Sure, I am very sure, that on more than one occasion the idea of painting the bathroom or kitchen tiles has crossed your mind. But immediately afterward the little voice appears, indicating how are the tiles painted? ” That how to paint, what color to do it, or what type of paint to use will have an answer in this article. Because painting the kitchen or bathroom tiles responds to the same step by step. Only the stay changes.
The reasons why painting tiles is a good option to update the decoration is that it is simple, relatively fast, does not involve work or dust or debris, renovations, conceal the age of the coating, you can invest in furniture, which saves you on tiles …
CAN YOU PAINT THE KITCHEN TILES?
The answer to whether you can paint kitchen tiles is yes. And from the bathroom too. You just have to know how to do it and this implies knowing the step by step and the materials you need. If you wonder is you can use Chalk Paint for it, we will also answer you. Any relief of the tile will remain (as you see in this image of a renovated kitchen without works, the work of Ana Lorentzian of Decorated). That is, even if you paint the tile, if this or the border has a motif, it will remain. Much more concealed and uniform, but it will be.
QUESTIONS PRIOR TO PAINTING THE TILES
WHAT COLOR TO PAINT THE TILES?
Ideally, go for a soft color that brings clarity to the kitchen. But the variety of colors of tile paints has been greatly expanded. You have them available in pastel, neutral, dark, vibrant tones … Take into account the effect you want to achieve and even the tone of the furniture so that it contrasts or creates a certain contra.
DO I PAINT ALL THE KITCHEN TILES?
It depends. If there is furniture that will cover part of the wall, save yourself the effort and money of painting that strip. You can also combine paint with other coverings such as panels or vinyl tiles – a good idea is to place them on the work front.
DO I USE THE SAME COLOR ON ALL KITCHEN WALLS?
It also depends on the effect you want to achieve. You can play with a plinth in the lower area in one color and the rest in another, especially if you have a border. You can leave the border in another color or integrate it into the one you use at the bottom of the wall. Another option is to paint all the walls in one color except one that, for example, delimits the office.
HOW TO CALCULATE, HOW MUCH PAINT NEEDED?
Measure the walls you want to paint, both width and height. Multiply and you will have the square meters you need to cover. The paint performance you choose will always show the performance of the paint, that is, what it covers with a can. As a general rule, calculate between 8 and 13 m 2 per liter. You just have to divide the total surface that your kitchen has given you by the performance of the paint and you will have the number of cans you must buy.
WHAT TYPE OF PAINT SHOULD I USE?
Chalk Paint as such is not suitable for painting kitchen tiles. You need a specific paint that in this case is an enamel (they are not washed in water) or with a specific line from the Authentic Chalk Paint brand called Versace (and that allows cleaning rollers and brushes with water). The Versace line is suitable for both wet and outdoor areas (note, another Authentic Chalk Paint line is not suitable for tiles). One of the main differences between enamels and Verdant is that the latter has an ultra-matte finish.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO “USE” THE TILES?
If you use enamel, wait between five and six days before using the kitchen since although to the touch it will seem dry, internally it will not be. You cannot get wet during this time.
In the case of Authentic, they also recommend leaving a time of “curing”: “normally about 15 or 20 days depending on the temperature and humidity. You can use the kitchen normally during this time but try not to hit, rub or scratch the surface”.
STEP BY STEP: HOW TO PAINT TILES
STEP 1. PRE-CLEANING THE KITCHEN TILES
It is essential that the tiles you are going to paint are perfectly clean. If there are traces of grease or dirt, it will not catch the enamel and there will be marks that will ugly the result.
To paint tiles with enamel, do a good cleaning of the tiled surface with solvent. “Conventional cleaners usually leave a silicone film to make it shine more and keep the surface clean for a longer time, which is not recommended when painting.
To paint tiles with Authentic Chalk Paint Versace Neus, from Crea Decor Recycled – Chalk Paint official store -, it is advisable to use the Omniclean product from Authentic.
STEP 2. PROTECT OR REMOVE
Ideally, you should leave the kitchen (or bathroom walls if you dare to paint the tiles in this room) as free as possible. Without furniture – in case you can remove them. Anything that stays on the wall, whether it’s furniture, countertop, or exposed pipes, protect it well with paper, plastic, and painter’s tape. It is a task before starting that will prevent you from cleaning and staining your furniture.
STEP 3. PRIMER TO PAINT TILES
This step is for those who decide to paint the kitchen tiles with the Authentic Chalk Paint Versace type of paint. One or two layers of your first or primer ensure better paint adhesion. “Its application can be carried out both with a brush and with a roller, although with the roller it will be faster. The drying time of the first is 4 hours.
Tip: if the tiles are dark and you want to paint in a light color, applying a primer, which is usually white, helps to lighten and then you need fewer layers of paint. This also works in the case of enamels.
STEP 4. BEFORE PAINTING THE ENTIRE WALL
As a tip, whatever paint you use, check that when the roller is passed, the joints are well covered. In the case of highly relief tiles, rustic type, the roller may not reach the joint. In this case, you only have to paint them with a brush beforehand. And before the paint dries, roll the entire wall.
Paint with the brush also around the taps, plugs, and any element that is fixed on the wall (previously protected so as not to stain them).
Tip: Pour the product into a painter tray wide enough for the roller to enter. From Leroy Merlin, they also advise that “if the brush is new, it is convenient that before using it you immerse it a few hours in warm soapy water and then rinse it and dry it very well. This way the loose bristles will come off, and they will not do it when you are painting “
STEP 5. PAINT THE TILES
Before the paint, you applied in the previous step dries, roll the roller with enamel or Versace paint over the entire wall. Try to make vertical passes only once, without crossing the roller.
To apply a second coat of paint, it is essential to respect the drying time between layers, which will also be indicated on the packaging. In the case of Verdant, it will be about 4 hours and in the case of the enamel of up to 24 hours.
STEP 6. DO YOU WANT TO MARK THE JOINTS BETWEEN TILES?
We have already seen step by step how to paint the kitchen tiles with enamel or specific paint Authentic Chalk Paint. It looks great on an entire wall in the same color, but if you feel like highlighting the joints, once the paint on the wall is dry, use a joint marker (marker pen) to go over the lines.