Thursday, January 17, 2013

DIY: Painting A Ceramic Tile Backsplash

Well, the project is complete! I know you might be wondering if this was worth it and if I'm glad I did it... the answer is yes!! I was so excited to modernize my tiles a bit and go for a cleaner, more updated look.  My tiles were white, which was great, but they had flowers scattered throughout the backsplash.

Before
 (This is an old picture with our previous wall color.)

And here is the tile, all painted and flowerless!
After






I can't even remember which tiles had the flowers! Here is a breakdown of the materials needed and some helpful tips:

- Scouring pad to lightly sand the tiles and smooth out the flower design. The flower tiles were a little bumpy where the design was, so I just used a Scotch Brite green scouring pad, and it worked fine.

- Microfiber dust cloth to remove the dust from the tiles after sanding.

- Blue painter's tape and drop cloths to protect your counters. I made sure to tape after the grout, so I could paint the grout that met the counter. That way, it's all uniform and looks realistic.

- 2" paint brush (Don't go cheap with this! Choose the best!)

- Small roller brush (Choose one that doesn't shed and has a small pile. You don't want to get paint trapped inside a fuzzy roller, causing a messy paint job.)

- A special bonding primer that bonds to glossy, special surfaces. The clerk at the paint store said this was the best option. (I always use Benjamin Moore paints for all of my projects!) Here is a close up picture of the primer:


Once you have two coats of this primer, your paint will stick very well. It will also be long lasting. My mom said it best:  With this primer on, you're on the same playing field as your walls. Well said! Now, my paint will be washable, scrubbable, like any wall! 

- Color Matched Paint with a sheen.

To get the exact color match, I took one of my cabinet drawers to the paint store. They can color match it exactly. As we all know and I have learned the hard way in the past, there are a million different shades of white paint! The clerk mixed my color with this paint.

Helpful Tips:

- Once your counters are protected and materials are out, start with the paint brush and prime the grout, first. Use a little paint on the brush, to make sure you don't full in the grout lines too much. It's better to do thin layers a couple of times, rather than one goopey layer. (Is goopey even a word? Spell check says no!) In the end, you want to make sure your backsplash still looks like tile and not fiberboard, trying to be tile.

- Wait 24 hours before applying the actual paint. This is important, because the bonding primer needs to fully dry and cure. I was so tempted to just finish in one day, since all of the materials were out. But, patience will pay off.

- When you start your painting the next day, lightly sand the tile again with the scotch brite pad. For some reason, my primer made little bubble marks on some of the tiles. I was so nervous about that! Don't worry, the sanding will help that and now- no bubbles!

- All in all, make sure you do at least 2 coats of primer and 2 of the paint. It's a pain in the neck and can be tedious, but then you're done!

Wow, this is a novel! It was a lot of work, but worthwhile projects always are.  :)
Total cost for this project... $48.00! In the future, I'm sure we'll replace it with something different, but I will enjoy this for a long time.

So how about you... would you try it??


I am linking this project up to Savvy Southern Style:


47 comments:

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Looks great! I've often wondered if I could paint my late 80's white kitchen tile floor?

www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

McKae @ Kaes Corner Design said...

It looks awesome! I seriously think I might do this.

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

this is amazing! you can't even tell the tiles have been painted and i love the outcome! great job!

Sarah Michaels said...

Looks terrific! So glad you are happy with the way it turns out. I am inspired!

emily said...

It looks great! You would never know there was anything there before!

Laurie said...

Wow it looks great. Kudos to you.

pam {simple details} said...

Wow, Amber! It looks so good, you'd never know what a great update, certainly worth the time and $$!

About Last Weekend said...

Wow! this was well worth doing - it looks like a different kitchen, so fresh. its amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

I had no idea this was possible. You've got guts!
Looks fantastic. I would not hesitate trying it after seeing your success.

modern jane said...

Wow Amber! It looks so much better! You can't even tell they were painted!

Kelly said...

Wow! Seriously that's amazing - what a time and money saver.

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Those look great..Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


Cheers,
Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

Anonymous said...

i think we have that exact same tile! may have to try this.

{Hi Sugarplum!} said...

What do you think about using it on ceramic floor tiles?! Yours looks great!

nanasewn said...

I would like toknow your exact process as I never get a good line of calk and it looks NASTY. thank you

Vicki K. said...

What a great result!!! Do I understand correctly that you painted on top of the grout first (with a smaller paint brush) and used the small roller over all?

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

To answer the question about the grout lines, we didn't add new grout, but pained over the existing grout. To get that perfect line, though, we always use painter's tape when painting near the grout. When you peel it off, the line is straight. That would work when applying new grout, too! :)

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Hi Vicki! You got it! I used the paint brush to get into the grout really well. I knew the roller wouldn't cober that area. Then, the roller works best for the tiles, creating that smooth, believable finish. When I used the roller, I'm sure I got it on the grout too. But, that's ok! It's just extra coverage. And let me tell you, I have scrubbed this tile to get sauce stains off and water has boiled many times on the stove. All is still very well! :)

Hilary Kimbel said...

Thanks so much for the awesome ideas! I have been trying to find creative things to do with ceramic tiles in ottawa for a while now... I definitely feel like this post has given me some clarity. Thanks so much again for posting!!!

Robbie Marinero said...

