primer;
- tile paint.
When choosing the tile paint, opt for a semi-gloss or high-gloss formula. There are three types of paints to consider:
- Latex will dry quickly but has a softer finish that is less resistant to scratches and damage overtime;
- Oil tile paint will dry slowly and will be a tad bit difficult to clean but the finish is resistant to damage and will last longer;
- Epoxy paint will suit those who choose to paint the tiles around the kitchen sink or those on the floor. It is the most durable of all mentioned.
3. Preparing to paint kitchen tiles
To make your creation last as long as possible and to ease your painting efforts, you must clean the kitchen tiles first. It’s essential to clean the tiles properly before painting because any residue will prevent the paint from adhering to the surface properly. Use your products for the task and clean the tiles to a nice shine. Then sand the area to create a textured surface. This will allow for the tile paint to bond to the surface even better. Don’t forget to dust off the area after you’re done sanding it and apply your tile filler of choice to any cracks or crevices on the surface. Keep in mind that if you do use caulk or epoxy filler, you will have to allow a couple of days for it to dry before painting.
4. The most effective method of painting kitchen tiles
So far, so good. The only thing that will keep you from achieving a stunning result is your painting technique. Our process consists of three steps which you must follow to the letter. Here’s exactly how to paint wall tiles in kitchens:
- Step 1: Apply a very thin coat of tile paint onto your prepped area and allow for it to completely dry. Repeat until you are satisfied with the colour.
- Step 2: Let the paintwork dry for a couple of days by opening the windows. This will allow for the paint to completely harden and will ensure a long-lasting result.
- Step 3: As an optional step, you can apply several coats of clear, water-based top finish which will protect the painted tiles from moisture and scratches, and will provide for an evenly looking result.
And that’s about it! You can now enjoy your revitalized kitchen tiles. Make sure to check BathBarn’s product catalogue if you’re planning to renovate your kitchen soon. We have a great range of kitchen tiles for any taste and price range. Get in touch today to learn more about our products.