How to Paint Tile!


“What? You can paint tile floors?” Yes. “Does the paint stick?” Yep. “Does it scratch?” Nope. “How the heck did you do that?” Well, read on friends. This one will change your life. Well, as least it will change that ugly floor of yours! 

If you have been reading my master bathroom makeover shenanigans, you know how much I just LOVED my blue checked bathroom tile. (*Insert eye roll here*) Talk about a bad 90’s trend. I wanted it gone. I wanted a new floor. I wanted a new floor with heated tiles. Well, I still have to strategically jump from the bathmat in front of my shower to the one in front of my vanity when I am barefoot, but at least the lovely blue tiles are gone for good!

This project is, by far, my favorite project in our house to date! It was easy, budget friendly and made such a huge difference. With this clean new look, it feels like an entirely new floor. Ok, so let’s start from the beginning. In order to see how far you have come, you need to see where you have started. Well, this is where I started. You may want to shield your eyes.




Nice. Right?! Not only did I have blue tiles to deal with, but the grout was something NASTY. No amount of scrubbing was going to make that grout white again. It was awful. Time to get to work! You should know I have included affiliate links for ease with your shopping list. Please read more about this here.

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If you know anything about me, you know how much I really hate prep work! It is such a necessary evil. Please, please, please take your time with prepping for this project! You want your surface as clean as humanly possible before you attempt to paint your floor. This will ensure your paint sticks really well to the surface, keeping scratches and peeling at bay. Get down on your hands and knees and scrub, scrub, scrub. I used a toothbrush in the grout (yes, it was still black afterwards…gross!) and used a small stiff-bristle brush to clean each tile carefully. Once you think it is clean, scrub it again. Okay, NOW we can do the fun part!


Shake up your primer really well. This is where your hand held vacuum comes in handy! No matter how much I thought I had every little piece of fuzz off the floor, a little tumbleweed or dog hair would come by. I would just suck up all the pieces with the vacuum as I went along. Miracle worker. Trust me, you will thank me for this idea if you have any four legged creatures living in your house.

I painted this floor just like I would paint a wall. Start at the furthest corner of your floor and use an angled bristle paint brush to paint along the wall, vanity, or toilet. I also used my brush to paint along my grout lines.  Once you are done cutting in, use your roller to paint a thin coat over the tiles. I worked in small sections of about 4 tiles to make sure I was not missing any areas.

Make your coats very thin to avoid drips. I painted right over the grout lines with my roller. Surprisingly, it covered really well and my grout was instantly white. Already a success if you ask me!


As I watched the blue tiles slowly fade to a light blue under the primer, my heart was doing a little happy dance. I would never have to look at those guys again! I kept moving along, about 4 tiles at a time, until I reached my bathroom door.

img_1109This is after one coat of primer. I let it dry for about 2 hours, but that was overkill. I think it was dry as I was scooting my butt out the door. This stuff dries fast. I didn’t want to chance it though, just be patient and give it a bit. I only did one coat of primer and it was fine, but if you wanted to do more than one, I think that would be okay too. Now, time to paint!

img_1110So, this stuff is awesome. It is made for painting an outdoor patio, which means it is weather resistant and durable! Step out of the shower with wet feet, scrub it down with a mop, allow big puppy paws to run across it…it can handle it all! It can be mixed to any color you want, just like regular wall paint. I chose a Benjamin Moore paint called White Dove and had Home Depot color match it. It is a soft shade of white that looks great on the floor. Again, stir it up really well before painting.

img_1111This is a picture of the first coat of the Porch and Patio paint being used over the primer. (It looks slightly yellow in this picture, but it is just the lighting.) This paint goes on so smoothly. The edges of the roller lines blend perfectly. You cannot mess this up. Trust me. This paint is amazing to work with. Same rules apply, start at the furthest corner of the room and use the brush and roller in small sections. Bring your small vacuum with you too to get any puppy dog hairs. Let it dry a few hours in between coats.

img_1112This picture is after coat two of paint was done. I could still barely see the blue peaking through, so I ended up doing three coats total for maximal coverage. Buh bye blue tile!



It has been about 5 months since I took on this project and it has held up wonderfully. We walk on it, mop it and have two pitbulls that run their doggie claws all over it. No scratches, no chips and no problems! The ONLY problem I did have with this floor was when I was chalking something in the bathroom and made two huge drips onto the floor right in front of my toilet. I saw it a day later and tried to wipe it up, but of course it had dried so I had to pick at it. It pulled the paint off the floor in those two spots. However, I just pulled out my paint and a small paint brush and touched up those areas. It blended right in and you can’t see where it was messed up at all. Saved the day!

Overall, I am thrilled with how this project turned out! Definitely worth it to not have to rip floors out at the moment. Have you painted your floors? I’d love to see some pictures!




16 thoughts on “How to Paint Tile!

  1. Hi there, what do you do about getting rid of dirt and grime now between those tile grooves now that it’s all solid white? How do you keep your floors looking white and not dingy as most tile joints collect dirt.


    1. Hi! I mop and clean just as I would before it was painted. I actually find the “grout” lines are MUCH easier to clean as it doesn’t absorb dirt like the real grout used to. It wipes clean very easily! I do notice dog hair more now that it is white, but that’s all over my hard wood too…price to pay for puppies!😊


  2. Hi this is a great post – do you think this would be an appropriate way to cover blue kitchen wall tiles – desperate to cover them but hear mixed reviews of tile painting? Thanks!


      1. I’m sure this paint would work well for that! I’d do very thin layers to avoid drips! You would definitely have to commit to regular cleaning though, as my floors do show dirt easier now. It does wipe clean very easily though! Good luck!!


  3. Hi! Love the idea. We just bought a home and it has a beautiful 70’s ish tile that I feel in love with but just needs to be updated. Would you recommend putting a sealer on the floor afterwards or did your floor do fine with just the paint?


    1. Hi Nicole! Congrats on your home purchase! I did not use a sealer on my floor and it has held up just fine. I do notice it seems to get dirty easily…but that may just be because I chose a white color to paint with. I’m sure adding a sealant to the floor wouldn’t hurt!


  4. Really Interesting and detailed Karissa. i live in australia so i probably wont be able to get the stuff you used but will do some research and i am sure i will be ab le to come up with some adequate replacements.



  5. Hi! First off THANK YOU! You inspired my bathroom remodel with this blog! Question though as we are on our first coat on the floor, did you notice any chips at all? Also, how long did you really let the first coat dry before the second? Thanks again!


    1. Hi Kimberly!! This made my day-glad it has been inspiring and hopefully helpful! I did not notice any chips on the floor-it still has not chipped which is awesome. I have one spot that got scrapped by my door that I need to touch up, but it has been super durable. I did one coat of the primer, let is dry for about 2 hours. Did two coats of the paint, letting it dry maybe an hour or two between. I made my coats very thin and even to avoid drips and it was a fast dry time! Good luck!!


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