PAINTING A TILE BACKSPLASH

November 20, 2017

Full on demo-ing and removing an ugly tile backsplash is a bit labor intensive. A much simpler option is just painting that loser. It made me so happy and was very quick, I wish I had done it sooner. Sidenote: I have never really understood the real need for backsplashes. I cook a ton and even with using our kitchen heavily I’m not so routinely getting things on the walls that I’m like this needs to be crazy more durable than just a normal wall with a high gloss finish.

So maybe I will rip this out all the way one day. But before I can rip anything out down the road, I wanted to cheaply and easily eliminate the ugliness of this tile right now.

Ours was a beige-y, swirl-ish eye sore. When I took these photos originally, I tried to minimize it by brightening them, but yeah. It is still there. In powerful force.

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I prepped the tile by getting it super clean via my great love, this mrs. meyer’s multi-purpose rosemary stuff. Then I rolled and brushed on zinsser ultimate stain blocker shellac primer. That is oil based, so prepare for that with ventilation. But it gets a really good prime and stick so that the top coat of paint goes on the tile very well.

Then I rolled on three coats of this outdoor porch and patio paint! As you may have noticed this is both not a porch nor floor. But using this gives it a hard, strong, glossy finish. The color is “ultra pure white” and it is in “gloss” for sheen.

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Some say you need to use really intense materials to paint tile, and that is perhaps true for floors, but with this backsplash I have had no problems using these easy products. No chips!

This change made such a difference in the feel. I used to think our cabinets were pretty much white because they were more white than the backsplash and counter used to be. But now that it is the last beige man standing, in person they look straight up canary yellow. Can’t wait to say bye to them!

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PAINTING A TILE BACKSPLASH

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This was a day I had a yummy crockpot soup happening and felt particularly november cozy and proud of my strong, glossy, new, white tiles.

So far our kitchen has been lots of lightweight fixes, and in the new year we are doing the big stuff! That will be a HUGE TURNING POINT of when our first floor goes to feeling more done than not.

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