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Painting Tile Floor (Tutorial) – Paper and Stitch


Painting a tile floor is easier than you might think. And very budget friendly.

Spa-inspired bathroom with green cabinetry and white-washed river rock floors

I’ve painted on floors before, but painting on the rocky floor of a river like our bathroom felt like a whole different animal. To try something new, I used a different paint than last time. And this time there was also a completely different process for painting.

In the end, the painted floors turned out better than expected. Especially after this hack when I was working on the project I came across it.

Want to see before-and-after photos, budget details, and tutorials? Click for all details.

Before and after bathroom renovation side by side with white painted floors

painting floor tile before and after

Before we begin, here’s a before and after of painting floor tile like mine. The difference is huge, especially in terms of price.

This whole project cost me less than $100 and completely revamped the place until we got ready for a full renovation with new tile etc.

cancellation of fixed capital

I already had paint brushes, rags, and crude cutters. So all I had to do was buy the paint coating and sealant (both come in the kit). so my total cost was $70.

But even if you had to buy every item I listed in my supplies/materials list, it would still cost less than $100. Here’s the breakdown…

  1. Crude Kutter… $10
  2. Rustoleum Floor Coating and Sealant (Kit)… $70
  3. Paint Brush…$7
  4. rags/old t-shirts…free

Total: $87

Now that you know the price, what do you think about the change? And would you try it in your home?

Painting the rocky river bed with a paint brush and wiping off excess paint with a cloth

supplies needed for floor painting

  • crude cutter – Any cleaner and degreaser will work, but I like this one because it’s all in one.
  • Rustoleum Home Floor Coating Kit – I added exactly what I used (and the color too, it’s Matte Ultra White). This kit also comes in other colors and another finish (gloss). here are all Other Floor Paint Optionsoutside white.
  • Paint Brush – Any 2 inch paint brush (or larger) will work. The bigger the brush, the less time it will take to complete.
  • Rags or old t-shirts – these will be ruined as they will absorb excess paint. So only use what you don’t mind throwing away after the project is done.

painting tile floors (and river rock)

1. Cleaning and greasing the floor.

I started by scrubbing the floor thoroughly and then using a degreaser. I love crude cutter,

It’s clean and smooth at the same time, so your paint will have a solid base ready for the paint to adhere to.

2. Painting the floor with a brush.

Next, is painting. I used the ‘Two Step System’ for this and I highly recommend it. Basically, you will need a base coat floor paint and a top coat.

It takes the guesswork out of knowing what top coat to use and all that. So I like that aspect of it. Makes things easy.

So first, I applied the base coat with a brush. I mostly worked 1-2 feet at a time before stopping at brushing and switching to cloth.

But in the end, I worked on bigger areas like 3-4 feet at a time and that worked too. The longer you let the paint sit before dabbing it with a cloth, the less paint will come off.

3. Removing excess paint from the cloth.

While the paint was still wet, I went back with a cloth and patted the surface gently to lift some of the paint off. and remove any brushstrokes.

Doing this part with the fabric really helped me get more depth of color in the floor and brought out some of the original rock colors.

I think this part of the process was the key (at least for me) to making the floor feel more alive and less sterile.

4. Repeat.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the entire floor is covered. Wait for the floor to dry according to the directions on the paint you’re using.

5. Add top coat.

Once the floor is dry enough to apply the top coat (as per the directions on the packaging), use a roller or brush to paint the top coat over the base coat layer.

If you are using Rust-Oleum home floor coating like me, it calls for applying the top coat six hours after applying the base coat. And it also recommends two coats.

Wait until the floor is completely dry before walking on it, according to the directions on the can.

White River Rock bathroom floor with green cabinetry and plants

Is the paint you recommend specifically for tile?

The paint I used is specifically recommended for many types of floors.

Packaging wise, Rustoleum floor coating can be used on tile, concrete, vinyl, wood, linoleum, laminate and more.

Do painted floors require any special grout paint?

No special grout paint is required. You can also use Rustoleum floor coating for tile (or river rock in this case) and grout.

It adheres well to both.

Painted white river rock floor in bathroom with plants, a wooden stool and neutral, creamy towel

Neutral spa-like bathroom with creamy white and light green cabinetry

Painting Tile Floors (Tutorial)

I’ve painted on floors before, but painting on the rocky floor of a river like our bathroom felt like a whole different animal. To try something new, I used a different paint than last time. And this time there was also a completely different process for painting. In the end, the painted floors turned out better than expected. Especially after this hack when I was working on the project I came across it.

Author: Britney

Cost: $88

  • Crud Kutter – Any cleaner and degreaser will work But I like it because it is all in one.
  • Rustoleum Home Floor Coating Kit – I linked the one I used And the color too, it’s matte ultra white. This kit also comes in other colors and another finish (gloss). Here are all the floor paint options other than white.
  • Paint brush – any 2 inch paint brush Or will do a great job. The bigger the brush, the less time it will take to complete.
  • Rags or old t-shirts – these will be ruined as they will absorb excess paint. So only use what you don’t mind throwing away after the project is done.

Cleaning and greasing the floor.

  • I started by scrubbing the floor thoroughly and then using a degreaser. I like crude cutter. — It cleans and smooths at the same time, so your paint will have a solid base, ready to stick to.

Brushing the floor.

  • Next, is painting. I used the ‘Two Step System’ for this and I highly recommend it. Basically, you will need a base coat floor paint and a top coat. It takes the guesswork out of knowing what top coat to use and all that. So I like that aspect of it. Makes things easy.

  • So first, I applied the base coat with a brush. I mostly worked 1-2 feet at a time before stopping at brushing and switching to cloth. But in the end, I worked on bigger areas like 3-4 feet at a time and that worked too. The longer you let the paint sit before dabbing it with a cloth, the less paint will come off.

Removing excess paint from fabric.

  • While the paint was still wet, I went back with a cloth and patted the surface gently to lift some of the paint off. and remove any brushstrokes. Doing this part with the fabric really helped me get more depth of color in the floor and brought out some of the original rock colors. I think this part of the process was the key (at least for me) to making the floor feel more alive and less sterile.

Add top coat.

  • Once the floor is dry enough to apply the top coat (as per the directions on the packaging), use a roller or brush to paint the top coat over the base coat layer. If you are using Rust-Oleum home floor coating like me, it says to apply the top coat six hours after applying the base coat. And it also recommends two coats.

  • Wait until the floor is completely dry before walking on it, according to the directions on the can.

More DIYs to Try

If you like my bathroom makeover and want to learn more about it, including full budget details and sources, go here to check it out: Small Bathroom Ideas on a Budget.

And one more: DIY tile floor with painted floor tiles.



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