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How to Paint Tile Floors

If you follow me on Instagram, then you DEFINITELY know that this how to paint tile floors  tutorial has been coming!  I have been painting the kids bathroom floors for the past couple of weeks, and you guys,  the outcome was better than I expected!

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 I set out to do a quick, inexpensive update for one room and share it with my followers. One of the projects was to update the flooring that I didn’t love.  I am going to share with you all how to paint tile floors in this post so you can also update your flooring in your home.  

Check out the fully updated bathroom here!

photo of painted tile bathroom floor

 

How to Paint Tile Floors

For us, when we decided we wanted to update the kids bathroom, we knew that we didn’t want to put the amount of money into the room that new tile would take.   This is our kids bathroom that honestly is used for very little more than middle of the night pee breaks and brushing teeth.  

That being said it is right at the top of our stairs, and I see it a million times a day so I wanted it to fit the house a bit better.

I saw AngelaRoseHome do painted floors on Instagram (amongst other people) but was so inspired I knew I had to try. 

 I am going to walk you through the process I used for painting the floors in this post.  

As a few disclaimers:  

I set out to do this and have the bathroom done – start to finish – in 1 week.     Because I am about 28 weeks pregnant it took me slightly longer to paint the floors, so it was more of a 2 week start to finish project in our house.

Common Questions I have gotten since I started this post that will be helpful

These are grouted tile floors, not laminate.  

I did these floors 6 months ago and they are holding up great with so far no chips or issues.  As stated above,  they are not used heavily as far as showers/baths are concerned, but my kids do use the bathroom daily to brush their teeth and such. 

The video on the post is from the 6 month mark, and thus showing you how they are holding up!

Step 1: Buy Supplies

First things first, you want to make sure you have all your supplies.  Below I have a list you can screen shot before you go to the hardware store, but I will also link to and list what I personally used here on this post, since lets face it – Amazon Prime makes everything easier.

For the stencil I personally used my Silhouette cameo to cut a stencil.  I will have a full section on how to do that in this post,  but if you don’t own a Silhouette, you can also very easily grab stencils on ETSY.  I will also talk about that option!

photo of supplies for painting tile floors

Supplies:

Stencils:

 The stencil is probably the hardest part of this whole process.  Finding a design you like, as well as a design that will work can be tricky.  

One thing to remember is that the design if you are cutting your own needs to be connected all the way through in spots.  The first design I chose and cut basically ended up being two pieces and that wouldn’t work.  I will also add that after doing this – the more simple you go, the easier it will be!

As stated before, I personally used my silhouette cameo for cutting my own stencil.  I used this material with the cutter, and I personally went with this stencil option from ETSY as the shape.  

They also sell this material at Hobby lobby – it is about 3.99 (before coupon) for 3 sheets, so this is a great deal on amazon!

You can also order stencils on ETSY – measure your tiles and just search it on easy for your perfect stencil.  Hopefully you can get 3/4 of them in a pack (that would be VERY helpful).  I personally wouldn’t try to do this with only one stencil. 

Prep the Floors:

Before photo of bathroom floors

This was my husbands job: clear the bathroom floors.  You will then need to sand down the floors lightly with either your sanding blocks or your electric sander.  Once you have done that you can clean them well with the degreaser.

Next give them a great final clean off with hot water.  Let the floors fully dry before you do any painting! You really REALLY need clean floors with no dust for a good finish. 

How to Paint Tile Floors:

Brown Tile floors being painted grey

First things first- paint the floors your base color.  For me I did grey first, so my husband did 2 coats of the grey paint from above on the floors.

For the first coat we did a paint brush on the grout as well as a foam roller over the whole thing.  The brush allowed us to get into the grout lines a bit better.

For the second coat we did just the foam roller.  We then let coat two REALLY REALLY dry before we started in on stenciling! 

In progress picture of tile floors being painted grey

SOME TIPS FOR THE WHOLE REST OF THE PROCESS: wearing clean socks any time you walk in the bathroom will help keep the floors clean while you’re doing this.  Keep in mind this is paint.  IF you walked on your walls they would get really dirty, so before they are sealed this is very helpful.  You should also wash your hands well before you head in to paint each time.  

Stenciling:

Grey Floors being painted white

A little tip I did not fully think of when doing this because I was too pregnant and tired, but I think it would have helped save me A LOT on touch ups would be to place your stencil down then roll a coat of your base color (so for me the grey) first.  Once that dries then roll your first coat of the new color.

Now for the trickiest part of the process – Stenciling!  Start near the back of your bathroom and pick a full square.  Tape it down around all sides and lightly roll it out in one direction with your new paint color!

 

Painted Tile Floors with stencil

Below are my BIG TIPS for stenciling:

  • LIGHT COATS ARE YOUR FRIEND. Do not do heavy coats.  If you do one super light coat first it will sort of tack down the stencil and allow you to do the heavier coats more easily too.
  • Roll in one direction if possible.
  • Don’t let the stencil get too dirty.  I noticed that the cleaner and fresher the stencil the better, so I washed mine each night.  When the stencil is dirty paint builds up on the under side. 
  • Pick a spot to line up the pattern for each.  For mine it was the middle little thing on the edges. It will look more like tile if you line those up. It is sort of hard to use your grout lines as your spots to line up. 
  • Let the paint fully dry before you lift the stencil.  Being in a hurry will do you no favors – you will just touch up more.

Painted Tile Floors with stencil

I completed all the  full tiles first.  if you can you can tape down several in a row and do them, so that you don’t have to jump around too much, but you will have to do some jumping so that you’re not taping onto freshly painted ones.  

Because I had access to cutting my own stencils I trimmed mine once that was done.  SO FOR INSTANCE: I cut one stencil to use against the wall.

