How to Paint Basement Floor Tiles

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Replacing a basement tile floor when you have become tired of the colors can be both tiresome and expensive. Removing the tiles alone, even if you do it yourself, can take a great deal of time and effort. An easier way to obtain the look you want is to paint the floor tiles. This can be done by yourself with only minimal tools and a few buckets of specific paint, saving you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars from the costly floor demolition.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Painter's tape
  • Semi-gloss or high-gloss paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paint thinner
  • Rag
  • Wash and clean off the floor. You want to both sweep the floor and mop it to remove all dirt, dust and debris. Allow the floor to dry before continuing.

  • Tape off the grout work with painters tape if you have any and want to preserve the look of the grout. This helps each tile stand out, which is important if you plan on painting the floor one color. Tape off along the bottoms of the walls along the floor also.

  • Paint over the tile floors with a high gloss or semi-gloss paint. The high gloss is going to add more shine and reflect more light than the semi-gloss paint. Because of the tape over the grout you can roll the paint on with a roller; however, this may leave the texture of the roller on the floor.

  • Wait for the paint layer to completely dry and apply additional layers if needed. The basement floor is going to take longer to dry than the typical wall because it is against the ground and is colder than a wall.

  • Remove the painter's tape once the paint has dried. Apply some paint thinner to a rag and clear off any paint smudges that may have found their way onto the grout.

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