DIY: How to Paint Ceramic Floor Tile
This post is in partnership with Rust-Oleum.
Can you paint tile floors? Yes! I’m sharing how painting our bathroom’s tile floors – a simple, cost effective DIY – made a HUGE difference!
I have to kick off every DIY post by sharing that I’m not your every day DIYer. Projects that require any amount of skill overwhelm me and I have given up on more than a few. Recently Mom and I have been a lot more determined to find cost effective solutions to accomplish projects. The first two were at the Skyline Project (my house) where we painted my shower wall tile and then we added peel & stick tile to the laundry room. Both projects were SO MUCH easier than expected and we’re so pleased with how it turned out. The tile theme is not intentional, but it happens that the next project is at the Touch Gold Project (mom’s house) where we are painting floor tile in the upstairs bathroom.
We are using Rust-oleum’s RockSolid Interior Floor Coating system. Although the same brand, this product is not the same product we used to paint the wall tiles in the bathroom and is made specifically for floors. It can be used on tile, wood, laminate, concrete, vinyl, linoleum and more.
This jack and jill bathroom has a very familiar tile. It’s one that seemed to be used in every home and commercial bathroom in from 1980 - early 2000 😂It’s not the worst, but it definitely didn’t make the space feel special. We began updating the bathroom with new countertops, painted the vanity, new lights and hardware. The more we added to the space the more the tile felt out of place and dated. After the farm moulding and wallpaper went up it was time to find a cost effective solution that even a level one DIYer could take on. Enter Rust-Oluem.
Supplies to Paint Tile:
Something to Clean Floors with
Small Paint Roller (one that doesn’t shed)
How to Paint Tile:
Clean and Tape off space. The cleaning process was a lot simpler with the floor system than it was with the shower kit. Simply mop and make sure there is nothing on the surface when you begin painting.
Many tutorials using other products suggest priming. That is not necessary with the Rust-oleum RockSolid system.
2. PAINT BASE COAT
We painted one coat over the grout lines and all. For this jack and jill bathroom the process took us about 30 minutes. The tricky part was painting in a pattern that didn’t cause you to walk on wet paint. I’ve seen other tutorials showing products that you have to have 3 and 4 coats to get full coverage. This product is not super thick, but covers so well.
Between the base coat and the top coat you need to wait 6 hours for application. We could have run errands or worked on another project, but we played with puppies and read magazines. The waiting is the hard part. I suggest painting the base coat one afternoon and the next morning painting the top coat.
4. PAINT TOP COAT
The top coat was the easiest part. Just simply paint it on with a new roller. We used the semi-gloss for this project and are pleased with the sheen. Many other tutorials suggest many coats of a top coat sealer where as this system you simply need one. The instructions suggest waiting 12 hours before walking on floors. This last step took us 15minutes…yes less time than we scroll on Instagram each day.
Where Can You Paint Flooring?
Anywhere that needs an update! It’s the perfect long term solution for dated tile in an entryway, kitchen, laundry room, mudroom, bathroom floors – even high traffic areas! It’s not made to be used inside showers or on countertops. This product is also not food safe and should not be used on kitchen counters.
Should I Paint Grout Lines?
As you can see, we decided to paint over the grout lines for ease and a uniform finish, but you can tape to retain them if you prefer. The color we chose honestly looks like a pretty standard grout color.
What colors are available?
Rust-oleum currently has 18 color choices listed from white to many shades of gray and even sea foam!
How soon can I use my floor after painting it?
It is ready for foot traffic 24 hours after the top coat with a full cure time is 7-10 days.
How do I clean my floor after it has been coated with RockSolid HOME Interior Floor Coating System?
A fully cured floor can be cleaned with mild soap and water after 7 days. Do not use an abrasive cleaner.
Could I use this product with a stencil?
Absolutely! See the example below! It’s recommended to apply the first color of RockSolid HOME Base Coat and then using a second color of RockSolid HOME Base Coat for the stencil. Wait 6 hours before applying the stencil. Wait 1-2 hours after stencil is dry before applying the Top Coat.
Where can I buy it?
Currently, it is in This Home Depot and there are 6 states that do not carry it yet due to VOC restrictions. It should be nationally available by Spring 2020.
The entire process was much easier than we thought. Painting was quick and painless and the hardest part was waiting and staying off the floors. I would definitely do this project again and I’m actually thinking of using it on our tile floors in our local vendor booth where we sell some of our favorite things. That would be a great test of traffic.
If you use this technique to paint tile, please return to share your experience using the comments below or tagging me on Instagram! I’d love to see!
I always love to share more inspiration on posts like these, but since this is a new product there isn’t a ton out there yet. This project by Jennifer of Making Pretty Spaces is so darn inspiring and made up for the lack of inspiration on Pinterest!