How to Paint a Tile Backsplash

How to Paint a Tile Backsplash

How about we finally wrap up these kitchen rehab posts?! Finally. I know! If you need to catch up, you can read all about how I painted my cabinets without sanding them here and see the finished kitchen here. Painting the cabinets made a huge difference and lightened up our kitchen so much! But I knew from the beginning that the backsplash needed a fresh look too.

How to Paint a Tile Backsplash

Here’s a before and after. The backsplash just didn’t “pop” against the cabinets. ;) I thought about putting in a white subway tile, but then it started to feel like every Pinterest kitchen I’ve seen over the last 5 years! I do love the white-on-white look, but it didn’t feel right for our house. That’s when the brilliant idea hit me (HA!) – I could paint it any color I wanted. And if it was a disaster, then I could look at putting in something else. I mean, why not?! Living on the edge, people. That’s what this is.

How to Paint a Tile Backsplash

It definitely “POPS” now. Don’tcha think?!

How to Paint a Tile Backsplash

It’s very pink! Did I mention that I thought I hated pink now? I don’t even know myself anymore.

How to Paint a Tile Backsplash

Supplies:

TSP All Purpose Heavy Duty Cleaner
Zinsser Bulls Eye Primer
Valspar Anti-Rust Armor Gloss Oil Based Enamel Paint
Jasco Mineral Spirits
All Purpose Flat Paint Brush
– Painter’s Tape

The drawer knob template was for adding the knobs to all the drawers and doors. For the record, that little gadget made the job SO easy!

How to Paint a Tile Backsplash

Here are the super easy steps I used to paint my backsplash:

  1. Opened the windows and put on a mask, because everything I used was stinky.
  2. Cleaned the tile with TSP. This stuff is no joke! I just mixed a small batch and used the rough side of a sponge to get all the dust, grease, and who knows what else off the tile. It’s important to paint on clean tile! Then I let it dry for the rest of the day.
  3. Taped every edge with painter’s tape. I’m a messy painter, but even if you’re slow and precise, this stuff makes any job easier.
  4. Then I painted a coat of primer and let it dry overnight. This stuff was awesome! It covered the tile in one coat.
  5. Last step was painting on the color. A couple of thoughts on this – I don’t like using oil based paints, because they smell bad and are harder to work with (in my opinion), but I knew it was the best product for this project! So I had the paint tinted at Lowe’s while trying to explain to the paint guy that I was painting my backsplash pink. He kept saying, “This is definitely the best paint for that… but you’re sure? PINK?!” I chose gloss, because I wanted the paint to have a high-shine/wet look. I thought I’d need two coats of color, but after doing one I was totally happy with the coverage. So that was it! I let it dry overnight then went back with a tiny brush and filled in a few spots I had missed in the grout. It was tricky getting the paint on thick enough without having drips, and I couldn’t go back over areas after a few minutes, because they were already starting to dry a little. You have to work fast!

The paint was a little sticky for several days and at some point during that time Kingston got curious and scraped at the paint with his fingernail. It came off a little, and I was worried that this wasn’t the best plan ever after all. But I’m happy to report that I tried the fingernail scrape myself yesterday (had to make sure I covered every angle for this post!) and I couldn’t get any paint to come off. It’s on there good, and I think it just needed to completely cure to bond to the tile correctly.

How to Paint a Tile Backsplash

I’m so happy with how the backsplash turned out and really feel like it was a small step that gave the entire kitchen the look I had in mind. If you’re looking for an easy, inexpensive way to update your kitchen, give this a try before ripping out your backsplash! It’s just paint!

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