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.
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!
Here is what I used for this project (this post contains a few affiliate links).
- Soapy water and windex and for cleaning
- Painter’s Tape
- Fusion Mineral Paint Staalmeester Flat Paint Brush
- Fusion Mineral Paint Ultra Grip
- Fusion Mineral Paint – Lamp White
- General Finishes High Performance Topcoat, Satin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
If you are considering painting your backsplash, my advice is, GO FOR IT!
Thanks for reading!
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