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How I Painted My Tiled Kitchen Backsplash

January 22, 2019
We have been talking about renovating our kitchen ever since we moved into this house…so that’s over 3 years of cussing and discussing.  We go back and forth because it’s not the worst kitchen you’ve ever seen, however, there are some changes I would like to make.  But then something comes up, or we get busy and put it on the back burner.
Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com
Kitchen renovation talk has recently come up again.  I love that our kitchen is all white, but it’s very dated, and there are things I would love to change.  Ideally, I would love new cabinets that extended to the ceiling (getting rid of that soffit), a new countertop with an extended bar area for counter height bar stools, a farmhouse sink, new backsplash, and updated appliances.  So, the practical husband is asking WHY would we pay all of that money to have ANOTHER white kitchen?  Because it’s better I tell him.  But, he’s not super into that answer.  Go figure!  ha!
So, now we are trying to come up with a compromise.  I really love the look of marble, but we would have to go with quartz for the durability.  The interior of our house is painted grey, Mindful Grey by Sherwin Williams.  A grey backsplash has entered the convo, and would tie into the grey veining throughout the countertop, but I am worried that would be too much of the same.  So, navy has come up from time to time.  We both like blues, and most of our house has some shade of blue in every room.  It’s a color that I will never tire of, but I am still a little worried to commit to a blue backsplash.  The solution?…I decided to paint our existing backsplash to
give it a whirl and see how we like it!
Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com
I had previously planned to paint the tile floor in our entryway, I’m talking like over a year ago.  I purchased all of the supplies for it, and I was ready to start…if only I could find the time.  I kept hesitating because I knew it was going to take several days, or more like a week of working on it after the kids went to bed.  Plus our front door would be out of commission during that time.  Well, it never happened.  The supplies sat in our basement and collected dust.  Until this past weekend when I got a wild hair and thought I would finally put them to use!
Since we are planning to renovate at least part of the kitchen (if not all of it), painting the backsplash wasn’t so scary considering it will most likely be a temporary solution.  But honestly, I love the way it turned out, so I wouldn’t be too terribly disappointed if we end up stalling the renovations a little longer!
So, HOW?  Well, I will tell you!  I got my original inspiration from Mysha at Remington Avenue, when she painted her bathroom tile with a cement tile stencil.  It was so cute, and I proceeded to order a stencil for my tile entryway.  I did a few things differently, so I’ll share below the steps I took.
Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com
Step 1:
Clean the Surface
It’s super important to clean the area thoroughly, especially if you are working in the kitchen where grease has probably splattered!  I used TSP Substitute to wash down the backsplash.   I gave it two good washes to make sure it was squeaky clean.
Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com
Step 2:
Degloss
Mysha recommended sanding the tile with sandpaper, but I didn’t feel like it was doing anything.  Maybe it has to do with the type of tile you have, but I happened to have some deglosser from a previous project, so I used it for the backsplash.
Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com

Step 3
It’s important to use painter’s tape to protect the areas where you don’t want paint to run or drip.  I even used some brown contractor paper to cover part of my countertop and it was helpful in catching the drips.
Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com
Step 4
Trim
I used a small, flat craft paintbrush to trim out the edges.  This was much easier because my roller didn’t reach to the edges and corners.  A foam brush would also work well.
Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com
Step 5
Paint
Using a foam roller, I painted a thin layer of interior latex paint in the color Lost at Sea by Sherwin Williams.  Let it dry completely between layers.  The first coat will look awful (as seen above), but don’t fear!  I ended up painting three coats of the navy paint to get the coverage I was wanting.
Step 6
Retape
This step is annoying but it’s important.  You will want to carefully remove all of your tape (use a utility knife if you need to), then retape prior to applying the polyurethane sealant.  The reason this is so important is because you may accidentally tear or pull off some of the paint, so you will want to touch it up prior to sealing it.  I used my same flat craft brush to fix any imperfections in the blue paint.  Also, If possible, try to retape slightly way from the paint line to ensure the edge of the paint is sealed with the poly.
Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com
Step 7
Seal
I have read several different blogs by people who have painted their tile.  They all seemed to use a different type of coating, but most were just a form of polyurethane.  The key is doing several thin coats and allowing it to fully dry between coats.  Since this backsplash won’t get a lot of wear and tear like a floor would, I was lazy and just did two coats, but if I was applying it on a floor, I would do several.
Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com
I had previously purchased the Seal Krete brand floor coating because it is made for garage floors, and I figured if it was strong enough to drive a car over, it was strong enough to withstand some foot traffic.  It’s probably more than sufficient for this kitchen backsplash.  I rolled it on with the same type of foam roller I used for the paint.

Step 8
Caulk (optional)
If you find that the paint does not leave a clean line where it meets the countertop, you can fix that by running a thin line of white caulk to cover the seam.  

And that’s it!  All in all, it was a fairly easy project.  Time consuming in that I had to wait for each coat to dry thoroughly before I could move on, but nothing about this project was difficult.  And for under $100, it is quite the transformation!

Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com

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