Do you have an eyesore in your home you would really like to take care of but don’t have the budget? I have a great solution for you! Paint. Yes I know, paint is not a band-aid but you will be amazed at the transformation a little paint can have. Our eyesore was our entryway tile but with a little paint from DecoArt, we now have a gorgeous floor to welcome guests with! Want to know how to paint tile with chalk paint? Today I am sharing the truth about what goes into it and why it’s worth it!
*DecoArt provided me with paint to complete this project. And I am so excited to share the results with you!
I started out by doing tons of research. There are a couple of posts I found that were really helpful and they said pretty much the same things so I figured why not right? Painting the tile saves us from ripping it out for a couple more years plus I don’t have to see that awful burnt orange!
What You Need for Painting Tile
- 1 16 oz jar of DecoArt Americana Home Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting (white)
- 1 16 oz jar of DecoArt Americana Home Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon (black)
- Polycrylic in Satin
- 1 small sponge roller
- 1 large synthetic paintbrush
- Stenciling sponge/brush
- Tile stencil (I ordered mine from Cutting Edge Stencil)
- Disposable shop towels
- Sandpaper (fine grit)
How to Paint Tile with Chalky Finish Paint
Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies you will want to start the prep work. I know most people think there’s no prep when working with chalk paint but for best results, you want to do a little prep to the surface. I swept and cleaned the tile the best I could. I then used sandpaper to rough up the tile surface and get any bits and pieces from YEARS of living (We’re talking 70s here people!). I then cleaned it up again by sweeping and a little spray mixture I use on furniture too. It’s mainly water with a little bleach. I just use shop towels to wipe it all up.
I didn’t use a primer but you could if you wanted to. I went straight to rolling on the Carbon chalky finish paint. It took three coats for a solid coverage. Probably could have stopped at 2 but I wanted to be safe. I waited several hours in between the first two coats and overnight on the last one.
Here’s where the fun begins! Stenciling wasn’t as easy as the tutorials made it out to be. Most tutorials show a foam roller doing the job but my tiles were not a flat surface, they have a smooth texture but a wavey surface. At this point, I was thinking, “What did I get myself into?” Rolling didn’t work because the surface allowed paint to seep under the stencil. I knew I would be doing some touch ups but not like this! I then switched to a stenciling sponge/brush. The idea is to use as little paint as possible and build up the color until it’s solid. By using a little paint at a time there’s less to touch up.
When stenciling tile you want to paint every other tile so that the previous tile can dry. With chalk paint, you will also want to clean up your stencil once it starts to build up so that you can keep that clear crisp line.
I thought this step would take a day or two. I wanted to just knock it out and be done but sitting on a hard floor is better done in small time increments. I took 3 or 4 days on this step only because I couldn’t just use a roller. If you have a flat tile I can see this step going a lot faster.
I chose to go back with the Carbon and a detail paintbrush (angled). This cleaned up the places the paint leaked under the stencil, one place where my kids dropped my stenciling sponge and gave the detail a clean crisp edge. If you look really close you can tell this tile is painted but who is going to be on their hands and knees inspecting my tile?
The final step was the one I was most worried about. You want something that will protect your paint from chipping, yellowing, and has the sheen you are looking for. I chose Polycrylic in satin and so far it has worked great. I think the key with Polycrylic is to use thin coats. This helps with bubbles as well as the yellowing. It isn’t supposed to yellow but I’ve heard of cases where it has. I wonder if the coats were too thick. (But that’s just a guess). I did 4 or 5 coats of Polycrylic letting each one dry completely.
Is Painting Tile Worth It?
The process doesn’t always go as smooth as you hope, while it took longer than I expected (because of the tile surface), it wasn’t hard to do. I love the end results and I love that I didn’t have to rip out tile at this point. Painting your tile with Americana Chalk Finish Home Decor paint is the perfect solution for that home improvement eyesore.
I’m really loving the style our home is taking on. It’s midcentury modern meets farmhouse. Here are a few more projects that you might enjoy if this is your style too:
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