02 August 2009

Tile Paint

I will upload the photographs from before and after, but painting the kitchen tiles in white gloss tile paint was definitely a stroke of genius. A friend a few years back had mentioned painting tiles rather than replacing them which was the first I had heard of doing it. When I was thinking about tarting up the house ready for sale, I knew I had to do something about the tiles in the kitchen as they looked old. tired and dull.

One tin costs 19 pounds, but covers 6 square metres, and I opted for a one coat rather than paint primer then topcoat which was slightly more expensive paint but took less time to do the job.

The only problem I had with the paint was the smell, not unpleasant but you do want to work in a well ventilated space if you suffer from asthma or other chest complaints. I admit to doing the kitchen in three parts as I limited my exposure to the paint and also meant I could finish other jobs as well.

I am actually beginning to like the DIY aspects of this tarting up process and hope that I will get a chance to utlise my skills no matter where I end up as I have enjoyed the challenge of doing things that before were Dad's domain though I think my gloss work on the doors meet anything he had done before.

4 comments:

Dark Side said...

It's very rewarding when you see the results isn't it, might take the gloss on tiles for myself when I do the kitchen, seeing as the decorator and Mum have a bet going that that will be the next room I do..xx

Joanne said...

My sister in law painted her bathroom tiles a few years ago, and used a contrasting colour for the grout paint pens (yes there is such a tghing honest) and it looked fantastic. It's great to cross another job off the list isn't it - you'll be down here before you know it x

Kippers Dickie said...

B&Q said it almost sold out of barbecues by the end of June, but that customers had "retreated indoors" during July, prompting a 19 per cent increase in sales of paint and wallpaper. (Wise Herb maybe?)

Found on my blog this morning.

Alison said...

Sounds good... I am in the process of preparing the house for the decorator here... am doing much of the preparation myself, wallpaper removing, plastering, tile removing and lots of paint stripping, we're talking about 6 layers of paint off the pipes!!! I figured I would do it myself to keep the budget low and then the decorator could do the papering and painting for me! :)