I live in a house that was built in the 1940s to 1950s,
and the floor tile in the bathroom is original — black
and pink. Can I successfully paint this tile so that it
is more up-to-date?
Usually, I recommend waiting a while, until a style
comes back, but you seem very eager.
can repaint ceramic tile, but floors are a problem
because you walk on them and can mark up what you have
some advice from Dow’s Paint Quality Institute in
prepare the surface. Treat mildew with a 3:1
water/household bleach mixture, leaving it on for 20
minutes and adding more as it dries. Wear eye and skin
protection. Rinse thoroughly.
dirt by scrubbing with detergent and warm water. Rinse
out and widen any cracks, brush out dust, and seal with
100 percent acrylic or siliconized acrylic caulk. Smooth
caulk flush while it’s still wet. Make a second
application in several hours, if needed.
grouting and repair or re-grout as needed.
the tile, apply a high-adhesion latex stain-blocking
primer recommended for interior use. Allow the primer to
dry overnight before painting.
floors, use an alcohol-based or oil-based stain-blocking
primer recommended for interior use.
not leave a primer unpainted.
you paint the floors, use a latex satin-finish floor
paint that is recommended for interior use on primed
tile, or a semigloss oil-based or polyurethane floor
paint recommended for use on primed tile.
and there. The National Association of Home Builders has
published a guide for members and consumers called
"Home Maintenance Made Easy: What to Do, When to Do
It, When to Call for Help," available at
ebooks.builderbooks.com or www.myhomepress.com for
$19.95 to nonmembers.
finally, a winter-prep tip from Dow Building Solutions:
Be sure to put a screen at the top of your chimney to
keep out rodents and birds. If you haven’t used your
chimney since last winter, make sure to hire a chimney
sweep to remove the soot buildup.