My entry makeover

Hi friends! Rob got the trim up and I'm finally able to show you the finished result. The before picture is what the entry looked like when we bought our house over 4 years ago. This has always been my least favorite area in my home because it felt like useless space and was hard to know what to do with. Also, the tile trim had to go! Would I have liked to rip out the original tile and replace it with something of my choice? Yes, of course, but it isn't in our budget or time right now.

DIY painted tile
DIY painted tile

A couple of years ago, my friend, Mysha @remingtonavenue, painted and stenciled her tile and I was amazed (clink here to go to her latest how to blog post and to see her before and after pictures)! Because of her, I decided to do mine also. Since my wallpaper is busy, I painted one solid color instead of a pattern on my existing tile.

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being really easy and 10 being extremely difficult),  I would say this is a 1 (remember I did not use a stencil, so painting it one solid color is definitely easier than stenciling would be), but it's an 8 for how sore and tired my body was afterwards! My legs, hamstrings, butt, back and even knees were so sore. I thought I was dying and felt like I was 80 years old, but I would do it all again! If you have a smaller space to paint or are in better shape than me, this might not be an issue for you.

Here are the items you will need:

  1.  Mineral Spirits to clean your tile
  2. Foam Roller
  3. 4" Jumbo Mini Roller
  4. Rustoleum Chalk Paint
  5. Polycrylic in satin
  6. Purdy Angular Trim Paint Brush

Be sure to clean your tile extremely well and let it dry. I cleaned mine at night and then got up early the next morning and started. Pour your paint in your paint tray and get started... it's that easy. Make sure you do THIN coats and allow enough drying time in between each coat ( I allowed an hour drying time). I painted four coats of linen white chalk paint and then waited 24 hours before I sealed it with the polycrylic finish. Since I knew the polycrylic finish is what would protect the paint and help prevent it from chipping (I did 5 coats).

The main advice I would give anyone wanting to paint their tile is this...do your research! I'm sure there are a lot of different ways to paint tile, some easier than others. I don't know how mine will hold up because it's only been about a month since I painted it, but so far so good. I do have to clean mine every other day (I use soap and water only) since I decided to paint it white, but it's worth it. I hope this helps and if you decide to paint tile somewhere in your home, I would love to see pictures!

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  1. Lisa
    July 7, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Well done girl!!!!

    • Sandi Johnson
      July 12, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much!

  2. Nannette
    July 7, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Beautiful!!! You did a great job !

    • Sandi Johnson
      July 12, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you ! I appreciate it!

  3. Karen
    July 7, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    Nice Job! It really looks fantastic. Flows nicely with the other areas🙌

    • Sandi Johnson
      July 12, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you! I’m looking forward and dreading doing my kitchen next!

  4. July 11, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    Wow, a change of paint really transformed the space! It’s so beautiful. Not to mention your home decor pieces stand out so much more now.

    • Sandi Johnson
      July 12, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      Thank you so much! I was amazed by the change also. I only wish I would have done it sooner.

  5. Rebecca
    July 13, 2018 / 5:19 am

    Ive looked everywhere trying to find where the wallpaper was purchased. I had it written down and now I can’t find it. Will you please let me know where ? Thank you 🙂

    • Shalia
      July 18, 2018 / 2:52 am

      It’s from @d.marieinteriors on Instagram.

      Sorry it took me so long to reply! I guess I overlooked this message!

  6. michele kindl
    October 9, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Hey Shalia,

    Wanted to see what you ended up doing with the small part of tile that went up your walls? Did you rip that out and put molding there or did you paint over that tile just like you did the tile on the floors?

    • Shalia
      October 12, 2018 / 10:32 am

      For now, I just painted over it. I hope to do a full remodel soon.

    • Sandi Johnson
      October 23, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Hi! I ended up taking the tile off the wall and covered it with trim. You’re not even able to tell there was tile there before.


  7. Taylor Gardner
    October 15, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    The Minwax Polycrylic says specifically not to use on floors? Is yours still holding up? Also- do you think this technique would work on tiling in the shower? Thanks in advance! Entry way looks amazing!

    • Sandi Johnson
      October 16, 2018 / 2:50 pm

      Hi. Mine is holding up well. I only use soap and water to clean the floors though. In one area of my entry, I used a scrub brush and some cleaner and I can see where the scrub brush made lines in the outer clear coat. I would do research on sealer. Since I have done this, I have heard from other people about other products that are said to be even better.


  8. Sherrie
    December 31, 2018 / 2:00 am

    Do you have a post that talks about what you did to the ceiling?! Because it looks great!!

    • Sandi Johnson
      December 31, 2018 / 4:34 am

      Hi Sherrie,

      Thank you so much and thank you for reading my blog post. That is actually wallpaper on the ceiling. I bought it online on clearance. It was a PAIN to hang, but love the outcome.


  9. Brandi Zofkie
    January 2, 2019 / 1:00 am

    Link to the wallpaper here? My sister would love this in her house!

    • Sandi Johnson
      January 2, 2019 / 8:42 pm

      Hi Brandi,

      My wallpaper is from d-marie-interiors.com.

  10. January 25, 2019 / 12:44 am

    Okay can I ask how many quarts of Chalk paint you went through to get this done?

    • Sandi Johnson
      February 3, 2019 / 7:55 pm

      I used 2.5 cans of it.

  11. Suz
    March 17, 2019 / 3:25 am

    Love these floors Sandi. If you could use another sealer, what might it be? We need odorless/non- toxic choices for an adorable starter home tiny bath! How have your painted floors held up?

    • Sandi Johnson
      March 17, 2019 / 2:59 pm

      I’m not sure. This was the only sealer I tried. They help up great in the entry. I rushed the bathroom, even though I knew better. I did thicker coats of paint and sealer and didn’t let it dry and cure as long as I did in the entry. One spot started peeling up but I don’t know if it was from it being the bathroom and water or if it was because I didn’t take my time like I did in the entry.

      • Suz
        March 19, 2019 / 11:25 pm

        Thanks for taking time to reply.
        Hoping the painter heeded advice on dry time too.
        We shall see!!

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