How to Paint a Tile Floor

Are you tired of looking at your old, outdated, and weary tiles? You’re not the only one. Like any other home structure, ceramic tiles are subject to deterioration and lose their original gloss and radiance after some time. Replacing tiles can be overly exhausting, time-consuming, and not to mention; expensive. As a result, many homeowners either choose to prolong or rethink doing their tiles.

Believe it or not, there’s another solution. Instead of redoing your tile floors, you can revitalize them and improve your home’s curb appeal at a fraction of the cost with a paint job. DIY tile treatment is rapidly becoming popular in the restoration industry without many homeowners taking this route to not only retain their old tiles but also give them a unique, luxurious look.

If you’re intrigued by all this, then you’re lucky since we’re about to spill the beans and teach you how to paint a tile floor. So, keep reading to learn everything about painting ceramic floors, including the pros and cons of this ambitious DIY endeavor, the supplies and equipment you need, and the steps to take.

Let’s get painting!

What to Consider Before Painting Your Tile Floor

Just because you can paint a tile floor doesn’t mean you always should. The first thing you have to assess is whether or not the tile floor is in good condition. For instance, if your tiles are chipped or cracked, you should probably consider redoing them and avoid spending money unnecessarily on a paint job since they’ll continue to deteriorate further. Secondly, if it’s your first time painting floors or any part of your house, start with small spaces, like your bathroom or kitchen, before working your way up to larger, more conspicuous areas like your living room or bedroom. Lastly, you should know that in high-traffic or humid areas, it’s likely that the paint will start to wear off or bubble with time. Therefore, you need to evaluate the feasibility of this DIY project accordingly.

Pros and Cons Of Painting Tile Floors Yourself

Before we dive into how to paint a tile floor, let’s explore the pros and cons of DIY tile treatment:


  • You get to give your old tiles a fresh and different look at little cost.
  • You can save both time and energy compared to redoing the tiles.
  • The better job you do, the more durable your painted tiles will be.
  • You can paint the floors to either match or complement your home décor.
  • Painting tiles can curb contaminant growth, including mold and bacteria.


  • Painting ceramic tiles isn’t a DIY job everyone can take on since it requires thorough planning and time investment.
  • Hiring a professional painter costs more money, but it generally produces better results than a DIY job.
  • Painting the tile floor yourself means you have to spend additional money on purchasing paint equipment. Depending on how much professionals charge for their services, taking the DIY route can be more expensive.

What Paint to Use for Tile Painting?

If you’ve assessed the pros and cons of DIY tile painting and are ready to move forward with the project, you first need to learn about the paints used for tile painting. Here are the main types to consider:

Chalk Paint

Chalk paint is one of the most popular choices for people looking to save time as it eliminates the need for a primer or undercoat. Moreover, it can also serve as a base coat for artistic DIYers looking for a patterned finish with other colors.

Latex Paint

Latex paint is perfect for both patterned and solid tiles, especially if you’re aiming for a high-gloss finish. Moreover, these paints are less prone to fading, cracking or peeling, and easier to apply since they dry much faster compared to other options.

Oil-Based Paint

Oil-based paints are the go-to choice for long-term solutions since they’re less prone to chipping and damage. Plus, they offer more choices in terms of colors and gloss quality. However, using this option requires a certain level of experience since they require a fair amount of prep work and take much longer to dry.


Other popular options include Epoxy paints, Alkyd paints, and Acrylic tile paints.

How to Paint Ceramic Tile Floors

Now that you understand the basics, let’s learn how to paint a tile floor:


  • Paint (oil, latex, chalk, etc.)
  • Light sandpaper
  • Primer (not required for chalk paint)
  • Paint roller and pan
  • Cleaning supplies (detergent, scrubbing brush, mop, bucket, etc.)
  • Safety equipment (mask, gloves, goggles, etc.)
  • Tape


  1. Before getting started, you need to ensure that your tile floor is clean and dry. The last thing you want is to paint over dust, hair, dirt, or any kind of debris, all of which can harm your result. Therefore, you first need to give the floors a good old-fashioned cleaning using a detergent solution, a scrubbing brush, and a mop. However, don’t put away your cleaning supplies yet. You’re going to need them again in the next step.
  2. Once your tiles are clean, you need to sand them with 220 grit sandpaper and clean/dry the area again to remove all the grit.
  3. Next, you need to thoroughly tape off any furniture, equipment, and adjacent walls/rooms to protect their surfaces from over rolling and wild paint splashes.
  4. In case you don’t know if your paint requires a primer, you can read the packaging or call the company’s helpline for a quick guide. If you’re still in doubt, there’s no harm in priming the space since it ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface.
  5. Once you have your primer ready in a pan, head to the furthest point of the area, preferably the corner, and use a roller to evenly coat the floor while following the tapeline. Once you’ve covered the room or area, let it dry and apply another coat.
  6. Now, you’re all set to paint. Pour some of your paint of choice into the pan and roll it evenly over the tiles. Make sure you let it dry completely. You can speed up the process by opening your windows or turning on the fan.


Now that you know how to paint a tile floor, you’re just a few hours or a weekend away from revamping your old tiles with a fresh look to improve your curb appeal, depending on your living space’s size, speed, and design requirements. So, what are you waiting for? Head to the nearest store and get everything you need for this incredibly creative DIY project. However, if you don’t possess the skills and abilities to take on complex design patterns, consider opting for a straightforward paint job or hire a professional painter for a better finish.