Painting kitchen tile counter-top

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Old 11-12-06, 09:05 PM
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Painting kitchen tile counter-top

We have old tile counter-tops which I'd like to paint. I've seen this product, Tough as Tile, and wondered about it. We want to replace it not just because it's an ugly color, but the sealer (I'm guessing) is peeling off the tile. Our house is about 20 years old. Any suggestions save for completely replacing?

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I'm not familiar with that particular product but any painted tile I have ever seen looks like crap. Also I cant imagine that painted tile would hold up on a counter top.
 
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it might work on a tile backsplash or a tiled bathroom wall, but not on a horizontal surface, especially a kitchen countertop that gets lots of use & where food is prepared.
 
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You have ceramic tile counter? Sealer is peeling off tile? Ceramic tile with kiln-fired glaze does not require sealer. There are strippers available that can strip off surface sealant. This would have to be done before painting, but painting is not a long-term durable option. And, the tile will look like painted tile.

What color is ugly? What colors are in your decor? If sealer were stripped, is it possible to decorate around the tile counter?

Have you priced plastic laminate tops? Take your counter measures to a local retailer of countertops and get a price quote. If budget allow, you may be pleasantly surprised and can have a new counter to update your kitchen. If you are handy and DIY, you can retile counters with quartz or granite tiles and really look up to date.
 
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Twelvepole, my tile is an ugly color, kind of a rust color. We bought this house about 4 years ago and I've always wanted to change the color. I was pregnant at the time we moved, so I'm just now getting to a point where I/we can work on home projects (wall painting, wood laminate flooring, etc...). Hard to do projects with a small baby, not to mention sleep deprivation!

The tile is peeling, so I don't know if that means it's not ceramic tile or not. The peel comes off in strips and is transparent with a yellow tint. The house is 20 years old, and I'm pretty sure this was the original counter, so maybe they didn't kiln glaze 20 years ago? I do know that random tiles have leaf patterns on them. One reason I want to change the color is because our ceiling is wood and our cabinets and I feel an off white or almond would help brighten the kitchen.

I've not thought of anything but painting, so I haven't researched the plastic laminate top option yet. Maybe we will since painting doesn't seem to be a good option. I don't think I'd be happy with re-tiling it myself. I'm not a big DIY-er. What is plastic laminate?
 
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by "plastic laminate" she means Formica or Wilsonart. you've seen it: it's the regular thin plastic that's veneered over the counter surface. the least expensive kind of counter top. but there are many nice-looking color/patterns out now, and different edge treatments.
 
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Originally Posted by Annette
by "plastic laminate" she means Formica or Wilsonart. you've seen it: it's the regular thin plastic that's veneered over the counter surface. the least expensive kind of counter top. but there are many nice-looking color/patterns out now, and different edge treatments.
Gotcha. I've always called it formica. Thanks.
 
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