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Pineau Thu 12-Jan-17 16:02:25

Has anyone painted over tiles with the specialist tile paint? Did they look good or crap?

Testificateman Thu 12-Jan-17 17:24:40

Don't do it. Crap isn't the right word to describe it.

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PurpleDaisies Thu 12-Jan-17 17:25:52

I agree, they look terrible and chip really easily.

wowfudge Thu 12-Jan-17 18:01:21

Friends did it using spray paint and it worked a treat. You couldn't really tell. If there are brush marks or the grout is painted over, that's when it doesn't look right.

Idefix Thu 12-Jan-17 18:33:32

Don't do it! It looked good for a while and then started to peel and chip off.

coolpatterngirl Thu 12-Jan-17 19:44:28

Did it in our kitchen, it's really thick and sticky paint and shows every brush mark. When we painted more heavily it dried with drop marks. If I were to redo the kitchen I'd try normal paint but I presume you're thinking of a bathroom?

Pineau Thu 12-Jan-17 22:17:32

Thanks everyone, it's a house we are moving into and the units are dark brown with brown/beige tiles so need to tart it up.
Here's some photos. As you see it's all rather brown.

PurpleDaisies Thu 12-Jan-17 22:19:31

Lovely! Is it rented or yours? I'd live with it and save up to do it properly if it's yours. Our kitchen is similar but with random fruit tiles. They aren't even flat so we can't paint over them.

Pineau Thu 12-Jan-17 22:45:08

Purple daisies it's ours, not rented. We are about to move in very soon.

PurpleDaisies Thu 12-Jan-17 22:48:46

Very exciting. It looks like a decent size kitchen even if it is a bit brown.

getmeachairwitharms Thu 12-Jan-17 22:54:07

I did it and it's come out ok. I used white. Loads and loads of prep- cleaning & degreasing. I then used a small gloss roller and did a couple or 3 of thin coats. There are no chips after over a year. It's an ok interim fix before we get a new kitchen.

getmeachairwitharms Thu 12-Jan-17 22:54:44

Oh, I forgot I used a primer too!

flownthecoopkiwi Thu 12-Jan-17 23:26:34

Paint the cabinets instead

Earlgreywithmilk Thu 12-Jan-17 23:28:36

Yes, priming is key with this! And a good tile paint. I painted the tiles in our holiday home white a couple of years ago (they were olive green) - and they look so much better. Haven't chipped or anything either.

Earlgreywithmilk Thu 12-Jan-17 23:29:59

Agree paint the cabinets too, get a quote for a specialist kitchen spraying company - they do this a lot in America. it would be a crime to get rid of a nice solid wood kitchen like that.

llangennith Thu 12-Jan-17 23:35:06

Paint the kitchen units (lot of good preparation before actually painting) and maybe the tiles won't look too bad. But don't paint the tiles! If they still look crap it shouldn't be too expensive to get them tiled over.

Ruhrpott Thu 12-Jan-17 23:41:09

I would knock the tiles off and re-tile. That's what I did. Tiling is fairly easy, just watch some you tube on how to do it and buy a decent tile cutter.

Ruhrpott Thu 12-Jan-17 23:44:28

Though I've just seen you have tiled work surfaces too. Maybe a new work top would brighten it up a lot.

engineersthumb Thu 12-Jan-17 23:47:06

I'd re-tile if I couldn't live with it but to be honest it looks OK if a bit dated. Painted cabinets always look at awful in my opinion, a bit "changing rooms"!

Ruhrpott Thu 12-Jan-17 23:58:00

Here's a couple more photos before, after and during the retiling. Our kitchen is very similar to yours.

PurpleDaisies Fri 13-Jan-17 00:00:05

Love the cat. smile

Ruhrpott Fri 13-Jan-17 00:04:21

She likes joining in everything. I hated the kitchen before but can live with it now for another two or three years till we can afford to change the kitchen.

Pineau Fri 13-Jan-17 07:57:15

I did think of repainting cabinets but then we are still left with the tiles, and there's a lot of them plus the work tops are tiled.
I think it's a case of chipping them off and retiling and new worktops?

GinAndOnIt Fri 13-Jan-17 08:15:28

We painted our tiles. When we moved in a year ago, they were dark brown, and had been painted black and then red (?!?) so when I tried to strip the old paint it took forever. We couldn't (and still can't) afford to retile, so we really just needed a quick fix to lighten it up. It's worked really well, I'm really glad we did it. Granted, new tiles would look a lot better, but that wasn't an option. I'll see if I can find some photos.

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