HAVE YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF A WHITE BACKSPLASH, BUT IT JUST ISN’T IN THE BUDGET TO CHANGE IT AT THE MOMENT? FOLLOW ALONG FOR A STEP BY STEP GUIDE ON PAINTING THE TILE TO BE WHAT YOU WANT IT TO BE, FOR NEXT TO NOTHING.
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I’m all for renovating, when possible. However, there are many times (more often than not, probably) where the renovation just isn’t feasible at the moment.
The logical thing to do would probably be to save up and wait… Nah. I’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen now, even if it means compromising temporarily.
You don’t need any expertise for this project… If you can hold a paintbrush, you can do it.
- 1-2-3 Zinsser Primer (white)
- blue painters tape
- white paint (or any color you choose) from your local hardware store
- clear finishing coat (optional)
PREP YOUR SPACE
Make sure you scrub the backsplash really well. It’s important to make sure there isn’t any grease or food, etc.
I personally would cover the counters with paper/plastic and painters tape to hold it in place. Also, tape around the tile to protect the cabinets and walls.
** If there is anything that won’t come off of the tile, try rubbing lemon essential oil. on it with a paper towel.
Once the tiles are wiped down, it’s time to prime. That wasn’t supposed to rhyme…
(prep is my least favorite part… I like to jump right into the fun stuff),
Shake your primer, take off the lid. Dip your paintbrush in and start painting!
I had glass tiles to start, so the first few coats of primer were more so just to give the paint something to adhere to. Don’t expect it to look finished, because it probably won’t. Just get a couple of smooth coats and try to get it to look somewhat covered.
Once you’ve done several coats of primer, get your final paint out (we used a shelf white, but I would love to go over it again with a warmer white).
Your tiles should look semi covered already, from the primer. Give them a few coats of the final paint color of your choice. They should look completely covered and finished by the end of this step.
This is a step that I haven’t actually done yet (8 months later…). However, I would highly recommend finishing this project with a poly-acrylic. I linked a matte one above, but if you would rather a glossy look, I would pick a glossier finish. This clear coat will just help to seal everything and protect the paint. I, personally, would apply several clear coats.
My tile still looks great 8 months later without a clear coat, but it’s on my list to do soon.
Once your final coat is dry, remove all tape and paper/plastic. That’s it! Super simple and such a drastic transformation.
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The possibilities for your backsplash are honestly endless.
You could use a stencil if they’re larger tiles, a grout pen to make the grout a different color, a black and white checkered pattern… Be creative and follow your heart!
PIN FOR LATER
Wow! I had no idea you could paint tile! I do love my offwhite subway tile in my kitchen! Yours look great!
I was advised against it several times, lol. I do wish mine was a little warmer of a white, like it sounds like yours is. Someday I would love real subway tile, but for now, this will do!
Angela Rogers says
Great idea for a quick change! I bet it really brightens up the room! The paint and primers can do wonders now! Good job:)
Thanks, Angela! I totally agree.
Great way to refresh. I have a ceiling tile backsplash, it is shiny metal, I have often thought about painting it white…maybe I will.
You can’t go wrong painting anything white… Just my opinion though, I guess 😉
How mad would my husband be if I did this to my backsplash? I am sooo tempted! Love this idea. ❤️
He’d probably get over it 😉 So much cheaper than new tile, so my husband didn’t mind all that much haha.
Angela Jackson says
nice work! looks great!
Kym Hretz says
The results are fantastic! I wonder if this would work on my 1962 half bath tile floor. It a weird peachy-pink and is several projects down the line.
Hi Kym! There are a lot of tutorials on Pinterest about paint tile floors, specifically. But I have seen lots of people do it with great results.
The backsplash came out beautiful!! Love this idea, sich a great low cost transformation
Thanks, Jayme! Totally agreed!
Wendy, Little House Simple Living says
This came out great! I love how it flows with your cabinetry!
Thanks, Wendy! I love it too.