By Pamela Cole Harris
Ceramic tile can be beautiful and elegant. But it can also be
bland and uninspired. If you want to add a little color or creativity to your
tile, here's how!
Remember to clean your tile and let it dry before you begin any
1. Seal both tile and surrounding grout with a water-based floor
varnish. Ask your home improvement retailer for suggestions about a good
water-based floor varnish for your area.
2. Brush paint primer on both tile and grout. Let it dry for at
least 12 hours before you begin painting.
3. With an artist's brush, paint your pattern with latex paint.
Simple designs are best. You can use stencils or, if you are brave, try painting
your own original design directly on the tile. Let the tile dry before sealing.
4. Seal the tiles with two coats of water-based varnish. Let the
tile dry between coats.
Decorating your old tile can be easy and fun. Now, anyone have a
great idea for rescuing an old bathtub? (Without making it a backyard planter,
Pamela Cole Harris has been a writer for over 35 years (Yikes! Has it been that
long? Her fun, tongue-in-cheek approach to decorating has made
http://www.homeandgardenmakeover.com one of the most popular décor sites on
the net. She brings the same spirit of fun to cooking at
http://www.thewellfedtraveler.com and running a home business at http://www.pajamabusinesses.com