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Create a whole new look with tile paint

Image showing tile paint used in the kitchen of @the_woodend_stylist

Create a whole new look with tile paint

Inherited some tiles you hate but don’t have the budget to replace them? Why not paint over them with specialist tile paint? This offers a durable, waterproof and mould-resistant finish and often doesn’t need a primer (but always check the manufacturer’s instructions). Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Check the grout

Thoroughly clean the grout joints with grout cleaner and dry them, ideally with a lint-free cloth. If the grout is in poor condition, re-grout before painting.

Image showing tile paint in the kitchen of @an_irish_homelife

Check out @an_irish_homelife to see what Kate’s kitchen looked like before she transformed the tiles with a lick of tile paint from B&Q. Kate also painted her units in Johnstone’s paint (mixed to match Wimbourne White by Farrow & Ball), and updated the door handles to create a sleek space that won’t date.

Step 2: Clean your tiles

Remove dust, dirt and grease by cleaning your tiles thoroughly using sugar soap. Also clean with a mould spray if necessary. Allow the tiles plenty of time to dry.

Image of tile paint used in the bathroom of @paigecavil

Paige Cavill’s budget bathroom makeover included a fresh look for her drab wall tiles thanks to a lick of tile paint from Ronseal. Design note: a white backdrop like this one provides the perfect timeless base from which to build. Paige took the opportunity to layer in dashes of colour and pattern.

Step 3: Get painting

Apply a coat of tile paint and let it dry. If you’re painting over a bold colour or strong pattern, you may need a second coat. Once you’ve finished painting, let the tiles dry according to the time stated on the tin.

Image showing tile paint used in the kitchen of @the_woodend_stylist

Wood and copper add warmth and softness to Jessica’s stylish white scheme (@the_woodend_stylist) which includes tiles she painted herself. Practicality is high on the agenda too, with open shelves making it super-easy for Jessica to grab things while cooking.

Featured image: Jessica of @the_woodend_stylist used tile paint to create a sleek white backsplash.

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