Here is a money saving DIY trick for changing your tile backsplash! All you need is some paint and time! Read on to find out what I used for my painted tile backsplash. You’ll totally be surprised at the transformation!
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Painted Tile Backsplash
I finally did it! For less than $100, I changed my tile backsplash! I have been thinking about changing our kitchen backsplash for years, but with one and then two kids being born, it was last on the “To Do” list. I would dream about changing it here and there, picking out tile in my mind. Eventually I wanted to make it a reality. I stopped looking at tile because of the high cost, and started looking at less expensive alternatives. Stay tuned for my list of cheap backsplash update alternatives coming soon!
After doing a ton of research on Pinterest, because that’s where all of the experts go, I finally decided to go for it! Pinterest was chock full of great advice, in fact, it had so much advice on painting tile that I got a totally overwhelmed! Which direction do I go…do I sand or not sand, do I use latex or oil-based paint? Do I try spray painting it?
Where I got great advice
Since I knew that I wanted my painted tile backsplash to happen soon, I decided to play it old school and ask for advice at my local Benjamin Moore store. Imagine that! I actually talked to a real person for DIY advice instead of surfing the web! I’ve been going to this store for years, and they are so kind and helpful! If you live in the Mt. Laurel, NJ area, head to the Burlington Design Center for all things paint related! Tell them I sent you!
The owner, Mike, is full of great advice. He even talked me off the ledge when I started to panic halfway through my painted tile backsplash! I was in full flight or fight mode after one coat, because the paint didn’t look shiny at all, like AT ALL. When Mike got on the phone, he listened to what I had to say (without laughing at me), and began to explain that high-gloss paint has the least amount of surface coverage. This means that you’ll need several coats before covering what is beneath it. I was most likely seeing the old tile and primer coming through, and it wasn’t a clear representation of what was to come. He said to paint another coat, and let that dry to give the paint a fair chance. I’m so glad I listened to him! I have not been compensated for any of these products. They’re just great, so I wanted to share!
The Details to DIY Your Painted Tile Backsplash:
- TSP or Mineral spirits
- Rough sponge
- STIX primer
- High-gloss enamel latex paint
- Small paint roller for ultra smooth surfaces
- Paint brush
- Painter’s cloth or plastic for covering your counters
- Painter’s tape (optional)
You might want to test out a small area with the primer and paint. Or if you are like me, you can just go all in!
Remove all of the items on your counter. Wipe down the tile surface using a cleaning product that will remove grease, grime, and whatever else you might have on your backsplash. You can use TSP or Mineral Spirits. I used Mineral Spirits and it took everything right off. I dipped my rough sponge into the liquid and scrubbed at the tile.
Next, wipe down the tile with a rag and water. You want to remove the residue from the cleaning product you used. Let the surface dry.
Cover your countertops with a painter’s cloth or some kind of covering.
Starting at one end of the backsplash, use your small paint roller to roll on a thin coat of the STIX primer. Don’t try to paint too much at once. You will need to go back and edge in the paint using your paintbrush. Repeat this process until you reach the end of the backsplash. Let it dry and add a second coat.
Now you will roll on your high-gloss enamel latex paint. Yep, I said latex. I can assure you that this is a shiny and durable paint. Working in small sections use your roller to roll on the paint, and then cut in using your paintbrush. Once again, repeat until the tile is covered. Let it dry according to the directions, and then paint a second coat. You might want to do a third depending on how it looks. I decided to do a third, because I’m a belt and suspenders kind of gal.
Let it dry and do your happy dance, because that ugly tile is gone!!! Maybe it wasn’t ugly, but it just wasn’t your style. 🙂
To see what my kitchen looked like before we remodeled it, and what my experience was like on a DIY Network TV show, see my post, “My Experience on a DIY Network Reality TV Show!” In case it’s not clear, we had our kitchen renovated on a home improvement show!
Painted Tile Backsplash
(I took some of these pictures before I had recaulked.)
The tile was dark and a bit masculine for my taste. I actually did not get to choose the tile, because our kitchen was remodeled for a TV show on the DIY Network. If you want to read more about my experience on the show, click HERE!
The painted tile might not be perfect, but it does exactly what I was hoping it would, brighten up the space! I’m planning to add other elements to lighten up the space even more. My birthday is coming up, and I’m hoping to ask for some wallpaper! If you are looking to change your backsplash for a small amount of money, I would definitely recommend using these products. This is a great quick fix on a low budget!
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