Debby Allmon Addresses Painting Ceramic Tile

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Last updated on January 1, 1970

Recently, certified remodeler Debby Allmon was featured in the Handyman section of the Kansas City Star. In the article, Debby addresses a reader’s question on the best types of paint to use to paint ceramic tile. Take a look at the reader’s question.

I have white 10-inch square tile around my fireplace and on the hearth as well as white 4-inch ceramic tile around a bathtub. I would like to paint the tile to give it a marble effect. I am thinking I would probably need to use a couple of different colors to achieve the effect. I would want something that would adhere well and last. Is this even a good idea and if so, what type of paint would you recommend?

Here’s Debby’s response to the reader in the KC Star:

Painting tile can be a good idea as long as the tile does not get wet repeatedly. The areas you describe around a fireplace and a tub (that does not also act as a shower) should be suitable locations.

Paint will not stick to a slick, shiny tile surface, so careful preparation is important. Clean the tile vigorously using a bath cleaner with a mild abrasive. Make sure all residue is removed. Allow the tile to completely dry.

Then use an oil-based semi-gloss or high-gloss paint. You may want to get some pictures or pieces of marble to help you emulate the veining and coloring of the marble look you want to achieve. Once the paint has dried for two to three days, coat it with two coats of clear, water-based urethane to protect the paint. Good luck with your project!

Be sure to check out the Handyman Section of the KC Star for more expert design answers from certified remodeler and vice president of Schloegel Design Remodel, Debby Allmon.