Mediterranean dream with nothing but a little color

Porch Tile Paint - Mediterranean DIY "Cement tiles"-I dream of nothing but a few colors
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Do you want to give your porch or porch a whole new look for very little money? Then you can paint your patio tiles quickly and easily! In no time at all, old stained porch or porch tiles can be transformed into a miniature dream Mediterranean tile look with a cement tile look that simply radiates a pure vacation feel! All you need is a little paint, a pattern stencil, and a little patience.


Would you like more tips about your balcony or terrace? Then feel free to read here: Setting up a Mediterranean Balcony – 8 Tips to Give Your Balcony (or Terrace) a Modern Mediterranean Feel


Porch Tile Paint - Mediterranean DIY "Cement tiles"-I dream of nothing but a few colors

Wooden floorboards, tiles or simply paint old porch tiles?

In fact, I was always convinced that I would like to have a wooden floor on the balcony in my own apartment. After watching countless videos on the subject of building a wood deck, laying decking, and tapping the many types of wood, it became clear that this would be a project that we might be able to tackle in the future with more time. Cheap balcony tiles from Sweden for floating self-laying were out of the question for me – simply because of the reddish color of the wood. Somehow, I was suddenly not sure whether the parquet in the adjacent studio, the wooden ceiling panels and the planed wooden furniture would not end up with “too much wood”.

While searching on Pinterest, I came across Portuguese or Moroccan patterned tiles, available in either a porcelain stoneware version or as cement tiles. But I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to have such an attractive floor for the next few years: And then I came up with the solution: I would simply paint the balcony tiles and use a stencil to “stamp” the desired pattern, all the cheaper and quicker to create a dream Mediterranean tile. On my balcony. Will this work? I have no idea, but I found so many convincing testimonials and results on US blogs and websites that it’s worth a try!

What: Pinterest

Painting balcony tiles step by step

Having already successfully applied paint to the decorative tile strips in our bathrooms, it’s now time for our balcony tiles. Unlike smooth bathroom tiles, painting rough patio tiles works much better because the rough surface accepts paint very well. At least that’s what the research revealed and fortunately that was actually the case for me. The right color is either classic concrete paint or – in my case – a chalk paint intended for outdoor use, such as “Painting The Past Outdoor”.

Painting Patio Tile: Step 1. Get supplies

For a Mediterranean style balcony tile/porch tile painting project all you need is:

  • Exterior paint, for example Exterior Paste paint or Lausitzer Farbwerke concrete paint
  • Foam rollers, if necessary, a large round brush
  • Stencil in desired pattern

If you don’t want to paint existing tiles but just a flat concrete surface, the size of the stencil doesn’t really matter. in Mispompadour For example, you can find 14.5cm or 19cm stencils that match my pattern. Even with the larger template, I would have needed four templates for each of my balcony tiles that were approximately 40cm long. Instead, I created my own template to fit my tile size and included it Stencil mafia This is upon request. This ended up being much more expensive, but in the end it not only made the project faster, but also more accurate. Alternatively, the British Etsy shop also offers DizzyDuckDesignsUK Tile stencil with required dimensions. However, I wasn’t sure if the stencil would arrive on time due to current customs conditions. If I had known I would have to postpone my project for 10 weeks due to the temperatures, this would have been an alternative already.

Painting Patio Tile: Step 2. Clean it well

Before you can start drawing, preparation – as with all drawing projects – is half the battle. This means thorough cleaning, especially when it comes to dirty outdoor tiles. Our balcony was in dire need of this anyway, so I treated the dirt with a high-pressure cleaner and a scrub brush with vinegar cleaner. I still can’t remove some stains. I then immediately covered the roof shingles and metal railings with a fresh coat of paint. This meant I didn’t have to carefully hide my face when applying: the floor would be painted anyway.

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Painting Patio Tile: Step 3. Paint the base color

What you generally have to consider when painting outdoor tiles are temperatures. The temperature should not fall below the minimum during curing and subsequent drying time. For most colours, the temperature is 8°C. I soon realized that if the temperature was consistently above 8°C, I would have to wait until mid-summer for a full two weeks of drying time, although if the temperature was too high, I would have problems again. When I recently saw professional painters painting outdoors and the temperatures were not expected to drop below zero for the next two weeks, at least at night, I decided I wouldn’t wait any longer either. Of course I can’t say if this will cause durability issues.

First, I started with the base color and gave the old terracotta-colored porch tiles a uniform dark gray color. The balcony already looks a hundred times better. I painted the tiles using a 10cm foam roller and touched up the beveled edges with a brush. In general, the raw material absorbed a lot of paint and you had to work under a lot of pressure due to the structure. For me, one coat was definitely enough to get an even result, but one coat also required a full liter of paint.

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Painting Patio Tile: Step 4. Sealing Pattern

After 24 hours of drying time, it’s now time to style. I have often read the advice to paint the model using very little paint with a brush. This way the least amount of paint should be placed under the stencil. However, using a foam roller seemed more time efficient to me, so I gave it a try. Since I was happy with the result, I completed the entire project with this role.

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In general, stamp patterns are not a project for perfectionists. No matter how precise your stamp is, some ink will always pass under the stencil. But it doesn’t have to be perfect either. Once the entire area is sealed, small imperfections will no longer be noticeable! Amen! In the end I really wanted to fix all the patterns again, but after I finished and it was hard to find my mistakes because of all the patterns, I left it.

I attached the stencil to the floor with painter’s tape. Naturally, you have to make sure that you do not destroy the patterns that have already been completed. It’s best to start with every other tile and fill in the missing parts after they dry. In total, it took me about 6 hours to complete our 9 square meter project and it was completed much faster than I thought. It’s important to work with a foam roller with a little paint and a lot of pressure. However, you must review the pattern carefully so as not to destroy the stencil.

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After each tile, I wiped down the stencil with an old, wet towel. I cleaned the stencil well every 15 tiles or so. However, the quality of the film eventually deteriorated, some angles became prominent and the result became worse. So it’s worth starting with a new template in the visible area. I will definitely plan this better next time.

I also ordered two stencils just to be on the safe side so I have a replacement in case one breaks. I actually thought I would have to cut out a template for the edge areas, but it worked fine without it, as I carefully folded the tiles over the wall.

Painting Patio Tile: My Conclusion and Final Result

Overall, I’m very happy with the result, and what a beautiful Mediterranean oasis I was able to create with so little colour. I feel like I’m on vacation in Portugal, Costa Rica, or Greece. And based on your many reactions on Instagram, you’re totally excited about renovating my little balcony. Of course, I can’t say much about durability at the moment. Some signs of wear do detract from the style in my opinion. It wouldn’t bother me if I had to repeat the procedure in two years. Who knows, maybe I’ll want a different style (or not) or go with different colors. I will definitely give you an update here on how the soil changes over time. Of course, we have the great advantage that our entire balcony is covered and therefore not exposed to the weather as much. Rain rarely reaches the balcony floor.

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Now all that’s left is some plants and lights and then I’ll finish renovating my balcony. If you like, I’ll write you another update!?

Have you ever painted tiles? Then please tell me about your experiences! Still questions? Then put it in the comments too!

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