How To Paint Over Tile

Tile is a nice addition in just about any part of the home, but you may not like the tile any longer. Removing the tile can be a lengthy process and can be a lot of work. If you have tile in your home that isn't your style any longer, you can paint over it to make it more your style and more up-to-date. Read on for instructions on how to paint over tile in your home.

What You'll Need:

  • Tile paint or epoxy paint
  • Roller
  • Paintbrush
  • Fine grit sanding block
  • Painter's tape
  • Primer 


  1. To start, you'll need to prep your tile. This means you need to clean it thoroughly to remove any mold or mildew, or dirt on your tile. You don't want any stains at all soaking through your new paint job, so clean it as thoroughly as you possibly can. Use a strong cleaner such as TSP and be sure to rinse it thoroughly so no more of the TSP remains.
  2. Once clean, you should use a sanding block to sand down the tile to remove some of the shine and to allow the primer and paint to bond properly to the tile. If your tile is not prepped properly, it could cause your paint to bubble or peel easily. Use a fine-grit sanding block to prevent any marks on the tile that may show through the paint. Fine-grit will take away the shine and leave it smooth.
  3. After you have cleaned and sanded your tile, you need to apply a primer to your tile. The primer helps the paint adhere properly to the tile without peeling. Apply the primer as you would any other type of paint. Use painter's tape around the edges where you don't want to get primer or paint on other surfaces.
  4. When your primer has dried thoroughly, you can apply the paint to your tile. You need to use the right type of paint that will adhere to the tile, such as epoxy tile paint or paint made for tile. Other types of paint may not adhere properly, or may not be able to hold up to the area in which you have tile. Allow the paint to dry, then apply a second coat if necessary.

If you have tile that is outdated, you can paint over it to give it new life. Hire a professional painter to help you get this done in your home.