How to Sponge Paint Tile

multi-colored tile backsplash in a kitchen
What You'll Need
Plastic sheeting
Painters tape
Sponges (various sizes and textures)
Old rags for cleanup
Paint trays

If you want to learn how to sponge paint ceramic tiles, you need to be aware of suitable places to paint. It is not advisable to paint tile in places that will often be wet. This includes showers and any other places in your home that may be prone to an excess of moisture. Painting ceramic tile in high moisture areas will result in an ugly mess of mildew accumulating over time. Kitchen tile on the wall, between cabinets and counter space, is an ideal place to paint tile. You may also safely paint tile countertops as long as you are willing to immediately wipe up any water.

Step 1 - Prepare Your Surface

There are two different types of tile in terms of size and grout that will affect your painting techniques: small tile and large tile. Larger tile is often better in appearance once painted if the grout is taped off. While this procedure is precise, it can be made fairly easy by selecting a smaller sized painter’s tape at your local hardware or craft store. Smaller tiles often look better if you paint over the grout. Some tiles are placed so closely together that it makes it nearly impossible to tape the grout between the tiles. Either option you choose will result in a handsome finish. it simply depends if you wish to have a backsplash or not.

Step 2 - Prime Your Surface

paint, tile, and fabric samples

To begin the process, paint primer over the entire tile (have your grout sealed off at this time if you choose to tape over the grout). Let the primer dry according to instructions. In the meantime, have your paint trays ready. Sponge painting is successfully done with two or three colors that should be different shades of the same color. If you are bold or are doing a child’s room, you may want to venture out into something more vivid and contrasting. Different shades of earth tones will offer a subtle and sophisticated look to any kitchen or dining room. A mixture of pastels will look charming in a girl’s room.

Step 3 - Apply the Base Coat

Once the primer is done, paint a base color over the primer. If you are not using the painter’s tape to mask off the grout, take care to use a small brush to get the base coat into the grooves of the grout. It is important to look carefully over all the grout lines to make sure you have not missed the base coat in any spot.

Step 4 - Start Sponging

sea sponge

After the base coat has dried, you should dip your sea sponge into the tray and with a light hand and gently dab the sponge randomly and frequently over the tile. Let this coat cure and then apply your second color (if you have opted for one) with a separate sea sponge. Once this coat dries, it is wise to apply a sealant to the entire counter space or tile space. Applying a sealant will reduce paint chipping later on.

It is important to remember to use a sea sponge as opposed to a normal, smaller-pored household sponge. The sea sponge will provide a more even and unique texture which will result in a more appealing appearance. Good luck and have fun painting!