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Painted Ceramic Tile Cost

Tiled walls are an attractive, low-maintenance option for kitchens and bathrooms. Over time, tiles may start to deteriorate, or you may decide you want a fresh look to keep up with trends. In such situations, painting your ceramic tiles is a cost-effective alternative to retiling. Some DIY enthusiasts want to tackle this project themselves, but hiring a painting pro is quicker and often comes with better results. If you’re ready for some color on your tiles, let’s connect you with a painting pro near you!

Table of Contents

  1. Painting Ceramic Tile Cost
  2. Material Costs Of Painting Ceramic Tiles
  3. Why Paint Ceramic Tiles?
  4. Popular Areas To Paint Ceramic Tiles
  5. Best Paint For Ceramic Tiles
  6. How To Paint Ceramic Tiles
  7. Find A Pro

Painting Ceramic Tile Cost

The cost to paint ceramic tiles depends on a number of factors, including whether you hire a professional to carry out the work, the size of the tiled area you intend to paint and the type of paint you use. The cost to hire an interior decorator to paint 120 square feet of tiled area (including the cost of the materials) ranges from $474 to $1,239, an average cost per square foot of around $4 to $10.

The lion's share of the cost when painting ceramic tiles goes towards the labor. Even a small painting job takes a considerable amount of time, as it's essential to wait for each coat of primer or paint to fully dry before beginning the next coat. Even a relatively small project may take several days, and the labor costs quickly add up. If you decide to tackle the project yourself, then you save anywhere from $357 to $1,053 on labor. Your only expenses are your time and effort, plus the cost of materials and any tools you require.

Material Costs Of Painting Ceramic Tiles

Material Costs Of Painting Ceramic Tiles

Painting ceramic tiles involves a large selection of tools and materials, including:

  • Protective gloves and a mask
  • Masking tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brushes
  • Microfiber paint roller
  • Roller tray
  • Buckets
  • Protective sheets and cloths
  • Tile cleaner
  • Tile primer
  • Tile paint
  • Grout pen

The cost of purchasing all the primer, paint, masking tape, and cleanup supplies necessary to paint an area measuring 120 square feet varies based on quality and brand, but could cost from $117 to $186.

Why Paint Ceramic Tiles?

Tiles are low maintenance and last for years, but if you want to revive the room by changing your color scheme or changing an existing pattern, then replacing the tiles is costly and time-consuming. Replacing the tiles involves breaking the old tiles off the wall and then repairing damage to the drywall before fitting new tiles. Tiling a wall or floor requires skill and patience, not to mention specialty tools such as tile cutters.

Repainting ceramic tiles is a quick and cost-effective way to avoid the mess and expense of replacing tiles. It involves less disruption to your home, and is much safer than handling broken ceramic pieces, making it more suitable as a DIY project.

Popular Areas To Paint Ceramic Tiles

It's possible to paint almost all ceramic tiles successfully, but refinishing tiles is not suitable for surfaces regularly submerged in water, such as the tiles on the floor of a wet room or tiles lining a tub or shower. Also, be aware that a painted finish may not last for long in high-moisture areas such as a bathroom. Painting tiled walls and countertops in mudrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms are common choices for homeowners looking to update their traditional decor with a limited budget.

Best Paint For Ceramic Tiles

Best Paint For Ceramic Tiles

For best results, cover the tiles with a primer before applying several thin coats of paint. For the primer, use a durable epoxy or urethane bonding primer that resists mold and mildew. For the paint, choose a semi-gloss or high-gloss latex-based product for ease of use, or opt for an oil-based paint for an even more durable finish.

When painting interiors, you must consider what kind of statement you want the room to make. Neutral colors keep a bathroom feeling crisp and clean, but a splash of vibrant color transforms a kitchen backsplash into a focal point for the room.

How To Paint Ceramic Tiles

Painting your own ceramic tiles is a challenging but rewarding DIY project that has the potential to revitalize your tiled walls. Homeowners wanting to try their hand at refreshing the look of their tiles can follow these steps:

  1. Work out paint quantity. Multiply the wall's length by height, to get the measurement in square feet. Estimated coverage for primer is 200 square feet per gallon; estimated coverage for paint is 350 square feet per gallon.
  2. Mask off walls and faucets with tape where necessary. Cover furniture and fixtures with sheets.
  3. If you have any cracked grout, repair the cracks. Use tile caulk around basins and tubs.
  4. Clean all of the tiles with a tile cleaning product, and then lightly sand with 240 grit sandpaper.
  5. When the tiles are completely dry, paint them with tile primer using a roller to get an even coating and a brush for the edges and difficult areas. When using the roller, apply paint in a zigzag pattern, and then roll over it from top to bottom.
  6. When the primer is dry, lightly sand it with 240 grit sandpaper, and then clean up the paint dust. Remember to wear a protective mask to avoid inhaling the primer particles.
  7. Apply the first coat of tile paint in the same manner as with the primer.
  8. Leave the paint to dry thoroughly, and then lightly sand with 600 grit sandpaper.
  9. Apply the second coat of tile paint.
  10. Paint all of the grout lines with a grout pen.
  11. The paint is completely dry in approximately eight hours, and fully cured in a week. Until then you must avoid harsh cleaning.

To see the whole process, please watch the video below:

Find A Pro

Painting ceramic tiles is a rewarding DIY project, but it's also very time consuming, and it's not always easy to get a good result. It requires care and patience to get a smooth, durable finish, and if you don't have all the brushes and painting supplies, it becomes quite expense to attempt the work yourself. In many cases, the job is much quicker, and far less disruptive to your home life, if you hire a pro. Use our free lead generator to connect with local painters.

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Last updated on Nov 8, 2018

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