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Saltillo Tiles Get A Cosmetic Makeover

25 Mar Saltillo Tiles Get A Cosmetic Makeover

#DIY - A little bit of paint is all this kitchen really needed | @DLRheinThe question is…how do you create continuity in a home where a bunch of different eras and styles converge upon one?  The structure of the house is Mediterranean, the kitchen is country, the clients taste is black and white everything.  And how do you do all of this within a budget?  Without gutting the kitchen and tearing out floors and tile, I relied on paint.  Paint can cure all ailments.

The kitchen tiles were covered with country style farm animals.  Those had to go.  However, without tearing out the tiles, I had to think of how to achieve this.  Then I remembered when I was an apartment dweller(back in the day), I used an epoxy type paint to conceal stains, mildew, mold, as well as touch ups.  When Danny and I moved into our first home on Benedict Canyon, one of the bathrooms had a horrible sink straight out of the 20’s.  The sink was an awful shade of pink-mauve.  The epoxy paint was the perfect solution to turn that sink into a clean, shiny white, modernest wonder.

An Easy Makeover with Big Results | @D.L. Rheinbefore

So after discussing the to do list and budget with, my friend and client,  “BM’s”, I knew it was another opportunity to work with epoxy paint.  I used the paint to transform the tiles, the sinks, and the floors; the Saltillo tile floors.  To rip out and replace the tile floors, would have blown our budget. Instead, my team and I developed a floor finish that combined a resin and an epoxy in jet black. I was amazed at the transformation and realized that it really doesn’t take much to do a cosmetic makeover.

#Saltillotiles get a new look to an updated kitchen | @DLRheinafter

25 Comments
  • jamie levitt
    Posted at 18:39h, 25 March

    Beautiful work Deb!
    Very clean and sharp.
    Love it!

  • Karena
    Posted at 14:34h, 26 March

    This is a WOW!!

    I love black and whie and hd no idea you could paint over tile in traffic area?? !!

    Beautiful Kitchen!

  • Amy
    Posted at 15:37h, 20 March

    LOVE the floors! (and the entire kitchen!) Gorgeous!!! We have the same floor issue in our kitchen. Ugly, damaged, saltillo tile floors, and virtually no budget to do anything about it! 🙂 I was wondering if you would mind sharing the step-by-step process for the epoxy tile transformation! I am dying to try it!!!

    • Deborah Rhein
      Posted at 18:29h, 21 March

      Thank you! We love doing remodels, always a solution to everything needing a make-over.

    • Linda
      Posted at 02:31h, 08 May

      Did you get the step-by-step process? If so, did it work? Am anxious to hear if you were successful!!

  • Mindy
    Posted at 15:59h, 21 March

    I would love the step by step process…we have hideously ugly tile in our new/old home and would love to give this a try!! Thank you!!

  • Vickie
    Posted at 18:47h, 14 May

    Were tring to buy a house but it has 3 baths that are stright out the 60″s I need sept by step instrucions and name of paint u used.

  • Lindsey
    Posted at 13:50h, 26 May

    I would also like to know what paint was used and the instructions as well. Looks wonderful!!

  • Sheri
    Posted at 21:06h, 14 July

    Just saw the epoxy-resin floor redo on Pinterest. Please give me the details to redo my kitchen and bathroom floors–this will work over vinyl tile?
    Thank you

  • Monica
    Posted at 03:30h, 26 August

    I LOVE the end results. Please share your step-by-step process 🙂

    • admin
      Posted at 20:31h, 06 October

      Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your interest in our kitchen tile makeover. We just did the same thing on bathroom tiles. Please visit the following link for our simple step by step process

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  • Cindy
    Posted at 03:04h, 23 October

    Please, please send me step by step

  • Gina
    Posted at 18:33h, 11 January

    Gorgeous!!! PLEASE tell me how I can paint my 18 yr old Saltillo floors! I am in awe!

  • pamela
    Posted at 18:45h, 29 January

    I was wondering if you would mind sharing the step-by-step process for the epoxy tile transformation!

  • Sarah Boyce Collier
    Posted at 22:09h, 14 May

    This is truly amazing! I have done a lot of research recently in order to paint the saltillo floor in the kitchen and baths of our new house. I’m curious to know how these painted floors have held up over time. It seems like there would be some normal wear and tear because it’s the kitchen and it’s painted tile, but how much? If the floor paint is going to wear off after 6 months, I’m trying to decide if it’s worth going through the process (i’m planning to do it myself). If it has worn off, was it worth it (because it looks incredible!) for the time it did last (if that makes sense)? Any info would be so helpful. Thank you!!

    • Jessica Young
      Posted at 18:57h, 15 May

      Hi Sarah, It holds up quite well, but like any thing painted that is being walked on, it will wear over time. Our client’s floors are still looking great. I would suggest a professional in your area to do this process, not an easy or DIY project. Thanks! – D.L. Rhein

  • Lisa Mezik
    Posted at 18:41h, 16 October

    I would love the steps and the material used. The link provided above is broken.

  • Jacque
    Posted at 22:58h, 11 August

    Your floor looks great. Will you be willing to give up your mix? How much epoxy and resin ? we have Saltillo floors and would love to paint them black.
    Thanks Jacque

    • Jessica Young
      Posted at 20:31h, 01 September

      Hi, a contractor did that for us years ago, not sure about the mix. I would consult a professional in your area.