I know ya’ll are freakin’ out right now! Did she really paint her tile? Did it work? Is it already scuffed up? Will it chip? These are all the questions I asked myself before undertaking this DIY project. We paint our walls, our furniture, and even our concrete…so why the heck can’t we paint our tile? The simple answer to all these questions is… YES! IT CAN BE DONE! AND IT WILL STICK! I’m the girl who painted her tile!!!
Have you all seen those cement tiles that come in so many cool prints? Ive fallen in love with all the graphics. Not wanting to replace all my tile got me thinking how I could accomplish this high impact look for less. This is what I came up with!
LIST OF SUPPLIES:
–Annie Sloan chalk paint in decided colors (I used Old White and Graphite) Note: I’ve also used Rust-Oleum brand with success
–Polyurethane for sealant (I used a low Luster because I did not want shiny)
Step 1: Vacuums and clean your floor with soap and water thoroughly. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. If your floor has any dirt, dust, or crumbs on it the paint will chip off leaving little specks where the paint did not take.
Step 2: Using your painters tape, tape along the bottom of the baseboard or wall the meets your tile. This will protect it from mishaps.
Step 3: Paint along the sides where the baseboards or walls meet the tile and along the grout lines. I used the Graphite color as my base color because I wanted more black than white in my pattern. Use your favorite angled paint brush for this step. I only did one coat here. The paint took very well. Let dry 1 hour.
Step 4: Using your foam roller, roll on the same paint all over tile. Make sure to go over all the spaces you already painted with the roller as well. This is what my floor looked like after one coat. Let dry 1 hour.
Step 5: Repeat step 4 until your floor is fully covered and there are no light spots. The chalk paint will scuff easily until its sealed so wear socks while stepping on the floor and avoid walking on it except to paint.
Step 6: Get your stencil out! I ordered mine custom, but Cutting Edge has some great options now. It’s funny, since this post went viral, they actually came out with a collection that mirrors so many of the cement tile patterns! Shop them just below or click HERE to see all the tile stencil options.
Make sure when you measure your tile you are exact. My tile was a 17.5 inch square. I made sure to specify what I would be using the stencil for so that the graphic would match the size of my tile. When you receive your stencil, it will be larger than your tile, but the graphic will be the same size.
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Step 7: Align your stencil with the corners of your tile. The outer most tips of my design came to each corner perfectly. Make sure its on strait and tape down lightly with your blue painters tape.
Step 8: Using a NEW foam roller pad, roll your second color over the stencil making sure to cover all exposed areas. You will want to paint fairly quickly as chalk paint drys fast. Roll over each small section at a time rather that over the entire image. This will help avoid roller marks.
Step 9: Carefully remove the stencil and place on another tile. Do not place on an adjoining tile. Because the actual stencil is larger than the tile, it will mess up the fresh paint if you paint a tile right next to it. Stagger the stencil on tiles diagonal and then go back and fill in the rest.
Step 10: When you come to the edges, some of your tiles may not be full size.. Mine weren’t. This part can be tricky, but the stencil bends easily. Match the corners of stencil with corners of tile and bent stencil so that you can roll paint all the way to the baseboard or wall. You may not be able to get exactly all the way but it can be touched up with the smaller brush later.
Step 11: Once your floor is complete let dry for at least 2 hours. Then go back and do touch ups. First use your base color and small paint brush to fix any areas where the paint may have bled. Let dry all the way and wash brush completely. Then go back with your second color (white) and fill in any areas needed. The more detailed you are, the better your finished product will look. The goal is to make the tile look as if your purchased it this way, not painted it yourself 🙂
Step 12: After drying over night, brush on the first coat of polyacrylic. Cover floor completely but avoid over brushing. Let dry 2 hours between each coat. Roll on the rest of the coats using a NEW foam roller. I did 4 coats of polyacrylic. This step will keep your floor from scuffing and protect all your hard work! Don’t skimp! After the last coat, let it dry overnight before walking on it. Remove the blue tape form the walls the next morning.
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Step 13: Enjoy your new floor! You worked hard for it!!!!