National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Would you do this project? According to our survey, 62% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.
The average price to Paint Wall Tile noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.
How much does it cost to paint ugly wall tiles and avoid removing them? The contractor cost to paint ceramic wall tiles is $315 vs. doing it yourself for $95 and saving 69 percent.
Until we learned we could paint ugly plastic and ceramic tile, we thought the only way to deal with them was removal, a strategy that makes sense if you’re remodeling, but not for a quick facelift when painting them is the way to go.
It’s an effective and inexpensive makeover for bathroom walls or a kitchen backsplash. The paint won’t last forever, especially in a tub or shower enclosure, but it will give a fresh new look to a room, giving you more options than just working around the color of the tile.
Preparing the tile for paint is the key to a successful makeover and that involves cleaning and priming them with an adhesion-promoting primer first. We use a 50/50 solution of household ammonia and water to clean the tiles and then let them dry. We like B-I-N, a shellac-based primer sealer that creates an anchor for the finish topcoat. We let the primer dry for a few days and then apply two coats an alkyd-based paint because it creates a durable and washable surface.
If you don’t have the time or desire to paint, you can find a painting contractor who has the skills and tools to do it right.
A painting contractor will charge $315 to prepare and paint 100 square feet of tile; you can do the job for $95.For ideas and inspiration about painting wall tiles go to Pinterest.
The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to paint wall tile with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision.