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How To Chalk Paint Tile Floors

With the introduction of chalk paint, many homeowners are finding it easy to cover up ugly floor tiles with chalk paint and stencils.



Chalk paint has been around for a few years now and has gained unbelievable popularity over most other paints when used for painting furniture, painting fabrics, and even painting tiled floors. Take a look at Instagram and Pinterest and you will see how many people are using this paint - successfully! - for a wide variety of options. Even I have used different brands of chalk paint in my home; from kitchen cabinets, distressed furniture, upholstered chairs and as a test to see how durable it was when painted on a tiled floor.









Anyone thinking about painting floor tiles should keep in mind that using chalk paint to add a stencilled design to cover up ugly floor tiles is not a permanent option. Painting floor tiles with chalk paint should be considered a semi-permanent way to cover ugly or dated tiles on the floor - a way to give you time to start saving up until you can afford to replace the existing tiles. Make no mistake, chalk paint does stick to floors very well, but it's not a lasting finish and, over time, it will get scuffed with daily foot traffic and you have to be careful not to scratch the floor.









Step 1

The first most important step when wanting to chalk paint on floor tiles is to make sure the floor is absolutely clean. Anything that blocks the paint from sticking to the tiles will mean that the paint will peel off later on. Use Krud Kutter and a soft scrubbing brush to clean the tiles and grout then rinse and wipe clean and repeat the process.

The cleaning process will ensure that the floor tiles are squeaky clean and ready for painting. But wait... only paint one the floor tiles are one hundred per cent dry, so perhaps leave overnight before painting.



Step 2

While not absolutely essential, sanding the tiles and applying a primer will provide a longer-lasting paint finish, particularly if you have glossy or slightly shiny floor tiles. Grab a sander and 120-grit sanding pad - a random orbit sander is the best to use if you have one - and sand over the surface of the tiles. Wipe clean with a slightly damp cloth to remove ALL traces of dust.



GOOD TO KNOW: When you start the painting process, make the bathroom off-limits until you are done or make sure that everyone removes their shoes before walking on the painted floor.







Step 3

Apply a quality chalk paint for the base coat, which will be applied over the entire area using a foam roller or paint roller with a low nap. As you work, make sure there are no air bubbles or gaps. You can apply the roller lightly over any air bubbles to remove these.




Paint the entire floor - working towards the door and then leave to dry overnight.

Before you apply the second {top} coat, make sure that the floor is still clean or wipe with a dry cloth.


Step 4

With the tiled floor painting in the base colour, you can now apply the stencil and the second coat of chalk paint.



Before you start painting, practice a couple of times on a large piece of paper so that you already have the process in mind for applying the stencil and top coat of paint.







Step 5

The final step of the process is to apply the topcoat to protect the painted finish. You need to apply 2 to 3 coats of topcoat, with drying time between each coat. You can apply a couple of extra coats if you wish, and this will provide even more protection.




Even though you have applied a top coat protective finish, all the products used are water-based, which means you cannot allow the floor to stay wet once paint. Wipe dry immediately after showering or bathing, and only clean the floor with a slightly damp mop.








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