Remodeling your kitchen can be very expensive, but there are ways to save money while improving the value of your home. Changing outdated tile can make dramatic changes in a kitchen, however, replacing it can get very expensive. Painting the existing tile is one clever way to save lots of money on your kitchen redo. One very important note before you get started, is that painting your tiles will work only if the tile you paint is in a dry location. The paint will peel off of the tile if it gets wet.
Clean and Sand the Tile
Clean your tile completely, using a mildly abrasive tile cleaner. Scrub so that you remove the glossy surface. Be sure not to leave any spots of gloss on your tile. If any gloss remains on the tile, you will end up with areas which will not hold the paint. If the gloss is not removed with the tile cleaner, you can also sand it with 220 grit sandpaper. Be certain that you do not damage the tile.
Repair and Clean the Grout
If the grout is not in good condition, now is the time to repair it. It will be impossible to repair once your tiles are painted. If mold or mildew is hanging around, clean that with peroxide or bleach before you get started.
Prime the Tile
Rinse the dust from the tiles, and prime them with two thin coats of an oil-based primer such as Kilz. Follow the instructions on the primer container, being sure to wait the recommended time between coats. After the primer has dried, gently remove any irregular spots with the sandpaper.
Paint the Tile
Using an oil-based, semi-gloss or high-gloss paint, neatly paint the tiles. Use two or three thin coats of paint, allowing the paint to dry between coats. Applying the paint in several thin coats does a much better job than applying it in fewer and thicker coats. Being certain to use an oil-based paint is also very important, as oil based paint looks better and lasts longer than an alternative. Although it is more work when it comes time to clean up your workspace, you will be glad you took the extra time.
Be sure to have paint thinner and several rags available to clean up your mess.
Apply a Sealer
Two to three days after your tile is painted, and when it has been given the chance to dry thoroughly, seal with a urethane sealant. This will give it the added protection it needs to look nice for a long time to come.
Painting Over Ceramic Tile; http://www.doityourself.com/stry/paintceramictile
How to Paint Tile; Lynn Siprelle, http://www.thenewhomemaker.com/how-to-paint-tile