Ceramic Tile Transformation with Chalk Paint

When it comes to Chalk Paint you can pretty much paint anything. People find that very hard to believe, but with a few tips, preparation, and a willingness to have a bit of fun, anything is possible!

Ceramic tiles are normally shiny or have an element of sheen. This isn't a problem, you just need to ensure that they are cleaned of debris and grease. This can be achieved by using washing up liquid or sugar soap, just ensure that its rinsed clean before painting.

Here are a couple of examples of painted tiles I've done recently. One is an entry hall at the bottom of a set of stairs and the other is a fireplace hearth. Both done differently with a different look and finish. I'll talk you through how I did both of them.

Starting with the entry hall. The tiles were originally a deep red colour, they were stained and splashed with paint from the previous occupants. I started by giving them a good clean, letting them dry and then applying a coat of Stonebreaker Chalk Paint

As you can see from the video the coverage is quite incredible

I only needed to apply 1 coat with a couple of touch ups. Remember to only touch up after the first coat has been allowed to dry fully so that you get good adhesion. After allowing the paint to fully dry and checking that I was happy with the coverage, I set about painting in the grout lines. You don't have to do this, you could always choose to leave it as it is. I wanted to tie the door in so mixed a colour close to that of the door. I mixed a small amount of Victorian Black into the Stonebreaker colour.

Here is a working progress pic. You can see that the tiles look slightly wet, this is me spraying water as I applied the paint to the grout line just to soften it a bit.

I used a detail brush to push the paint into the original grout line, helping to keep an authentic and natural finish.

You would need to allow this to dry fully before touching up and then overnight before sealing it.

As a high traffic area, this floor needed sealing. I sealed it with our water based lacquer. It comes in three finishes matt, satin and gloss (I chose matt for this project). I applied the first coat with a flat synthetic brush with about 30% water added, just to ensure it fully penetrated the paint for a solid and robust finish. I applied a further 2 coats, no water added, 24 hours apart.

The second set of tiles (the hearth) were painted in Cloudburst mixed with a small amount of Victorian Black. You can see the raw colour of Cloudburst on the fire surround. I was looking for a slightly deeper colour for the hearth.

Not the best photo in the world, but you get the idea. Again a one coat coverage and an immediate transformation!

So after painting and allowing to dry I applied a tinted wax. I applied a wax on this tile as opposed to a lacquer for a few reasons. Firstly, its not a working fireplace so wax is safe to use; secondly I wanted a stone look and the natural finish of wax is far more realistic than lacquer; and thirdly its not a high traffic area, this will be for display only, so doesn't need the robust finish of lacquer.

How to apply the wax;

  1. Take a plate and pop enough wax onto finish your desired area (remembering that wax goes a long way).

  2. Mix 40/60 ratio of (Cloudburst and Pearl) chalk paint to wax. Here I used my eye for the colour but about 20/80 Cloudburst to Pearl.

  3. Use a Natural Bristled wax brush to apply the wax, pushing it into the grout lines and over the tiles, removing the excess where needed with a lint free cloth.

If you have any tile painting stories or any other work that you'd like to share please do email them to rbdhome@outlook.com; we always like to see what you are getting up to.

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