How to Paint Tile Floor in a Bathroom

white painted floor tiles in bathroom

Did you know that you can paint floor tiles?! Well you definitely can and below is a full tutorial on how to paint tile floor in a bathroom!

Here is a look at our old, outdated, dingy bathroom tile floor before I painted it:

Old bathroom tile floor before painting

I want to start off by saying that I think painting bathroom floor tiles is a good temporary, budget-friendly solution for ugly or old floor tile. But, I wouldn’t do it for a long term solution due to the durability factor. We plan on replacing our old tile in the next 6-12 months, so this was a good temporary solution for us and my $100 bathroom makeover challenge I mentioned last week!

One of the first times I remember seeing painted floor tile was for this hallway makeover by Dear Lillie. I remember thinking it looked really good though I didn’t think I would ever need to do it!

So, I ended up painting my bathroom floor tiles and grout with a fresh white paint. Originally, I planned on adding a tile stencil design over the white paint. However, I really liked how just the white paint looked. And I didn’t want to put all the time and effort into stenciling, so I nixed the stencil idea.

If you do choose a light or white paint color, it does show dirt a lot more than a medium color would, so keep that in mind! I used Benjamin Moore White Dove for my paint color.

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How to Paint Tile Floor

Materials Needed:

***Because this bathroom is part of my $100 Makeover Challenge, I used paint I had on hand already which was interior latex paint that I used on my bathroom walls. Adding the water based poly in Step 5 helped to add durability. But, there is actual floor paint that can be used, like Benjamin Moore Floor and Patio paint, which would be even more durable, and I recommend using over regular latex paint.

1. Clean the tile floor

First, you need to prep your tile floor by vacuuming it and then cleaning it with a heavy duty cleaner like TSP. After cleaning the floor, allow it to dry.

2. Tape off floor trim

Use painters tape and tape off the floor trim and anything else bordering the floor like the tub, toilet, vanity, etc.

Painters tape being used to tape off the floor trim and bathtub

3. Prime floor tile

Use a high quality primer and prime your floor. Treat the floor like you would a wall for painting. Start by cutting in the edges along the floor trim, bathtub, toilet, etc with a paint brush. Also, the paint brush works great for priming the grout lines as well!

Priming edge of bathroom floor and tile grout lines

Then, go ahead and prime the rest of the floor tile with a small roller. Allow it to fully dry.

Using primer over tile floor in bathroom

After priming, it’s ok if some of the old floor tile is still showing through.

Bathroom tile floor covered with primer

4. Paint the tile floor

Once the primer has dried, paint your floor tile. Use the same method as above by first cutting in the edges with the paint brush and then rolling the rest. Allow the first coat of paint to fully dry. Then, go ahead and add a second coat of paint.

A small tip during this process is to wear really clean socks or shoes to avoid little fuzzies or dirt on your floor while you paint. You can also keep a sticky lint roller or vacuum with a brush attachment nearby as well to clear away any fuzzies that appear before you begin painting!

painting ceramic tile floor in a bathroom with a paint roller

5. Add water based polyurethane over paint on tile floor

Allow the paint to dry and cure overnight. Then, finish off the project by sealing it with 3-4 coats of a non-yellowing, water based polyurethane in a low sheen. I used this poly in a matte sheen to minimize shine.

Use a foam roller for applying the poly. And you can use a foam brush instead of a paint brush to cut along the edges if you want. I like to keep my paint brushes free of any kind of poly, so foam brushes are a cheap solution to use instead.

Allow the polyurethane to dry for a few hours after the final coat before stepping on it. It takes a few days for the poly to fully cure, so I would try to take it easy on the floor until then.

ceramic floor tile painted white in a bathroom

Also, as far as cleaning the floors, I’d try to use mild soap/cleaners and avoid any harsh chemicals to help maintain the finish.

And that’s it! Enjoy your freshly painted tile floor! I can’t wait to add a cute bath mat on my floor, I think it’s going to look great over my white tile floor!

ceramic floor tile painted white in a bathroom

I must say that I was extremely nervous about this project initially because painting a floor seems kind of weird and just impractical. But, with the poly sealant, the floor has been holding up great so far.

Also, I instantly felt better once the paint covered the dingy old tile! It looked much better immediately! I will try to do a post update in a few months letting you know how our painted tile floor is holding up! And if you want more painting tips for easily updating your bathroom, check out my how to paint a bathroom vanity tutorial!

I’ll be revealing the final $100 bathroom makeover soon so stay tuned! Follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Insta stories for my latest projects, sneak peeks and behind the scenes!

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “How to Paint Tile Floor in a Bathroom

    1. It still looks good! I did have a small spot by the toilet where the paint did chip a little bit. I think I may have missed adding the poly in that spot. I am planning on touching up the spot with a little bit of paint. Before I had bath mats in the bathroom, the white color was showing dirt a lot more than I’d like, but since I’ve added 2 bath mats the dirt is not nearly as noticeable. Overall, I still think it’s a good temporary solution but I don’t think I would do it as a long term solution.

      1. I have heard that you should not paint over tile floors in bathrooms because it will make the tiles slippery when coming out of the shower. Was this the case for you?

        1. This wasn’t the case for me. I used a matte polyurethane as my top coat and it’s not slippery. Also, my original tiles were glossy so painting them actually made them a little less slippery. However, always use your best judgement for your own space though and the paint/sealant your using!

  1. I only have one bathroom and I’m wondering about drying time before actually showering. Is this even an option? Would love your help. Thanks!

    1. Yes it’s still an option! After applying the paint, just make sure that it’s fully dry before stepping on it and be careful. And if you need to shower before adding the poly top coat, again just be careful and put a towel or bath mat down on the floor to avoid water on it. If you do get any water spots or other chips on it after the paint but before the poly, you can just touch them up with a little paint. Also, once the poly step is complete, again let it dry (takes an hour or two) and then be gentle on the floor for the first 1-2 days after application until it fully cures.

    2. I am in the process of painting my kitchen floor in stages. I did a small patch which seems to be holding up but before doing the entire space I wanted to test the durability and discovered, if I try, I can just peel sections of the paint off. I sanded, cleaned with TSP, rinsed the TSP, applied two coats of Primer, two coats of floor paint, and four coats of poly. Any suggestions before I keep going? Is yours still holding up?

      1. It sounds like you are doing everything right! I’m not sure why it would peel up so easily, usually that happens when the surface is dirty or hasn’t been sanded, but you did both of those things! What kind of paint are you using? I would definitely try using the Benjamin Moore floor paint, if you’re not already, which should be more durable for the floor than other paints, and see if that makes a difference. My painted tile did hold up except around the toilet area where there was chipping, but I was able to touch it up.

  2. Thanks so much for your response. I am starting to think it is the paint I bought which is unfortunate considering the cost! I have read a few blogs that also recommend Benjamin Moore so I will check it out. That is great to hear that yours is still holding up. It gives me hope that one day I won’t have to stare at the alternating check pattern of light beige and dark beige. They also threw in a diamond pattern in one spot, just for fun!

    1. You’re welcome! I can totally understand about the cost! Hopefully that will work though so you don’t have to look at that old tile anymore, as lovely as it sounds lol!!!

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