DIY guru Jo Behari suggests some DIY projects to update your home. Here, she talks kitchen tile revamps…
Question: I have plain white ceramic tiles with a gloss finish in my kitchen. They’re looking a bit tired but, rather than replacing them, I’d like to see if I could revive them somehow. What’s the best way to do this?
Answer: The first thing to do is clean the grout lines as this always freshens up a room. Be warned, it can be time consuming! The best method is to make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. If you have white grout, add a splash of bleach. Spread this onto the grout lines and leave to soak in, preferably overnight if you can. Scrub off with warm water using an old hard-bristled toothbrush. If any stubborn stains remain, repeat using a more industrial cleaner. HG has some fantastic products and its grout cleaner will work wonders on most stains.
To tackle the tiles themselves, give them a good clean and a polish – again I’d recommend the HG tile cleaner. You then have a number of options. Painting them is an obvious choice and it will be easy now they’re clean.
You could go for the blanket approach by painting them all in one colour, or you could pick out a few tiles to paint, bringing colour in subtly. Whatever you choose, it’s important to buy paint specifically for tiles. Ronseal has a great range with lots of colours to choose from.
An alternative to painting would be to apply tile stickers, which can be a good way to bring some pattern into your kitchen. Buy stickers that are the right size for your tiles so there’ll be no cutting to do and the grout lines will be clear. They’re easy to apply and easy to remove if you change your mind!
This article was first published on House Beautiful