 I trimmed another to use on the whole row against the tub.  I saved 2 full sized stencils for around the toilet that I was able to trim.  Take your time, and piece together what you have to.  There will be a few pieces that are tricky, but they aren’t as overwhelming as they seem.  

This is also a one reason I would recommend ordering more than 1 stencil.  The time saved and the sanity it saved towards the end was very worth it tot me.

Once all your floors are stenciled you will be ready to touch up.  AND THERE WILL BE LOTS. I started at the back of the bathroom and filled a cup with white and a cup with grey and just touched up little by little.

I found that having a foam brush and a tiny paint brush for each color was best because both options served different purposes.  It took me roughly 2/3 hours to touch up the whole bathroom, so it was not a fun process, but worth it for me.  

I do think if I had taken the time to do the coat of grey over the stencil this part would have been majorly cut down. 

Painted and stenciled Tile floors

Sealing the Floors:

The last step is to seal your floors.  Make sure your floors are FULLY FULLY FULLY dry.  Then you will use a foam roller and roll on the sealer all over the floors. The sealer needs to fully dry for 2+ hours between each coat of sealer, and a light sanding will make for a smoother final finish.

Basically between each coat take a sanding block and LIGHTLY sand the floors and then give them a good wipe down, then repeat.  We did this for a total of 4 coats of sealer to be safe and make sure it really didn’t chip!

 Once your last coat is done close the door and leave the bathroom alone for a couple of days.  We didn’t go on the floors for a full 48 hours after the final coat to allow for them to really seal and have a good outcome. 

Birds eye view of painted tile floors

Price Breakdown:

Overall this was not a super difficult process, and I totally think anyone can follow this tutorial on how to paint tile floors!  We personally owned a few of the supplies before starting, but over all my bathroom took me roughly 2 weeks from start to finish.  

The floors cost me roughly $70 in supplies.  I don’t think for a finished solution as pretty as this that I can complain a bit about that!  

Be sure to pin the image below to find this later, and if you have any questions leave them in the comments below, or DM on Instagram (@arinsolange).  

If you want to see another great way paint can transform your bathroom, be sure to check out this blog post on how we painted our bathroom cabinets a couple of years ago.  They still look just this great over time.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Sam
    June 3, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Omg I love this idea

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    Navy
    June 3, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I cannot believe how amazing this turned out! Totally having you do this to my next house ????????

    • Reply
      Arin
      June 3, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      you’re lucky I might love you enough. MIGHT.

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      Marilyn
      November 17, 2019 at 8:07 am

      Beautiful ! Can my stencil be larger than my tile ?

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        Arin
        November 17, 2019 at 10:12 am

        other people have done this where they don’t copy the size of the tile. I personally did, but it is not something you have to do!

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    Kaiza
    September 30, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I have a question,if I did this in a rental and wanted to move out,can I reverse the process? Or is this permanent?

    • Reply
      Arin
      September 30, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      Hi!! I am not sure if you would be able to. I am assuming its sort of permanent!

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    Emma
    October 28, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    I am obsessed with this stencil! It looks like its not on etsy anymore :(. Any idea where I might be able to find it??

    • Reply
      Arin
      October 28, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      Oh No!! Let me see what I can find!

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    Darlene
    October 31, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Is this a ceramic or vinyl tile floor?

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      Arin
      November 1, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      Ceramic tile

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      Kayla smith
      February 15, 2020 at 8:01 pm

      Also looking for this! Is there a shop name you could share?

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        Arin
        February 16, 2020 at 9:04 am

        Hi Kayla,

        What kind of shop are you looking for? I am happy to check something out. I think Darlene was asking if the original floor was vinyl or tile.

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    Murali
    November 10, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Great job ! It is one thing to start a project but a different level to complete it so beautifully . Just terrific

    • Reply
      Arin
      November 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      Oh my gosh that is so sweet! Thank you!

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    Esther Ramadan
    November 24, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    How is this holding up now that’s it a few months in. Does the paint chip off the tile any?

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      Arin
      November 24, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      Hi! It is holding up super well. So far we have no chips or areas that are failing. It is not a bathroom that gets a lot of really wet floors (my kids shower in our bathroom) so I can’t attest to that, but as far as normal wear, it’s doing great!

      Arin

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    Greg
    December 28, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Good article with great tips. It seems that this would definitely be a DIY project, considering the amount of labor involved. If you had paid a professional to do this, it would end up being less expensive to just have a contractor replace the tile. I’m going to do this project in our laundry room. Thanks!

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    Julia Ray
    January 16, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Hello! I love what you’ve done. I am considering do this for both of my bathrooms. Did you have any paint left over?

    Thank you!

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      Arin
      January 16, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      I did!! I think pending the size of the bathroom you could likely do 2 with the paint posted!

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    Jean
    January 17, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    So happy I found your tutorial! I hate our tile and want a change. Now I just need to convince my husband. Wish me luck! 😉

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      Arin
      January 18, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      You got this!! I would love to see your end result if you do it!! If you Instagram my handle is @arinsolange!

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    kayla smith
    February 15, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    I have a cricut and can only cut 11.5″ wide! My tiles are 12″. 🙁 Can the silhouette go there full 12? Trying to figure out how to do this!!

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      Arin
      February 16, 2020 at 9:02 am

      Hi Kayla,

      Oh no!! The max size on a silhouette is 12 inches. You can cut all the way to the edges, so it might work via a silhouette. If not I would maybe go with an ETSY option. I personally don’t think I saved much money cutting them myself because of materials.

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    Amy
    March 11, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    So happy I found this!! I’m looking for that stencil shape, do you have any links to it on Etsy? The one listed above isn’t active anymore.

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