How to paint floor tiles

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How to paint floor tiles

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Floor tiles looking a bit tired? Forget the expense of totally re-tiling your bathroom – just give it a paint instead! Here’s how:

Tools and materials



Cleaning cloths

Drop sheet

Dulux Renovation Tile Paint

Masking tape

Microfibre cloth

Microfibre roller and tray

Mould killer

Paint stirrer


Rubber cleaning gloves

Safety glasses

Sandpaper – 400-grit

Sugar soap

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1. Clean your tiled floor

Before you do anything, wack on some rubber gloves and give your ceramic tiled floor a jolly good clean! Selley’s Sugar Soap wipes are great for this, but if your area is large you may wish to opt for their concentrate, some warm water and a bucket. You’ll also need to give your grout lines a good scrub too – an old toothbrush will do the job beautifully. Spray on some mould killer, leave for two to three minutes, then get stuck in. Remember to wipe your bathroom floor clean with water afterwards and wear your respirator – mould killer is noxious.

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2. Sand your tiles

Once your floor is squeaky clean, grab a block and some heavy-duty 400-grit sandpaper and give your surface a good roughing up – this will help your primer and paint adhere to the surface a lot easier. Once you’ve done this, make sure you wipe the dust away with a microfiber cloth before you begin to prime.

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3. Apply your primer

We’re using the excellent Dulux Renovator range for this job, and we’ve purchased both the paint colour of our choice, and a primer. Applying a primer first is really important as it means your colour will adhere to the surface properly and not chip or mark down the track. Open your tin and grab the additive tube that comes attached. Add it to your primer and stir for 2-5 minutes. Pour out into a paint tray and use a paint brush and roller to apply to your tiles. Your paint brush will be perfect for ‘cutting in’ on the grout lines, while the foam roller can be used to apply an all-over covering.

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4. Mask up

Remember to tape up the edges of your bathroom with painter’s tape – this will mean you won’t accidentally get paint on your walls, toilet or vanity.

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5. Paint your tiles

Like with your primer, add the additive to the tin and stir for two to five minutes. Pour your colour out into another tray and use a paintbrush and roller to apply your first coat of paint. We went with Dulux ‘Teahouse’, but the great thing about this range is that it comes in every normal Dulux colour – so the options are endless! Once you’ve applied two coats, finish off by rolling one last time with a clean, fresh paint roller, so it’s nice and even.

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6. Admire your handiwork!

Leave to dry completely and you’re done! How great does it look? Just like you’ve retiled! The best bit – it cost next to nothing! 

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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

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