Moving house is one thing, but suddenly having an entire house to decorate and furnish is quite an overwhelming task. Its easy to get caught up in everything and not know what to start with, especially if you are strapped for cash. My Dad suggested concentrating on one room at a time so that is what Sam and I have decided to do. Our first room to update is the kitchen. Now, as much as I’d like to rip out the kitchen and start again from scratch its just not an affordable option for us at the moment. We decided for giving the kitchen a more modern feel using a fresh coat of paint because neither of us can stand the yellow. First task, painting the tiles using tile paint.
The kitchen tiles were a particular sticking point for both of us. We were not keen on the colours at all. Despite being yellow they just felt very old, dated and dull. The grout by the hob was filthy and even scrubbing it for an hour with a tooth brush and bleach made little difference to the stains.
I was in B&Q with my Dad when I saw V33’s white satin tile paint. I quickly read the back and it seemed easy enough to do. They had some sample tiles in the shop so I could see what the finish would be like. It seemed a good place to start in our kitchen as Sam and I both hated the mustard yellow tiles.
Stage 1: Prep the Tiles
All you need to do to prep your tiles before painting is clean them and remove any oily dust and debris. The paint will not stick to oily surfaces. After this we took care to cover the worktop and any patches that we didn’t want to cover in paint with newspaper and masking tape. We have a lot of awkward corners in our kitchen so I ended up cutting masking tape with scissors to get into the corners.
Stage 2: Prep the Tile Paint
This paint comes with a clear liquid sachet (bonding chemical) that you need to add to the paint before you use it. You then need to make sure its mixed in thoroughly by using a wide stick. After that its just making sure you have all your paint brushes and rollers ready.
Stage 3: Painting the First Coat
I used a small flat paintbrush to cut in the corners and edges of the tiles. The instructions say to use vertical strokes and that is what I tried to stick to. I did end up doing horizontal strokes around the sides and edges of the plug sockets.
Sam used a small roller to paint a coat of tile paint over the tiles and he got as close to the edges as he could. We did find that you get a few lines with the roller but gently going over these removed them and created a nice flat finish. The aim was to get an even coat of paint to make a good base for the second layer.
Stage 3: Painting the Second Coat
We needed a second and in some places a third coat on our tiles. The paler tiles were pretty much covered straight away but the mustard yellow ones were still showing through. The second coat creates a nice even surface and we took extra care this time to make sure that there were no drips or lines.
The paint is touch dry after 4 hours but needs a full 24-48 hours to dry properly. The advice on the back is to not push anything up against the tiles during this period. We put most of our kitchen stuff back but took care to make sure it wasn’t pushed up against the tiles.
An important note is that the paint only lasts approximately 10 days after you have put the bonding chemical in. So you need to make sure you are able to paint your second coat within that time frame.
In all honesty I can’t believe the difference just painting the tiles white has made to our kitchen. Its so much brighter and nicer to work in. The finish is lovely – its a little textured rather than smooth and glossy like they were before. You paint straight over the grout too so it feels nice and fresh all round. We have a couple of drip marks but these aren’t very noticeable unless you are examining it up close.
I’m looking forward to painting the cupboards using the same brand paint. We’ve chosen grey for the bottom cupboards and white for the top ones. After thats done the plan is to paint the walls a nice light grey instead of that awful magnolia colour. I can’t do anything about the worktop for now so thats going to stay as it is.
Have you rennovated using tile paint before? What was your experience?