How to tile paint


Tile paint is an easy and cost-effective way to freshen up a tired bathroom or kitchen splashback, without spending big. To ensure a professional finish, follow the simple steps in this video and you’ll be rewarded with a flawless finish, using White Knight Tile Paint and Primer.

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[00:00:00] Hi I’m Cherie Barber from Renovating For Profit and in this video I’m going to teach you how to tile paint properly.

Now there’s hundreds of thousands of old bathrooms right across the globe that are structurally in great condition but cosmetically tired and a big part of those bathroom problems is the old floor and wall tiles. So, the good news is that you don’t have to rip your tiles out. A lot of you are going to be dealing with these sorts of tiles; feature tiles that were very prevalent about 20 to 30 years ago. We had our fair share of terracotta which looked great thirty years ago, but it doesn’t look so great today. A few licks of paint you can make those old tiles look new again. Before you apply any tile paint, what I recommend is that you fill any divots, any little cracks in your grout, with new grout or poly filler. You can see here’s a little bit missing. Just press those in, and wait for that to dry before you apply any tile paint. Looking good. Next step is surface cleaning, so we need to give our tiles in our old bathroom a super good scrub.

[00:01:02] I can’t stress enough how important good surface preparation is.

[00:01:07] Next step is to sand your tiles. So grab your sander – and sand away.

[00:01:23] Now just clean it again. I have to make sure that all that dust from sanding is completely cleaned off the tiles. Tiles have to be squeaky clean -beautiful! Once your tiles are completely dry, you’re ready for your prime in your undercoat. And what I recommend is that you start with the brush in your hand, and do your grout lines first. So quickly just skim down your grout lines. You can see I’m moving fairly fast. And we don’t want any brush marks.

[00:01:50] Now in comes your roller – do it in a zig-zag motion. Get lots of coverage. It’s almost like you’re feathering with the roller.

[00:02:04] Now my paint primer is dry, I need to sand it again with that 240 grit wet and dry sandpaper. And that’s just to make sure there’s no lint whatsoever in between coats. It’s just a quick sand.

[00:02:17] You can literally do your whole bathroom in about 30 minutes, if not less. It’s definitely not extensive sanding in between coats. Wipe it over to make sure all your surfaces are completely clean. Now we’re ready to tile paint.

[00:02:31] Most people don’t realise that you can tint tile paint to literally any paint colour you like. Coat your roller, but don’t put a lot of paint on it. Make sure you tap the end so any excess comes off. Ok start with your grout lines first, follow through with your mini foam roller, do a zig-zag pattern just to get good coverage and good adhesion on your tiles.

[00:02:56] Now I’m going to follow through in one direction from top to bottom. Don’t press too hard on the roller; if you press too hard you’ll get paint marks and that will show up under your final coat. So just a nice, soft approach.

[00:03:16] It looks pretty professional even with just with one coat.

[00:03:22] I’ve waited six hours for my first coat of tile paint to dry.

[00:03:27] So all you do is you simply repeat the process. You  give it a very light sand again – not heavy handed, very light. Wipe it down with a clean cloth so it’s super clean. Final cut – I’m pretty excited.

[00:03:44] And all you do is you simply repeat the process.

[00:03:47] Grab your paint brush, put some paint on your roller, and away you go. Remember to roll out those paint brush marks. I’m getting good coverage here. The devil is in the detail. So I’m almost finished on my final coat. The manufacturers say allow six hours to dry. I always leave it overnight. I come in the next day, and it’s fine to use your bathroom, although the tile paint does take one week to fully cure. So in that first week be super careful with hard knocks because they will damage your tile paint. So there you go. That’s the finished product. You can say it looks great. The good news is tile paint is super cheap. It’s within the skill level of literally every homeowner and it’s a product that you’re going to consistently use if you’re a renovator on a budget. Get in there. Try it. All the best with your projects.


Last updated: 12th April 2019

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  1. Hello Cherie, i have a lovely 1970 model house in Jacobs Well Qld, im going to be renovating two bathrooms Shortly, just in case you wanted to feature on your show or offer any tips.Donna Doleman

  2. Hi Cherie,
    I have tiles that have raised profiles as part of the design. Like an embossing, if you will. How would I go about sanding them? Also do you need to put a finish on after the final coat? And could you use tile paint on the floor at all? Or in wet areas, like the shower floor?

