How to Paint Ceramic Tiles For Your Home

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You can add some personal touches to your walls, countertops, and backsplashes by painting your own ceramic tiles. Paint your own ceramic tiles to act as accent tiles to break up the patterns or colors. This is something that you can even have your kids do. You don't have to worry if you are not that artistic as you can also use stamps and stencils to paint the ceramic tiles.

Things You'll Need

  • Matte-finish tile
  • Enamel satin paint
  • Enamel glaze
  • Paintbrush
  • Wide foam brush
  • Ceramic tile surface conditioner
  • Stamps and stencils(optional)
  • Clean your ceramic tiles with a dish soap and dry them off completely. Make sure that they are clean as dust and dirt can interfere with the paint sticking to the tiles.

  • Apply a ceramic tile surface conditioner to prime the tiles. It will dry clear and it allows the paint to stick to the tiles better, just like primer does when you paint your walls.

  • Paint your design on your ceramic tile. Choose a design that fits in with the style of your home or the room that you are decorating. Use stencils or stamps in you wish. Make sure to use a permanent enamel paint that is specifically for ceramics.

  • Let the paint dry completely on the tile.

  • Apply an enamel glaze to the ceramic tiles to help protect them from fading and chipping. This also makes the tiles washable, without the paint wearing off. Use a wide foam brush and try to paint the tiles with the least number of strokes necessary, trying not to go over the parts you have already done.

  • Allow the glaze on the tiles approximately 24-48 hours to dry before you install the tiles on your wall, countertop or backsplash.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a enamel paint that air-dries on ceramics instead of having to bake or fire the tiles. If you can't find it in a hardware or paint store, check your local craft store.
  • Photo Credit ronnieb@morguefile.com
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