DIY: Painting tiles – How to freshen up your home

Christmas is fast approaching and it’s the time of the year when many people are looking at their homes and thinking about a quick fix to spruce it up ready for filling the house with friends and family over the festive period.

THinking about painting tiles?

If you want to refresh your kitchen or bathroom, but re-tiling seems too expensive or time consuming, painting tiles can be an easy and cost effective solution. If done correctly, it can produce some impressively stylish transformations – here’s a guide guide to show you how.


The majority of tiles can be painted, however there are some which cannot. For example, it’s not recommended to paint tiles which will be exposed to running water on a regular basis. The high levels of moisture in showers or directly above baths means these aren’t the best environments for repainted tiles. However, if you’re simply trying to refresh an old splash-back on your wall, then painting tiles is the perfect solution.

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Before you put a paint brush anywhere near your tiles, they need to be squeaky clean. A bit of elbow grease may be required to deep clean and de-grout tiles, because paints adhere better to surfaces which are spotlessly clean. Slightly abraded surfaces are also ideal for painting, so go over the tiles lightly with sandpaper before you start.


Using the right primer, such as Johnstone’s “Any Surface Primer”, is key when it comes to the success of your paintwork. It’s quick drying, it sticks to even the trickiest of surfaces to create a base for both gloss and satin finishes.


Here’s the fun bit – painting tiles in the stylish colour of your choice. Johnstone’s kitchen and bathroom paint comes in a range of shades, from pastels to bolds, which will completely transform the space.

Top tip: use masking tape to protect the surfaces next to your tiles – or the newly painted tiles themselves if you decide to re-grout.

Or if you’re looking to spruce everything up quickly with minimal fuss, you could look into getting a new acrylic splashback.

Have you ever painted tiles? How did it work out for you?