    1. Hi Leilani,

      You cant sand embossed tiles. People tile paint over them so the embossed print becomes less noticeable. I recommend you use White Knight Tile & Laminate Primer (the undercoat) then 2 coats of White Knight Tile Paint straight over the top of the primer. See my step by step instructions here: In terms of the tile paint, you can’t use the Taubmans brand on your floors as it will delaminate. There are other companies out there that sell floor tile paint but you’ll really need to do your homework on the product to make sure it will last the wear and tear you get on floors with foot traffic. Happy painting! C x

    1. Hi Patty,

      Its ok to still have the shine on the tiles if you are tile painting. Just make sure you’re using White Knight Tile & Laminate Primer as the undercoat before applying your 2 to 3 coats of tile paint. C x

    1. Hi Fiona, You can resurface your old bathroom or laundry tiled floors by 2 ways: Professional tile resurfacing or with specialist floor tile paints. You can call in professional tile resurfacers who will typically charge approx $200 to $300 per square metre and will warrant your floors for anywhere between 2 to 5 years (depending on the company). Alternatively, you can DIY floor tile paint. There are a couple of floor tile painting kits in the paint section at Bunnings which you may want to check out but don’t expect any floor tile paints to last the distance – a couple of years at best. Keep in mind, you cant use normal tile paint on your floors, its only for your walls. Happy painting! C x

      1. Yes I have used Taubmans Cookie Jar many times before and its a great colour. Thank you Samantha. C x

  3. Hi – the tile paint on the wall tiles looks fantastic. Have you tried tile paint on floor tiles? Thanks – fiona.

    1. Hi Fiona, I’m not a fan of tile paint on floors. It just doesn’t last, even if you go DIY paints or the professional resurfacing option. Its a good option if you’re only after a temporary fix for a year or 2. C x

    1. Hi Brittany, tile paint is designed for bathrooms. Please follow my step by step guide on how to tile paint which you’ll find under Ebooks on my website. Good surface preparation is key when using this product. C x

    2. Hi Brittany – tile paint is designed for bathrooms so as long as you follow the product instructions, you’ll be fine. Make sure you download my free Tiling Paint Ebook to help guide you. You’ll find it on my website under Ebooks. Good luck! C x

  4. Hi Cherie, are there any Tile paint products that can be used on a kitchen splashback- that has a gas Stove top?
    Thank you

    1. I always use White Knight tile paint but I know you need to have certain clearances away from your gas cook top so the heat doesn’t delaminate your paint. Best to call them on 13 16 86 to discuss your situation. C x

  5. Hi Cherie,

    What would be the best way to repair cracks and holes on the tile before you apply the paint? What fillers specifically would you recommend?
    Also, I can no longer find White Knight tile primer anywhere for some reason so is there any other alternate paint you would recommend for tile painting?

    1. Hi Joon – White Knight Tile paint is still in all of the hardware stores so definately pop back into any Bunnings store and you’ll be sure to find it. Cracked tiles and holes are definately an issue for potential water damage. You can fill them with silicone or a putty that is water resistant but you really should look at replacing those tiles. Hope this helps. C x

      1. Thanks Cherie! I can only see white knight tile paint being available in Bunnings website but primer is no longer available. I will pop back into Bunnings tomorrow but in case this is no longer available, can I skip this primer step or is there any other branded primer you could recommend? Also, what are your thoughts on the Dulux Renovation tile paints?

      2. Actually, ignore me. I just searched it on Bunnings website and now it’s available. When I checked it last night, it wasn’t even searchable.
        Oh, by the way, you mentioned that we should use both 240 grit and 600 grit sand papers. Do we really need to use both?

        Thanks for your help!

  6. Hi Cherie, I may have missed in commentary, I’m looking for a smooth high gloss finish. Would an airless spray gun be better than roller?

    1. Hi Ian, you can’t use a spray gun for tile paint as its too thick & will clog your gun. Cherie uses the Monarch microfibre rollers which give you a flawless finish if you apply the product correctly. Cherie Crew x

  7. Cherie

    Can you tell me what silicon/sealant you use? I have read that silicon goes yellow if applied to painted tiles using White Knight paint. I am putting in a new shower screen so the installer will be sealing the frame and I want to check which product works best on painted tiles.


    1. Hi Megan, I am not an expert in silicon however I think that Bostik may make a silicone that specifically never yellows. Best thing to do would be to go to your local Bunnings store & speak with a team member in the paint section & get them to clarify this for you. Tile paint won’t stick to silicone so you need to tile paint first, then silicone the edges. Cherie Crew x

  8. Hello Cherie

    Your tIle paint video was great , Wondering if there is anything similar to spruce up the tired floor tiles ?


    1. Hi Ron, glad you loved the video. Cherie has used White Knight Primer & Tile Paint for the tiles which can be found at any Bunnings store. Cherie Crew x

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