Ideas for Changing The Appearance of Ceramic Tile

Installing ceramic tile in a bathroom or kitchen can add a fresh new look to an old, outdated room. With all the options for colors, textures, and patterns as well as border and cap tiles, you can create a piece of art without a huge expense.

How to paint designs on ceramic tiles

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There are so many combinations that you can literally produce something that is completely unique. Another way to make your design stand out is to add your own touch to the tile by using paint to stencil a pattern.

If you have ever worked with ceramic or porcelain tiles, you know there is a glaze finish that seals it, so learning how to paint designs on ceramic tile requires some extra steps. Here’s a little info on how ceramic tiles are made:

Simply explained, ceramic tile is tile made of clay that is shaped and then it is fired in a very hot kiln. In earlier times, the production process was that unglazed tile was fired once while glazed tile was fired twice. While technologies have improved production, the process is very much the same now as it was a long time ago.

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What’s Your Design Strategy?

The first step in the process ceramic tile painting is deciding on your plan of action. There are several ways to alter the appearance of your tile.

  1. Completely paint the tiles and grout one solid color for an overall change.
  2. Hand paint unique designs, either free-hand if you’re the artistic type or with a stencil.
  3. Use a stencil with a repeating pattern design for a larger area.

If you are going for one solid color or plan to stencil a continuous pattern, that requires some additional steps. However, if you plan to use a stencil pattern on a single tile, then this video gives great tips:

The location of the tile changes the technique. Painting tile in an area with humidity, such as a shower, or on a floor in a high traffic area can be tricky and is not always advisable.

Preparing the Surface

For any questionable area, using fine grit sandpaper to remove the gloss and allow paint to stick is essential in the preparation. In the above video, the tile is being used as a coaster for a plant so the polyurethane finish will help protect the paint from water dripping out of the pot.

In every project, you always start with cleaning the tile to remove grease, dirt, or soap scum. This is followed by sanding lightly and then wiping off the dust.

Using a primer specifically meant for ceramic surfaces will also help the paint to adhere. As far as paint, there are multiple options:

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Latex Paint: Apply one to two coats of a bonding primer that’s made to adhere to surfaces such as tile. Allow the primer to dry for the recommended time, then follow with two topcoats of acrylic latex wall paint.

Epoxy Paint: Apply two coats of a two-part epoxy paint that’s made for tile and other hard to paint surfaces, such as Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile. Follow the directions carefully, and allow the recommended drying time before using. The colors available for epoxy paint may be limited.

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Some people choose oil paint because it is more durable. Others use chalk or enamel paint for a different look.

If you plan to hand paint with a brush, you’d be wise to create a stencil that you can then trace onto the tile with a pencil to give yourself a better chance at success. Paint the lightest colors in the pattern first, which helps avoid smudges. Be sure to let each color completely dry before starting the next shade.

To completely cover the tiles and grout, the process is similar. Clean tiles that have been scuffed up and primed are more apt to hold paint and not scratch and peel as easily. I would advise always finishing any job with a urethane layer to seal the paint if you aren’t using an epoxy.

Call a painting contractor in Denver to get advice on how to paint ceramic tile and what paint works the best for your situation.