How to: Paint Tiles

Do you hate the tiles in your kitchen. Painting tiles can be a great way to give your room a new lift. Once you use the correct primer, you can use any paint you wish as your top coat. For areas that will be exposed to alot of water, we recommend oil based paints They take longer to dry but are harder wearing than water based paints.

What you will need

  • Johnstone's Any Surface Primer
  • Oil based paints are more hard-wearing but you could also use Kitchen & Bathroom or Washable Paint
  • Grout Cleaner
  • Clean Cloths
  • Scrubber Pad
  • High Quality Brushes
  • Roller Tray and Mini Roller
  • Masking Tape
  • Dust Sheets & Paper
  • Dust Mask


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  • 1 Thoroughly clean and de-grease the tiles that are to be painted.
  • 2 It is important to remove any dirt from the grout. A grout cleaner may be necessary for this.
  • 3 Outline the edges of any areas that are not to be painted, for example window panes and sockets, with masking tape.
  • 4 Protect any nearby areas and floors with dust sheets to prevent any staining from potential spillages.
  • 5 First apply one even coat of Johnstone’s Any Surface Primer.
  • 6 Using a paint brush, start by painting the edges and around the masked areas.
  • 7 For the larger surface areas use a mini roller.
  • 8 Leave to dry for as long as the instructions on the can indicate.
  • 9 Once dry, apply one coat of preferred coloured paint and allow to dry thoroughly.
  • 10 Apply additional coats as required.
  • 11 Once painting has been completed, leave to fully dry.
  • 12 Carefully remove masking tape and dust sheets.