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Using Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Coating to Paint Outdated Tile Floor

This post is sponsored by Rust-Oleum. All opinions are my own.

Learn how to paint tile with Rust-Oleum Home Floor Coating with this easy two step process. See how I painted our outdated ceramic tile with this easy tutorial.

Have you ever wanted to update your floor but you didn’t have the resources or time? I’ve wanted to replace the old tile since we moved in a few years ago. Then I began researching floor paint and I found an easy solution; Rust-Oleum Home Floor Coating 2 step paint. I was a little hesitant to paint all 400 square feet of the downstairs back house. I can happily say though, that this project was well worth it and much easier to complete than I thought it would be. Let me show you how to easily paint your own tile.

Here is the outdated tile in our mother in law suite. It’s not in terrible condition, I just wanted something different.

Outdated ceramic tile before using Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Coating

outdated tile

I don’t love the dark grout and the pink/cream tones in the tile. To be honest, the grout isn’t dark, it’s just dirty.

outdated tile before paint

This is the living area in the downstairs of our mother in law suite.

outdated tile before paint
outdated tile before tile paint

You can see I’ve already placed painters tape around the perimeter of the downstairs.

outdated tile before paint
outdated tile before paint

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Supplies needed to paint the floor tile:

I’m sharing my tips below on how to apply the floor paint kit. Always refer to the Rust-Oleum website before starting a project of your own.

How to prepare tile for Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Coating

Rust-Oleum suggests cleaning the surface really well. They even suggest using a degreaser to make sure any dirt and grime is gone. Once the surface is clean and dry, it’s ready for paint.

Covering the baseboards and walls with painters tape is a good idea but optional.

How to paint tile floor with Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Coating

  1. Clean the floor well and let it dry.
  2. Apply painters tape if you choose to.
  3. Use a paint brush to cut in the edges of the wall with the base coat around the perimeter. Work in sections and don’t do it all at once trying to always keep a wet edge.
  4. Pour the base coat into a paint tray and dampen the roller with plenty of paint.
  5. Use the paint roller to roll a section of the floor. Once one section is complete, move to the next always trying to keep a wet edge.
  6. After applying one coat of base coat paint on the surface, let it dry at least six hours.
  7. Apply a second coat if you feel that one coat isn’t enough.
  8. Once the base coat paint has dried a full six hours, apply the sealer coat (2nd step) the same way you applied the paint.
  9. Use one coat of sealer, two coats if you want extra durability letting the sealer dry for at least 2 hours in between coats.
  10. Allow 24 hours for light foot traffic and 72 hours for replacing furniture.
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Rust-Oleum home floor coat paint for tile floors
using paintbrush to cut in to the edges of the tile
using Rust-Oleum floor paint on tile
painting tile floor with RustOleum floor paint

You can see how easy this paint was to cover the existing tile floor.

using Rustoleum Home floor coating sealer

The sealer (2nd Step) goes on with a slight film, but dries totally clear.

painted gray tile with Rust-Oleum floor paint

You can see that once the paint dried it had a darker/grayer look to it!

painted tile with Rust-Oleum floor paint
painted gray tile

I’m not sure why but for some reason the tile looks so much cleaner and more modern now!

painted gray tile in kitchen
Painted tile in bathroom
how to paint tile with RUST-OLEUM HOME floor coating

I love a good before and after! What do you think?

Painted gray tile in the living room

Rust-Oleum painted gray tile floors

I’m so pleased with how the painted floors turned out. We even did the “scratch test” and moved the furniture around a little- no paint peeling!

I feel like the gray color was a good pick to “modernize” the space. I also like that it won’t show dirt easily.

painted gray tile
painted gray tile in living room
painted gray tile
painted gray tile

I feel like I can officially call this space done now! Time to work on the upstairs.

Using Rust-Oleum Home Floor Coating to Paint Outdated Tile Floor

how to paint ceramic tile

Learn how to use Rust-Oleum Home floor coating to transform outdated tile floor. I've shared how I easily painted our tile floor.

Prep Time 1 hour
Active Time 3 hours
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 4 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost 100

Materials

  • Rust-Oleum Home Floor Coating base coat and sealer- I used the color French Gray
  • Paint brush
  • Paint tray
  • Painters tape
  • Degreaser
  • Mop

Tools

  • Fine Finish paint roller and roller extender 

Instructions

  1. Clean the floor well and let it dry.
  2. Apply painters tape if you choose to.
  3. Use a paint brush to cut in the edges of the wall with the base coat around the perimeter. Work in sections and don't do it all at once trying to always keep a wet edge.
  4. Pour the base coat into a paint tray and dampen the roller with plenty of paint.
  5. Use the paint roller to roll a section of the floor. Once one section is complete, move to the next always trying to keep a wet edge.
  6. After applying one coat of base coat paint on the surface, let it dry at least six hours.
  7. Apply a second coat if you feel that one coat isn't enough.
  8. Once the base coat paint has dried a full six hours, apply the sealer coat (2nd step) the same way you applied the paint.
  9. Use one coat of sealer, two coats if you want extra durability letting the sealer dry for at least 2 hours in between coats.
  10. Allow 24 hours for light foot traffic and 72 hours for replacing furniture.

Notes

These are the steps I used to paint our outdated tile floors. Always refer to the Rust-Oleum website as well before starting a project of your own.

Deb

Saturday 27th of November 2021

Hi, I love the large space. I’m about to do the same. How were you able to keep furnitures/appliances off the entire 1st floor while you painted. Don’t rust oleum paint can’t dry in process. I’m asking cause I want to do the kitchen first then next following weekend do the living room. There are no separations in the tile from room to room. Will it look bad if applied days later?

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Monday 29th of November 2021

I did it all at once and moved all the furniture out, but I don't see why you wouldn't be able to do it in sections. I don't think it would look bad if you applied it days later at all! Let me know how it goes.

Josy

Saturday 16th of October 2021

Hi, I'm thinking of doing something like this to my entire first floor because it is really old and outdated ceramic tile. I really like how yours came out, but just wanted to check on how it has held up? Do you think it'd be an issue in high traffic areas or with cats?

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Sunday 17th of October 2021

We've only had ours for a few months, but I can say that I've moved heavy furniture around and had a lot of foot traffic and it's held up beautifully. Even when we moved a super heavy buffet around it didn't scratch the paint.

Ann Gosselin

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Clever! Looks great; clean and fresh. Thanks for the tutorial 😀

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Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by.

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