Yes, painting your backsplash is a great alternative to a quick tiling job. This way, you don’t have to spend much and take a lot of time in taking down the old tiles and installing new ones. =)

Julianne said...

Once the weather warms up we'll be painting our beige tile, beige grout and ugly, ugly accent tile. I can't wait! Thank you for the tutorial, I was able to bring my husband around to the idea with your help!

Lindsay said...

I saw your tutorial on Emily A. Clark a few weeks back. I did this to cover up my awful, old beige kitchen backsplash this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing - my kitchen looks so much better now!

http://livelaughloveandlindsay.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-story-of-white-backsplash.html

the cape on the corner said...

that is a great after! who knew you could even do this so easily.

Kenya Hampton said...

Looks great! I have been wanting to install a backsplash in my kitchen but never had the money. I finally have money to spare! I am so glad I saw your post so that I have some information. Do you happen to know of any places that sell high quality ceramic tiles in Calgary? If you do, please let me know! Thanks so much!

Rose Pipper said...

Thanks for sharing! I love your work! I wonder if I could do something like this with ceramic tile in Hamilton.

Tomi Wilhoit said...

Actually, painting the tiles is way cheaper than buying new backsplashes for your kitchen. Instead of spending a whole lot of money in removing your tiles, what you did here is simply amazing! Who would've thought about that? I'm sure frugal readers of your blog will go nuts about this!

sunheart said...

I am too happy with the way you describe it. This is an innovative suggestion and helpful for faster and better solutions. I am expecting better tiles options from Floor Tiles Manufacturer

Vicente said...

Add baking soda to the bag in your vacuum to fight odors.
carpet cleaning mesa

katysewell12 said...

I've been dying to redo my kitchen and your post has shown me a few ideas about remodeling that I intend to use. Would you happen to know of any place that sells ceramic tiles in Killeen, Tx ? If so, that would be so helpful.

Conrad Baumgartner said...

You entirely go with our expectation and the range of our information. Floor Gurus Flooring Specialists

1e297878-e224-11e2-824e-000f20980440 said...

I found a ceramic tile paint kit that comes with a bonding agent primer and can be used on wall or floor tiles. The site was refinishingonline.com and the results I got were magic. My tiles sparkle now and it was under $50.

Carson Sharein said...

WOW Amazing Blog for nice Cloection Discount Tiles in Australia.

supremebathrefinishing said...

If you keep submitting well written articles just like this then I will always keep returning back to your blog. Really good material.

Bathtub reglazing nj
Bathroom tile refinishing

supremebathrefinishing said...

I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to achieve my goals. I certainly love reading everything that is posted on your websiteand it helped me as well.keep it up.

Bathtub reglazing nj
Bathroom tile refinishing

supremebathrefinishing said...

I PREFER YOUR CURRENT ARTICLE DUE TO THE FACT IT IS QUITE GREAT FOR US.

Bathtub reglazing nj
Bathroom tile refinishing

Mosaic Tile Direct said...

I love your blog. This is a cool site and I wanted to post a little note to tell you, good job! Best wishes!!! Glass Mosaic Tiles

sonnjita said...

Condor MP952EP PCIE 1 slot parallel OXFORD - GB4
Shuttle Type: PCI Show
Chipset NO .: Oxford oxpcie952
Volume of Plug-ins: 1
Fittings: DB25 Parallel
Exchange Pace: 1. 5 Mbps
Measurements (mm): 60(W) x 80(L)
Surroundings Managing Temperature: -10C for you to 80C
Hard drive Temperature: -20C for you to 100C

For more detail : http://www.dueltek.com.au

John Scagaliano said...

Amber,

It has been just about 1 year since you have painted the tiles. How did they hold up?

John Scagaliano
My Tile Backsplash

jagdish said...

Thanks for sharing! I love your work! I wonder if I could do something like this with kitchen backsplash ideas.

Richie tappel said...

I haven't any word to appreciate this post. Really I am impressed from this post....the person who create this post it was a great human..thanks for shared this with us.
outdoor floor tiles

waseem khatri said...

I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to achieve my goals. I certainly love reading everything that is posted on your websiteand it helped me as well.keep it up. gifts

waseem khatri said...

Thanks for sharing! I love your work! I wonder if I could do something like this with http://www.smartphoneprojector.co/

waseem khatri said...

I PREFER YOUR CURRENT ARTICLE DUE TO THE FACT IT IS QUITE GREAT FOR US. Unusual Gifts

Shelly Slader said...

That looks great! I didn't know it was even an option to paint ceramic tile! My husband and I are considering putting some ceramic tile in our house this summer. Knowing that I can paint it later if needed is a big pro for me.
Shelly Slader | http://www.house-of-floors.com/prodcat.aspx?Id=3&page=27913

Dana Perez said...

This was really an awesome backsplash, I think installing some glass splashbacks could really help you on your design!

Jil Walters said...

Hello, I was very encouraged to find this site. The reason being that this is such an informative post.Really great blog keep it up.
Wall painting colours Nepal
Wall paint colours Nepal

Ashley Smith said...


Thanks for sharing your blog! Nice post! Great idea! If you want to have great design tiles for your indoor and outdoor take a look at http://designtiles.com.au/ because they offers a wide range of tile products, from indoor to outdoor tiles and many more. Visit our website now for more information!

Post a Comment

I truly appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! It means the world to me that you took the time to read my thoughts on design. Thanks so much!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...