Painting bathroom or kitchen tiles, the decorating trick made possible with a tile paint to change its color which avoids breaking the old, ugly tile while saving significant amounts! To know everything about tiling and resin painting, presentation of paints and our advice for repainting tiling.
Updated on 05/19/2016
Tile paint for bathroom and kitchen walls
Many of you wonder if tile paint is difficult to apply and if it really sticks to old tile or earthenware. So rest assured, it’s easy. To achieve this, 2 imperatives: Choose your tile paint carefully and take care of the preparation of the support that you want to repaint.
Regarding the price, we can consider that tiling paint is quite expensive, but it suffices to make a comparison with the cost of dismantling and installing new tiling, to conclude that the option paint is a boon to repaint your bathroom for cheap.
A second question often comes up about this painting:
Can we use the same tile paint for the kitchen and the bathroom? Well, yeah ! This special paint can be used in the kitchen, for to paint the tiles of the credenza, as on the earthenware bathroom, including the listel and even in very humid areas like the shower or around the bathtub. To be complete, this paint is used on all wall tiles without distinction of room or size of the tiles. So now let’s see in detail how to paint a tile easily:
All about tile painting
- In the world of specific paints, you first have the paint for tiles and wall tiles developed for direct application on tiles that saves you the step of sanding and undercoating. This type of special tile paint adheres perfectly to the support after leaching, an essential phase which makes it possible to degrease the support and after a ginning of the surface to be painted. Depending on the brand, this paint can be applied directly to tiles in one or two coats. After ten days of drying the paint in depth, the repainted tiles can be washed with ordinary cleaning products.
- At the same time, with conventional acrylic paint, you can paint on tiles provided that you apply a suitable undercoat to the substrate beforehand and protect the new paint with a varnish.
- Another solution, the resin paint for tiles which also applies directly and is then covered with a suitable protective layer which hardens the resin and protects it from blows and cleaning products.
- A new generation of paint allows you not only to revamp the old tiles, but also to completely remove the joints and say goodbye to the tiles! It’s called a paint, but to be fair, since it has its consistency, it’s a coating for tiles and earthenware.
Apply a tile paint directly to the support
- 1: Start by washing the tiles in order to remove all the inevitable grease deposits in a kitchen or soap and lime in a bathroom. Armed with a degreaser, Saint Mark’s laundry style, you remove all traces of dirt and grease by insisting on the areas deemed sensitive: The tiling of the credenza, the range hood and that of the stove, the earthenware on the walls from the shower, around the sink and the bath Rinse, then pass a cloth soaked in acetone or methylated spirits with particular emphasis on the joints of the tiles.
- 2: Then fluff the tiles using 120g sandpaper. This operation, which is not like sanding the tiles, makes it possible to form fine scratches on the support which will ensure good adhesion of the paint to come.
- 3: Paint the tiling in one or two layers according to the recommendations provided by the paint brand.
- 4: Wait ten days for a deep hardening of the paint before being able to maintain the tiling with the usual cleaning products.
- Step 1: Carry out the same scrupulous preparation of the support as for the special tiling paint.
- Step 2: Apply a good quality undercoat suitable for the support, for example the Julien tile undercoat. Do not skimp on the quality of the underlayment . For a few euros more you will prevent the paint from flaking from the first shock or from the regular attack of household products.
- other reference sublayer:
- Step 3: Apply two coats of acrylic paint with satin or lacquer finish (we now find lacquer paints without solvent)
- Respect the drying times of the products you select.
- For a perfect grip of the undercoat and paint, avoid having an too humid atmosphere in the bathroom or the kitchen.
A painting for tiles in the kitchen:
Specially designed for the support, this tile paint can be applied directly to the wall and offers excellent resistance to humidity. Its yield is approximately 15 to 18 m² / L. Available in 0.5 L pot. Finish: Satin finish. Color paprika red and anise green. Caropeint Julien painting , for sale in DIY supermarkets.
Painting news: A new kitchen paint special multi-media allows you to paint the tiling in direct application on wall and horizontal support for example a work plan or a table top.
Painting on bathroom tiles
Another example of the use of Julien paint on a bathroom tile. A little advice before you start: After cleaning the tiling with acetone, protect all non-tiling surfaces with masking tape including the piping which will have to be repainted with another type of paint. Apply two coats of tile paint starting at the corners using a stub brush and continue with the paint roller. the paint is applied in a thin layer and the layers are spaced 24 hours apart. Make sure to remove the tape before it dries completely. The paint is completely dry after three days.
