How to Paint Ceramic Tile to Revamp Your Bathroom

by | Mar 14, 2017 | Remodels

Unlike what HGTV would have you believe, redoing a bathroom doesn’t require a huge budget. You can give your bathroom a facelift with just a couple of coats of paint on your ceramic tile. So here is a breakdown of how to paint bathrooms with ceramic tiles, so you can wow your friends and family with your mad DIY skills.

Before you pull out your paintbrush, you should know that you can’t paint just any tile. Stay away from any tile that will receive constant exposure to water. Floor tile, wall tile, and counter tip tile are all good to go but stay away from tiles that are in the tub or shower.

You Will Need…

  • Painter’s tape
  • Bleach
  • Putty Knife
  • 240-grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • 600-grit sandpaper
  • Title cleaner
  • Bonded primer that works with ceramic tile
  • Tile paint in the color of your choice
  • A clear, water-based urethane sealer
  • Painting tools like a roller or brush
  • Grout in the color of your choice

Step 1: Tape Off The Area

Use the painter’s tape to protect any areas that you don’t want to be affected by the new color.

Step 2: Clean The Tile

By cleaning the tile you remove any dust, dirt, or any other foreign object from the surface that will affect the paint.

Step 3: Prepare The Surface

Remove the grout with a putty knife, and sand the current finish off the tile with 240- grit wet/dry sandpaper. Wipe down the tiles with water to remove any dust.

Step 4: Apply Primer

Working in small sections at a time, apply a thin coat of bonding primer to the tiles by moving your roller in a “v” motions. Then, without refilling the roller, go over the area again with vertical strokes to achieve the best coverage. Use a paint brush to access corners and other hard-to-reach areas.

Step 5: Sand and Apply Another Coat of Primer

Allow the primer to dry completely before sanding it lightly with 600-grit sandpaper. Afterward, go over the area with another coat of primer, using the same motions described before.

Step 6: Sand and Apply Paint

After the second coat has dried, sand it lightly again. Paint the tile with at least two coats of latex paint. Be sure to sand the tiles between coats, and let the tiles dry fully before moving forward with the next step.

Step 7: Cover With Seal & Grout

Once the painting has been completed, you have the options of covering the tiles with 2 or 3 coats of clear, water-based urethane sealer. While it is not required, doing so will protect your work from moisture, scuffs, and chips. Finally, replace the grout between the tiles.