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How to Change Tile Color [2 Effective Methods Explained]

Ceramic tiles can last for centuries if not replaced.

This also means that they can lose touch with the everchanging modern household designs.

Replacing them is very costly and time-consuming.

But ceramic tiles can be colored to fit with current times. 

How to change tile color?

You’ve to paint the tiles to color it. Start off by cleaning and sanding the tiles. Cover the grout lines by taping over them and then, apply primer to prime the tiles. Once primed, you’ll need to apply the tile paint and apply a finishing coat to it.

That’s only a fraction of the information. Lucky for you, I’ve prepared two different methods with enough detail and simplicity for your understanding. Let’s dive in!

How to Change the Color of Ceramic Tiles

Thanks to its growing popularity, the DIY community is always popping out innovative ideas everyday. And with that, people have come out with many creative solutions to problems.

You can jump on the bandwagon and change the look of your old tile. It’s very simple, and you can color the rooms in the house in no time! 

Are you willing to bring back the youth of your old tiles?

I’ve put two of my favorite tile-painting methods below. You should check them out-

Method 1: Painting The Tile

This is the most common method for coloring your ceramic tile. You can paint your tile with very little materials with this method.

The technique is very simple and takes very little effort and time. Tiles painted with this method look great and will last for years to come.

Here’s how you can paint your tiles-

Step 1: Clean The Tiles

The very first step of the coloring process is to clean the tiles. This should be done in order to remove mold and grease from the tile. Spray tile cleaner on the tile and clean it with a mildly abrasive cleaner.

Step 2: Sand the Tiles

Take an orbital sander equipped with 2-grit sandpaper and scuff the tile surface. Remove the shine from the tiles to make it easier to bond primer and paint. Clean off the dust and wipe the surface clean with denatured alcohol.

Step 3: Tape off  Grout Lines

You don’t need to follow this step if you want your grouts to have the same tint.

If you’re looking to have a different grout color, you should mask it with tape. Use thin tapes to only cover the grout surfaces. Also make sure to tape over the border around the tiles.

Step 4: Prime the Tiles

Does the initial preparation look good enough? Great! Now you can prime your tile.

Pick a primer made for ceramic surfaces and prime the painting area. Using a thick paintbrush, brush the primer into the corners. Cover the remaining surface with a paint roller.

Do not use white paint as primer. They are not durable enough to be used as a primer.

Step 5: Paint the Tiles

After the primer is completely dried, it’s time to apply the paint. Use the same roller and the same motion to paint the tiles. Oil-based paints are the ideal paint for this task. You can also go with latex or epoxy paint as well. 

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These paints can stand the test of time even in high traffic areas of the house. They are moisture resistant and won’t peel off easily in the harshest conditions.

It’s better to apply a double coat of paint. This ensures more stability to your paint, ensuring longer lifespan.

Step 6: Apply Finish

Once you’re done painting, let it sit and cure for a couple of days. Lightly clean the dust off the tile and apply a polyurethane clear coat on the tile.

For optimum protection, apply a recommended layer of coats.

And with that, you’ve successfully changed the color of your tiles. This method, although effective, is very limiting. You can only paint your entire tile with one solid color in this method.

You can also try this method for painting your shower tile. Just make sure that your shower doesn’t stay moist for a long time.

Method 2: Painting over Floor Tile Using a Stencil

If you’re looking for an elaborate design on your tiles, this method will help. It is very similar to the previous method. The only difference is that you can get your desired design on your tiles using stencil.

This method begins right after you’re finished painting the tiles. The stencil will be used to make a tasteful design over the actual paint. Keep in mind that this method is mostly used for painting floor tiles. 

With that said, here’s how to do it-

Step 1: Place the Stencil

Tape the stencil to the tile using a tape to get a firm placement. Make sure to do one tile at a time. It might test your patience as it can take a lot of time. 

Step 2: Paint over the Stencil

Take the paint roller and start painting over the stencil. Try to coat the stencil multiple times using little paint. Don’t apply a lot of paint at a time as doing so can ruin the design.

Step 3: Let The Paint Sit

Avoid taking off the stencil once you’re finished painting over it. Let the paint sit and dry for a bit before taking the stencil off.

Just like the previous method, apply finish after letting the paint sit for two days.

And there you have it! 

Your tile is well set to shine in its newfound light! This DIY tile painting method will let you design your floor paint anyway you like it. 

If you ever need to cut tiles attached to your walls, maybe to remove them without breaking them. You can do so with just proper materials and guidance.


Does tile paint peel off?

Answer: Your tile paint can peel off from excessive moisture. The paint will come off more quickly in areas that face high foot traffic. If the paint is not dried properly, it’ll just wash off in contact with water.

Can I remove scratches from tiles?

Answer: Yes, you can remove scratches from tiles by buffing the tile. Simply buff the scratch with a wet sponge after spraying a layer of soda on it. You should continue this operation for a few minutes.

Can you paint over tile grout?

Answer: Yes, using grout paint, you can restore the old color of grout. Or, you can simply add an entirely new tint to your grout. Grout paint is a special kind of paint that’s specifically made for painting grout.


Hope we succeeded in showing you how to change tile color.

Keep children and pets away from the paint until it thoroughly dries.

Don’t let molds form in your tiles as they can damage the paint overtime.

We’ll be taking our leave now. Best of luck!