Strong and practical tile is a popular finish in the kitchen, bathroom and toilet. Over time, defects appear or the design gets boring, but due to the complex technology, the material is difficult to dismantle. There are 11 ways to transform a tile without removing it.
If you need to quickly update the interior of the kitchen or bathroom, it is better to use an adhesive-based finish. A simple, inexpensive option will allow you to easily change the design of ceramics. When choosing a model, pay attention to the scope of application and resistance to humidity and high temperature.
Jewelry consists of a decorative backing (image) and a bottom layer with glue. Before use, the tile surface is degreased with alcohol and left to dry. Part of the sticker is removed from the protection, leaned against the tile and gradually released from the film. The slower a person’s actions, the neater the result.
Decorative stickers are used to mask chips, cracks and scratches on ceramics. With the help of adhesive elements, designers transfer attention to the right areas, hiding design flaws or defects in the tile. Decorations are relevant on the apron or in the form of panels on one of the walls. There are models that can be used on the floor
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Silicone toys on a special holder can be used as a decoration. Details are appropriate for creating panels or individual accents in the tile design. Due to the peculiarities of the structure of the decoration quickly peel off, so you can regularly change the design.
The front side of the material is made of PVC, the underside is covered with a special glue. The installation principle is the same as for stickers. The width of the film in rolls is 45 and 90 cm. Thanks to its size, you can quickly hide dilapidated tiles, creating a new design.
The beauty of self-adhesive material is in the decorative surface. The top vinyl layer can be matte or glossy, smooth or rough. Old tiles should be hidden under imitation wood, noble marble or stained glass windows. Mirror models are often chosen for the apron and dining area. In the bathroom, options with three-dimensional or luminous patterns look luxurious.
Self-adhesive film is an original replacement for washable wallpaper. The service life of the finish is 3-5 years, which allows you to regularly update the design. The material can withstand temperatures within + 80 C, does not deform with frequent fluctuations and does not fade after washing.
You can install wall panels over old tiles. The apron area is hidden under glass (skinned), allowing you to create a bright design without dismantling the finish. Under the heat-resistant coating, a photo or an unusual texture (plaster, limestone) is often placed. Under the transparent protection, three-dimensional wallpaper or a reproduction of a picture look spectacular.
Under the panels, you can hide all the old tiles without removing them. Small rack components are fixed on glue or liquid nails. Large parts are attached to a special frame, under which they hide the dilapidated design. The design hides 5-10 cm from each wall, so it is only suitable for a large kitchen or bathroom.
Radically or partially modify the tile on the walls and floor will help paint. Ceramic surfaces are rarely painted, although the simple method does not require the artist’s skills. Among the popular technologies, there are 4 methods.
Due to the complexity of dismantling rooms with tiles, they are rarely updated or adjusted to the style they like. Boring kitchen or bathroom design is easy to change without removing the tile. Solid surface painting hides the pattern and color on the ceramic, and the design is perceived as fresh.
Regular enamels don’t stick on tiles for long, so the updated finish will start to peel off and peel off. To work with tiles, use 4 types of paints:
Epoxy. The synthetic resin coating has excellent adhesion and water resistance. Enamel reliably hardens on ceramics, without being deformed by external factors. The downside is the high price.
Latex version. Rubber paint is afraid of humidity, so it is used in dry rooms.
Oil-based. An inexpensive option with a characteristic chemical smell. Before applying the tile must be primed.
Alkyd. Enamel has excellent adhesion to ceramics. Not suitable for wet rooms.
To add an original touch to the design, tiles can be partially painted. For coloring, use 2 brushes of different sizes. A large one is convenient for general design, while a small one is used to correct errors and align edges. When you change the direction, you can achieve a texture effect.
In the design of the floor or walls, the popular chess game looks very bright. If you need to optically increase the space, use a diagonal scheme. A rectangular herringbone pattern is appropriate for corners. The tile surface can be painted using the technology of Bavarian masonry or just randomly. Only one technology is used in the design, otherwise the finish will become tasteless.
With the help of special stained glass paints on the tile, you can draw an image of any complexity. The picture is first applied with a pencil, then according to the sketch they pass a thin brush or bamboo stick. The clarity and beauty of the painting depends on the skill of the artist.
On the tile in the bathroom, marine or natural motifs are appropriate, collected in a single panel. The apron is individually painted in the kitchen. In a large cooking area, you can zone the dining room with a themed picture or text on the tile.
In the absence of artistic talents, pictures and ornaments can be made using blanks. Stencils are applied to the tile, fixed and carefully held with a roller. The drawing must be lighter or darker than the base, otherwise it will not be visible. After drying, the images are covered with a protective varnish.
You can use stencils to create themed inscriptions on the tiles of the bathroom, apron, or dining area in the kitchen. The text should be short and succinct, and occupy no more than a third of the wall surface. The inscription is often supplemented with drawings.
You can change the appearance of old tiles without stickers, panels, or paint. Popular technologies are used to decorate tired ceramics. The choice of method depends on the degree of neglect of the tile.
The budget option is used for plain, even ceramics. Alternating or repeating images creates the effect of decorative tiles. Before applying, the surface is thoroughly washed and degreased, otherwise the paper will stick unevenly.
Decorations can be made from napkins with patterns or print repeated motifs on a printer. Pictures are dipped in a bowl of warm water, then coated with PVA and glued to the tile. To fix the image, the top is covered with a transparent polyurethane varnish. The apron area is protected with glass.
The method is very similar to decoupage, only textiles are used in the design. The material is cut according to the shape of the tile into motifs. The surface of ceramics is degreased, covered with a layer of PVA (primed) and dried. Glue is applied to the tile with a brush, then a piece of cloth is applied and unevenness is smoothed out. After fixing all the parts, they are left to dry, then the result is fixed with acrylic varnish.
Three-dimensional decorations will help to change the surface of old tiles. Elements can be either single or in the form of a complex panel. The decor should not prevail, otherwise it will become intrusive and cumbersome. Small inclusions (blocks, corners) must be repeated throughout the room, echoing each other.
To create a three-dimensional decor, use beautiful shells and stones, beads and plastic motifs. Designers recommend combining mirror fragments and tiles. Often decorations are made from clay, creating different elements of the same picture. Sand or leaf prints will help you create the desired texture.
You don’t need to remove the tile to update the tile. On the surface of the walls, stickers, decoupage and three-dimensional decorations look beautiful. Bathroom and kitchen ceramics can be painted, painted with complex patterns, or made into stencil patterns. Properly selected technology will allow you to radically change the design without repair.