Paint kitchen tiles

DIY: Paint your kitchen tiles

· The cheap and easy way I revamped our kitchen ·

07/12/2017 0 Comments

After re-doing our kitchen (detailed post still to come) many people were surprised that I only repainted the tiles instead of replacing them. They didn’t know it was possible, especially in a kitchen or bathroom!

So I’ve decided to let you in on all the DIY tile painting secrets.

What you’ll need:

  • Sugar soap (Buy at nearest hardware store or big grocery store), sponges and cloths
  • Plascon velvaglo enamel – White (Or any colour you decide to use – I used approximately 2liters)
    I did a lot of research and reading up on which paints to use, and decided on the velvaglo enamel. It’s very well suited for heat and moisture, as well as all the wear and tear that happens in a kitchen.
  • Plascon Tile and melamine primer (our kitchen is tiled wall to wall, and I used approximately 1.5liters of primer)
  • Two medium sponge rollers (I’m in love and will never again paint with anything else)
  • A good quality paint brush (25mm)
  • Good quality masking tape or painters tape
  • Plastic wrap/glad wrap (Trust me….)

All this cost me less than R500, including the painting equipment.Painting tiles

What to do:

  • If your tiles have been painted before, it might need a light sanding.
  • If, like our tiles, they are glossy and never been painted, you need to wash them thoroughly with sugar soap (follow directions on the box).
  • Fix or replace any broken/damaged tiles and take note of where there might be silicone on the tiles (e.g by the basin) as this might be more difficult to paint.
  • And yes, you will need to tape every nook and cranny you don’t want painted. Also lay down some trash bags or newspaper for drips and splatter on the ground and counter tops. Use plastic wrap to cover taps and other hard to cover areas.
  • Before applying the first layer of primer, go over the tiles with a dry towel to ensure it’s clean and dry.
  • Paint first layer of primer (This is where you will stand back, and immediately regret you decision…)
  • Let the first layer dry completely. As I only did this at night after work, mine dried for 24 hours. Now paint the second layer, and let dry completely (sensing a pattern here?)
  • Get ready to paint your first layer of paint! (YAY)
  • I started with painting the grout between the tiles with a paintbrush, and then went over it with the sponge roller. If you do this on the first layer, you’ll only have to do it once.
  • Repeat layers of paint until you are happy and the original tile colour is no longer visible. (I had to do 3 coats of paint.)
It took me about a week to paint our entire kitchens tiles, because I was only able to do it after work and every layer of primer and paint needs to be dried completely before applying the next.
But I’m sure you could do it in 3-4 days if you get up early to paint a layer and then paint another at night.
I hope this helps and inspires you!
If you’ve painted your kitchen or bathroom tiles, please let me know how it went and what you learned.
Please note this is not a sponsored post, Plascon was just the most practical choice for this project and the most readily available in a small rural town.

Noeline Phillips

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