Painting my Kitchen Backsplash

This post is not furniture related, but I had to share with you a quick project I finished this week that made an incredible difference in our kitchen.

If you read my most recent posts, you may remember we recently moved from Connecticut to Virginia and I’ve been super busy this summer trying to make some improvements to our new home, which we nicknamed “The Farmhouse”.

The kitchen in our new home was already nice when we bought the house, but the beige/brown wall colors made the space feel a little dark, and the unfortunate creamy color of the backsplash seemed to me a dirty/greasy white.

We repainted the walls in a very light gray (Behr Chic Gray), and although it made the space look much brighter, it also enhanced the horrible aspect of the backsplash.

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Since we won’t have money for a proper renovation any time soon, I decided to take my chances and paint the backsplash.

I hesitated a lot because I feared the painted tiles might look sloppy, and show ugly brush strokes (using my paint sprayer indoors in never an option). Also, I was wondering if the paint would adhere to the tiles or if it would start pealing after a few days.

I did some research and decided that to be on the safe side, I would use only products by brands I really trusted to be of high-quality, and wouldn’t let me down. It was a smart decision. This post is NOT sponsored by any of those brands, and my opinions are 100% based on my own experience with them.

I am so happy I finally tackled this! My only regret is not having done it sooner. Look at the difference!

BeforeAfterHere is what I used for this project.

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And here are all the steps…

-First I scrubbed the backsplash with water and a few drops of dish soap. Then I dried it and wiped the entire area with windex, which helps remove dirt and grease.

-Then I taped everything around the tile, to cover the areas I didn’t want to paint.

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After taping, I brushed the tiles with Fusion Mineral Ultra-Grip, which is a product specially developed to be applied on those tricky surfaces that may be problematic for paint adherence.  It is super easy to apply and it dries completely clear in just a few minutes.

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Applying Fusion Mineral Paint Ultra-Grip for better paint adherence.

Next I brushed Fusion Mineral Paint Lamp White, which is a beautiful grayish off-white. This paint is simply amazing! I only needed one coat to cover the whole area (you may need more coats if your tiles are dark), and it settled wonderfully on the tiles. No brush marks and no drippings.

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Brushing Fusion Mineral Paint – Lamp White
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I needed only one coat for full coverage.

It’s been hot here in Virginia so after 30 minutes the paint was completely dry and ready to receive the top coat, or sealer.

For that last step I used General Finishes High Performance Topcoat, satin.

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Applying General Finishes Top Coat, satin.

For all three steps I used the same paint brush (I obviously washed it well before switching to the next product). It is called Staalmeester paint brush and it’s yet another great product by Fusion. It definitely helped me achieve the smooth finish I wanted. The irregular marks you can see are just the texture of the tiles surface.

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Fusion Mineral Paint – Staalmeester flat paint brush

I finished the entire project in a little more than three hours and on the same evening I tested the surface by scratching it mercilessly with my nails and the paint remained impeccable!

Here is the final result. My kitchen even looks cleaner, doesn’t it?

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If you are considering painting your backsplash, my advice is, GO FOR IT!

Thanks for reading!

Patricia.

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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

30 thoughts on “Painting my Kitchen Backsplash

  1. Your kitchen looks much better Pat. I’m glad you shared this with us. We painted our kitchen tile a few years back because we were covering up the most ugly tile colors I’d ever seen and didn’t have the money for a tile job! We didn’t even know if it would work but it did albeit it wasn’t done well so it’s always been a thorn in my side. Planning on retiling with white subway tile soon because we have the money now but it’s still nice to know painting tile and it coming out so nicely is an option. Thanks again for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome! I was pleasantly surprised on how it worked, but I’m a little jealous that your are retiling yours, hehehe. There are wonderful options that I would love to have instead of just plain white tiles. Good luck on your project!

      1. Thanks Jaycee! Unfortunately it’s not recommended to paint areas that will get constantly wet. Paint won’t last long. I’d love to paint my shower tiles too but everywhere I read the advice is against it. Sad, right?

    2. Lisa, subway tiles are a great, and economical, choice. My husband and I used them in our bathroom re-do. Tiles were 22 cents each. Did it ourselves.

  2. Thanks again for a great post with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. We’ve been in an old rental for years (which we hope to one day buy) with some pretty hideous tile, but our landlady has been great about the rent and good about letting me paint or improve the place in other ways… Really tempted to approach her with this idea!

  3. Pat that is a huge improvement. I always hesitate to paint things that are too shiny because I think they the paint will scratch off. But now with this post you have taken the guess work out of doing something like this. In fact I may have a back splash that needs a little picker upper in the near future. Thanks for doing all the research. Btw, where do you get the Fusion paint from?

    1. Thanks Mary! That was my fear too. So far so good, and it seems it’s going to last a looong time.
      You can probably get Fusion in Europe (Amazon) but It may be be more expensive due to taxes. A real bummer. But I saw some online tutorials of painted backsplash with primer and latex paint.
      Bottom line, it works!

      1. We own a home that was built in the 60s, so we have one pink and one green tile bathrooms. Do you think this process would work on the ceramic tile on the walls?

      2. Hi Patsy, it’s not advisable to paint areas that will be constantly wet and humid, especially shower and tiles around a bath tub. Paint will not resist for long. That been said, I have seen a few online tutorials by people who painted their bathroom tiles, but they probably used other type of paint for that. Good luck!

  4. Nice Pat, it was neatly done. You’re kitchen looks so bright now and neat plus the plants you place on the counter helps a lot. Good job! Just want to know if Home Depot and Lowe’s carry those paint? Thanks.

    1. Thank you Maria!
      Unfortunately the large hardware stores don’t carry that brand.
      You can get it on Amazon by clicking on the highlight words I have on this post (they are quick links to the products) or go to fusion mineral paint website and search for a retailer near you.
      Good luck!

  5. I luv the look, what is the paint color of your kitchen. I’m wanting to paint my kitchen gray and have a half dozen samples, who knew.

  6. It looks great! I have the same style tile only in 80s pink/mauve! I’m so doing this! I wonder if you would recommend painting the tile countertop this way, as well?

    1. Thanks Lee!
      I would not recommend the same paint and process for countertops since they get a lot more water and traffic than the walls but I know there are specific lines of products made specific for countertops. If you don’t find it easily on google I can try to find the article I read once about it.
      Good luck!

  7. Do you think this paint would work on a vinyl floor? My bathroom floor in is good shape but discolored due to a cleaner I used. I would love to just paint it and not replace it!

    1. No Sandra, these products would not resist the high traffic of your floor tiles, but I know there are specific products to paint floors, and it will probably be cheaper than replacing them. Good luck!

    1. It will work, Wendy. In my experience, a very good paintbrush and a few drops of water in your paint help to give it a smooth finish. You can also try to use a best-quality mini-roller on the large areas then thin paint brushes on edges and details.
      If you’re still not sure, do a small hidden area first, such as behind your stove.
      Good luck!

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