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Painting Tiles - can it be done?

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Sunday, April 03, 2016

Being stuck with dull, ugly tiles or inheriting tiles that should’ve left with the 80’s can be frustrating, especially given that replacing them is generally a very messy expense. Before you give up on them too quickly though, wall tiles, just like our walls, can really benefit from a fresh lick of paint. Floor tiles are another kettle of fish - some can be painted (I recommend always a professional do floor tiles) and some can't; namely those tiles in any other areas than a bathroom, toilet or laundry - or anywhere which is going to come into contact with furniture.





If you want to paint your wall tiles for your next project you’ll need a tile cleaner, masking tape, sandpaper, tile primer, paintbrush and the top coat paint.

Firstly, don’t just go grab any regular paint, this job requires a specific tile primer that you can find at your local hardware or paint store. Otherwise your hard work is wasted when your paint starts to flake off.

Start by sanding and then cleaning your tiles to provide a 'key' for the paint to stick to and to remove any residue, dirt or stubborn grease. Once you rinse and dry the tiles, cover any areas with masking tape you don’t want to get paint on, and apply the tile primer evenly with a roller.

Take the time to allow your primer to dry thoroughly, then sand and rinse again. Allow to dry, then apply your top coats of paint to the tiles, six hours apart for drying with another light sand and rinse in between. There is the option to use a grout pen, but I prefer to just paint over the tile and grout and only ever use a white or very light colour (light grey, beige, off-white etc).

When you shop for tile paint, you will notice there are paint systems available. You don't actually need to buy a special tile paint; it's the primer that is the critical part of the process. Your top coat can be any old enamel paint really. I prefer a super high gloss oil based enamel paint as it gives a more tile-look end result. Water based enamels don't tend to be as glossy as oil based.


If you are missing tiles you can replace with a tile of the same shape and profile. Don’t worry about the colour since you’re painting over the top - a whole lot cheaper than having to replace the lot of them.

Done! Yes, you can paint your wall tiles! But it requires preparation and patience. Follow the instructions of your local paint shop professionals and look to hire an expert painter if it’s a larger job. Take the time to do the job right because the finished product will absolutely refresh a room.


Renovating your Home or Investment Property?

Home renovations are on the up and up - thanks to all the TV shows and other media outlets such as magazines and the internet.  But is it all that it's cracked up to be? TV makes it look so easy (renovate a kitchen in 2 days, transform your garden in 24 hours - we wish it was that simple!).

If your home or investment property is on the wrong side of 15-20 (years old) then you have a great opportunity to update and modernise it. But without experience on your side, things can (and often do) go really wrong - going over budget, not ending up with the style or look you'd imagined, problems with trades-people, time-frames blowing out - and the list goes on.

Hotspace can help

Hotspace offers one-on-one Exterior and Interior design advice to home owners and property investors.

Property Investors; Our sole aim when working with property investors is to show you how to add as much value as possible - while spending considerably less than it appears when the renovation is completed (ie: spend $1 to add $3-$4 of perceived value). As Interior Designers, we love colour. But colours are only a tiny portion of the information you need to successfully renovate for profit.

Home owners; If your home is old and tired and in need of some renovation love, then we'll show you how to create beautiful and comfortable spaces. We've worked with over 500 property owners on all sorts of properties, so we've (almost) seen it all! We'll help you re-design your biggest asset - often for less $$ than you might think. And as award winning interior designers, you couldn't be in better hands.

The key to renovating your home or investment property without breaking the bank

Whether a full overhaul or a quick facelift, Hotspace will guide you towards your ideal renovation, including;

A second opinion on your plans and ideas - You'll no doubt have some of your own ideas, so we'll steer you in the right direction; confirming your best ideas, introducing new ideas and eliminating the rest.

New ideas and recommendations - We'll introduce you to new renovation ideas to really maximize the result you're able to achieve - ensuring you tastefully revamp your home in ways far beyond what you would have considered yourself. Exterior and Interior Design is our forte!

Spend less on your renovation - If you're afraid of your renovation spiraling out of control, sticking to a reasonable budget just became a reality (yes it is possible!). We'll give you specific guidance on how much or little of your property to renovate given your budgetary expectations. Some of our packages even include budget breakdowns for your entire reno.

Increase the equity in your home or investment property - You can add value and increase the equity in your home or investment property by spending less on your renovation than the value it adds. We'll show you how.

Money back guarantee - Investors; double your renovation investment or we'll refund our fee in full - No questions asked. Note: Our clients typically triple their renovation 'spend' investment so this guarantee is a no-brainer for us!

One-on-one support - Many of our packages include telephone, sms and email support which can be used any time during your renovation.

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Two-storey home renovations

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, February 05, 2018

Renovating the facade of a two-storey home is entirely different to renovating the facade of a one-storey home. Use these top tips to make sure your two-storey home reno looks the best it possibly can…

Create a visual anchor
If you were to stand on the road and look along the driveway towards your house, you should be able to get an idea of how your property presents, and how much ‘visual anchoring’ it needs. To visually anchor a property is to give it a sense that the house is anchored in place. It is quite a subtle thing but when done well, it makes an enormous difference to the overall aesthetic of the entire property.
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