Please note: This paint is not suitable for covering the tiled walls of the shower, which are too subject to splashing water. For this surface, we recommend using a bathroom paint 100% waterproof.
Renovation painting for bathroom and kitchen tiles
The Renovation Earthenware paint can also be applied directly to tiles and strips without having to sand. This paint does not flake and its components make it possible to paint areas of the tile exposed to temperature variations such as behind the oven, and also limit the formation of mold. It is part of the collection Renovation V33 which allows you to completely redo your kitchen or your bathroom: repaint the furniture, the floor and therefore the tiling of the credenza and coordinate the colors of the different supports.
The tiling paint which makes the joints disappear
When painting tiles you may want to get a completely smooth wall that makes you forget the old tiles. This is what you can do with the Masqu’Carrelage coating, which is applied directly to the tiling in two layers. To hide the joints, you start by filling them with the coating using a trowel. Once all the joints are covered, you apply the coating on all the tiles. The second layer is used to transform the tiled wall into a completely smooth surface. The coating is then covered with a varnish which ensures its protection. Please note: Masqu’Carrelage also applies to a tiled worktop.
Painting tiles with non-special paint
It is entirely possible to apply a paint that is not specifically intended for tiling. To guarantee its good performance on the tiles, it is essential to apply a special undercoat beforehand. The advantage of a classic acrylic paint is the wide palette of colors we have at our disposal, unlike the dozen colors in the paint swatches reserved for this support.
TOL-PRIM a super adherent undercoat from TOLLENS:
With this quality of special undercoat for smooth surfaces, you perfectly insulate your wall tile surfaces before applying your paint.
It is of the glycéor type, that is to say that the cleaning of the tools is done with White Spirit for example. Wait 24 hours to cover it.
What color paint on tiles?
The tiles being insulated by the underlay, you now have at your disposal all the color charts of acrylic paints, glycero and of course those of ecological paints.
Here the color chart of Kenzaï organic paintings
Apply the paint:
You can decide on one and the same color, but also combine several paint colors on the bathroom tiles, either in the same tones or, on the contrary, by working the colors in contrast.
If you want to bring out the joints in the tiles once your paint has dried, you can brush the joints with a fine paint of a different color but of the same quality. The easiest way to redo the joints is to use a attached paint pen . You can also play with colors using the tiles themselves as in the photo above.
Résinence Color paint for tiles
RESINENCE Color® is an epoxy resin, two-component with water and odorless for all supports. Résinence is therefore super solid on a tiled surface but also for restyling kitchen furniture as part of a complete renovation of the kitchen. With the same resin we can therefore have one color for the tiles and another for the wooden or laminate furniture in the kitchen or for redoing the bathroom . The two-component resin contains two elements: A resin and a hardener . During preparation, you mix these two components with water in the proportions provided to you in the instructions for use and you can start painting the support to be renovated. The resin being dry, (count 24 hours) you apply a protective resin which will harden the support even more and and make it resistant to shocks and cleaning products.
26 resin paint colors with the Résinence Color® Color Chart:
How to use the paints RESINENCE COLOR
Résinence Color by Résinence is on sale at Leroy Merlin, Castorama
A video to see how to use Résinence Color® :
Click on the image to see the video
Concrete effect painting on tiles
After the application of the undercoat on the tiling, the support is comparable to a simple wall, you can without problem apply a waxed concrete on tiling or cover it an even easier to apply decorative coating.
To revamp his kitchen , here the owner wanted to hide the old tiles. It succeeded ! It is literally metamorphosed with a Loy Leroy Merlin Waxed Concrete and forms a nice harmony with the pink metallic paint on the top of the walls.
In this bathroom, the old tiling was repainted with a decorative coating from Castorama .
Another type of paint can be used on tiling: metal effect paint . With such a paint you will certainly give a design spirit to the kitchen or the bathroom. Next to satin finish painted walls, metallic paint provides an interesting light effect.
How to protect the new paint?
Whether you choose to repaint the tiling with concrete or a decorative coating, to protect it from impact, from the inevitable contact with water in water features and also protect it from UV:
You must apply a colorless marine varnish . This special varnish has excellent protective power. Colorless, it does not change the color of the paint or that of waxed concrete on tiles . It can be found in a mat, satin or shiny finish in all DIY stores .
To find ideas for bathroom or kitchen makeovers thanks to tiling paint, a slideshow of photos before and after.