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DIY - Header - How to paint floor tiles


Floor tiles looking a bit tired? Forget the expense of totally re-tiling your bathroom – just give it a paint instead! Follow these easy steps from Bunnings.


1Clean 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 wear your respirator – mould killer is noxious – and clean your bathroom floor with water afterwards.

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2Sand your tiles

Once your floor is squeaky clean, grab a block and some wet-and-dry 400-grit sandpaper and give your surface a good roughing up – this will help your primer and paint adhere to the surface. 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 Renovation 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' along the grout lines, while the foam roller can be used to apply an all-over covering. Make sure you've got good ventilation while you're painting – open some windows and doors or use your bathroom exhaust fan.

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4Mask up

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

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5 Paint your tiles

As with your primer, add the additive to the tin and stir for 2–5 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 all the regular Dulux colours, 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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6Admire 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!

Health & Safety

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.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.