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A bathroom renovation is not only associated with great financial effort. You still have to put enough time and effort into it. Removing old tiles and replacing them with new ones proves to be too much work, and often not worth the effort. Thankfully, that's not the only way to say goodbye to old tiles. One coat of paint and you should never see those ugly tiles again.

What is chalk paint and what can it do?

Yes, that sounds really good. You can paint tiles and it's actually not difficult at all, especially if you're using chalk paint. This painting method is all the rage right now and offers pretty good results. In order for you to be able to achieve this, first find out how to paint tiles with chalk paint.

But first you will find out what chalk paint actually is. We have put together everything you need to know below. Just scroll down…

What is chalk paint? It gives old furniture a chic shabby chic touch

What is chalk paint?

Even if you know what chalk paint looks like, you may not know exactly what it is. Chalk paint was originally designed and patented by popular paint brand Annie Sloan. So technically the official chalk paint is a registered trademark of the Annie Sloan company. Despite this, there are now many other companies on the market that also produce chalk paint. However, you can also make your own chalk paint at home. Let's shed some light on that in a moment…

What is chalk paint?- This is the original original!

You can also paint tiles with chalk paint

It is also important to know that chalk paint is not to be confused with blackboard paint. Chalkboard paint can be used to create a surface that can be written on with chalk. But chalk paint gives the surfaces a chalky look and new feel. When the chalk paint has dried you can wax and Apply finishes to the surface to seal and create patina. This is how you create a trendy vintage look.

Give new life to old furniture. It's very simple!

How is the chalk paint different from other wall paints?

In addition to the matte finish, the chalk paint differs from the traditional paint in many ways. One of the advantages is that no preparatory work is required. Chalk paint can be applied directly to most clean, dry surfaces (except metal or shiny laminate). For this reason, do-it-yourselfers love to use chalk paint on vintage furniture that has cracks or lots of detail. The color runs smoothly even over layers of paint. Also, chalk paint has a thicker consistency compared to regular paint and because of this it does not drip. Another difference is that chalk paint is water based. So you can easily clean the paint brushes with just soap and water.

Apply the first coat boldly!

Glass can also be painted with chalk paint and the result is effective

Can you make chalk paint yourself?

Make your own chalk paint with baking powder

This is the easiest version if you want to do a quick or small project with chalk paint.

  • 1/2 cup baking powder
  • 1 cup latex paint
  • water


  • Mix the baking soda and latex paint fairly well until the baking soda is completely dissolved.
  • Add a few tablespoons of cold water to mix everything together. This seems to do the trick to avoiding the gritty texture some DIYers have encountered when making this chalk paint mix.

How to freshen up the tiled floor in your bathroom

Make your own chalk paint with plaster mortar

  • 1 part gypsum mortar
  • 3 parts latex paint (without primer)
  • water


  • Mix the plaster with water to get any lumps out - it should be the consistency of pancake batter.
  • Mix the resulting mixture well with the latex paint and then paint as quickly as possible.

Important: For this project you don't need a primer as it affects the texture and makes it very difficult to paint.

Create an intricate pattern

Make your own chalk paint with calcium carbonate

Finally, several DIY enthusiasts report that calcium carbonate dissolves best in water. Make sure you buy 100% Calcium Carbonate.

  • 1 cup latex paint
  • 4 tablespoons calcium carbonate
  • 2 tablespoons of water


  • Stir all the ingredients together thoroughly and quickly paint the desired piece of furniture.
  • Let dry overnight, then apply a second coat.

Pattern in fresh yellow

Painting tiles with chalk paint

You can paint both tiled walls and tiled floors with chalk paint. Extensive preparation is not necessary, however. Just clean the tiles thoroughly. And then you can already apply the first layer of chalk paint. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the next. After two coats allow to dry thoroughly and then finish off with a coat of clear water based sealer. If you are painting a tiled floor, repeat the last step again to make the tiles even more durable.

Painting tiles with chalk paint - this is how it works…

But if you're planning on adding a pattern to your tiled floor, don't seal just yet. Simply allow the tiles to dry for two to three days and seal after the pattern is applied and completely dry.

Make your own template and create any pattern

The easiest way to apply a pattern to painted tiles is to use a stencil. You can buy one or make one yourself. Make sure the template matches the tile dimensions perfectly. The outer tips of the graphic inside the stencil should reach the outside edges of the tile.
Secure the stencil to the floor with painter's tape and do not cover any part of the graphic with masking tape. Then apply chalk paint directly to the stencil using a foam roller. Move the stencil to another tile and repeat this process until you have patterned the entire floor have.

Now you know what chalk paint is and how to paint your old tiles with chalk paint. Just roll up your sleeves and grab the paint roller. We wish you lots of fun and the best results!

Enjoy your new floor design!

If you are fed up with the old boring tiles, simply paint them with chalk paint

Would you like a new mirrored wall?

You can also paint the wooden floor with chalk paint

Create a unique pattern!

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