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How well do painted tile floors hold up? Our one year review


If you’re stumbling upon this, you’ve probably thought about painting your bland tiles and turning them into something amazing. But you’re wondering if they could possibly hold up. I mean, it’s just paint and there’s a lot of traffic on your bathroom floors every day.

Or maybe you’re like I was. You’re inspired and wanted to start painting 5 minutes ago, but your reasonable husband insisted that you do a bit more research to find out if you’re just going to have to repaint them in a month.

Whatever your reason, I’ve got you covered. Here’s our honest one year review of how our painted tiles are holding up.

DIY Painted Tile Floors Durability - a real review

So how are the floors holding up? Any chips? 

We have exactly 2 chips in our floor, but I can confirm that those were both there before we sealed our floors. I rubbed an area of our floor after the first coat of paint to see how it was going to hold up and a couple of pieces chipped (this is why you trust the process and don’t test things before the paint is cured and sealed).

Other than these chips, we haven’t had any issues with the floors not holding up, despite a puppy running on them often. We followed the care instructions on our sealer and didn’t use any harsh chemicals on the floors for the first 3 months.

Since the 3 months passed, we haven’t tested any truly harsh chemicals–just a few Swiffer Wet Jet pads and Dawn soap + water. The floors clean up really easily, so we haven’t had to scrub too hard on it.

How well do DIY painted tile floors actually hold up?

Why I think our floors are holding up so well

I can’t speak for tile floors painted with chalk paint, but I think the durability of our floors is thanks to the paint that we chose.

We started with a strong concrete and masonry bonding primer so that we wouldn’t have to sand first. Then we used porch and patio paint for the main color and stencil.

Porch and patio paint is very durable since it generally has to stand up to harsh outdoor conditions and high traffic. It’s also water and mildew resistant which is great in case you accidentally miss a spot when you go to seal it.

Finally, we chose a water-based polyurethane to protect the floors further.

If you’re interested in exactly how we prepped and painted our tile floors, you can find the painted tile tutorial here

Putting our painted floors to the test

Since we haven’t had any major issues with our floors, I felt like I couldn’t give a comprehensive review with putting our floors to the test.

The first test I wanted to try was scratching the floors with a coin. I scratched the floors with a lot of pressure for about 10 seconds. The result? No chips or scratches! You can head to my Instagram to see a video of me putting this to the test.

For the next test, I wanted to do something a little more extreme. I took a flathead screwdriver to the floor (with some decent pressure) and they did get a few scratches on them.

It didn’t scratch all the way through to the original floors on the first go around, but that being said, I wouldn’t recommend placing metal baskets on the floor that you might slide in/out often. See below for the close-up of the scratches. Honestly, I was impressed that the damage was still pretty minimal.

Finally, I scrubbed scrubbed scrubbed the floors with both a sponge and the scrubber part of a Swiffer Wet Jet pad. This experiment wasn’t too wild, so I didn’t expect to see any damage. Luckily I was right! These floors stand up to intense scrubbing!

But I will caveat this by saying that you should avoid scrubbing as much as possible for the first 3 months (or whatever is recommended on your sealer).

Chips from scratching painted tiles with a screwdriver

The bad?

Okay, nothing is 100% amazing and perfect and we want this review to be helpful, so here’s the ugly truth. These floors attract so much hair and dust. I don’t know if it’s the sealer we used or if it’s just a fact for black and white floors, but I have to Swiffer constantly. They clean up super easily, but you’re going to have to spend 30s with your Swiffer often.

Would I paint my tile floors again?

In a heartbeat. In fact, I already created the stencil designs for our next 2 rooms. You can download all three tile stencils at the bottom of this page to use on your own stenciling project!

If you’re hesitant about painting your floors, my advice to you is to JUST DO IT! It’s a labor of love and takes a bit of time, but it’s so worth it. Plus, painting can be relaxing, right?

2 Year Update

Our floors have been painted for two years now and I’m happy to report that I don’t have much to update on.

We have gotten a couple of chips in the paint recently when I’ve dropped heavier items on the floor, which I think is likely due to the sealer wearing down from water and constant use.

It’s very normal for a sealer to wear down over time, so I’m not terribly surprised.

It’s on my to-do list to go back over the floors with a few more coats of sealer to keep the floor nice and protected.

I will say, the floor really is holding up well adding the extra coats of sealer are really out of an abundance of caution, not necessity. It’s on my to-do list, but definitely not near the top 😉

If you want to prolong the life of your floors and prevent resealing them later, I’d recommend adding 2-3 additional coats of sealer beyond what’s already recommended on the can.

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