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How to Paint Tile Backsplash

Learn how to paint tile backsplash with this simple to follow tutorial. A great way to give your current backsplash a new look.

Painted tile backsplash.

Last year I shared with you how to paint kitchen cabinets. If you recall I mentioned that I wanted to do something with my backsplash.

1960's kitchen cabinets updated with paint.

I would have loved to change my counter and backsplash, but that just wasn’t in the budget for now. However, I did find a solution for the backsplash!

I painted the colored tiles to match the upper cabinets! Woot Woot! 

It was fun and really easy to do!

Do you want to learn how to paint tile backsplash too?

Painted tile backsplash.

Thank you to Fusion Mineral Paint for providing us with your products for this project. We are extremely grateful for their support.

How to paint tile backsplash


  • Fusion TSP Solution by Fusion Mineral Paint
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Shop towels
  • 220 sandpaper
  • Ultra Grip by Fusion Mineral Paint
  • Foam brush
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paint brush
  • Microfiber roller
  • Fusion Mineral Paint (Color of choice, I used Raw Silk.)
  • Tough Coat by Fusion Mineral Paint


Step 1: I started by cleaning the tiles with Fusion TSP solution.

I mix the Fusion TSP solution with water in a spray bottle. I find it a lot easier to use it this way.

I sprayed the TSP solution on the tiles I wanted to paint and wiped them with shop towels.

Spray bottle with Fusion Mineral Paint TSP solution.
Applying TSP solution onto backsplash with a spray bottle.
Backsplash with TSP solution.
Wiping away TSP solution from tile.
Drying tile with a shop towel.

Step 2: Next I used 220 grit sandpaper to scuff the surface of the tiles.

I removed the dust using a shop towel.

Sanding tile with sandpaper.
Removing dust from tile with a shop towel.

Step 3: To allow the paint to adhere even better to the tile, I applied a coat of Fusion Mineral Paint Ultra Grip onto the tiles using a foam brush.

Bottle of Fusion Mineral Paint Ultra Grip next to a container with a foam brush inside.
Dipping foam brush into Ultra Grip.
Applying Ultra Grip onto tile with a foam brush.
Tile covered in Ultra Grip.

I let the Ultra Grip dry for 12 hours.

Step 4: To protect the grout around the tiles, I applied painter’s tape around the perimeters of the tiles.

Tile with painter's tape around it.

Step 5: Time to paint the tile backsplash.

Bottle of Fusion Mineral Paint in front of the tile that will be painted.

I used a paint brush to apply the first coat of paint. I used the same paint as I used for my upper cabinets, Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk.

Using the same method as my barn quilt door, I painted the contour of the tile overlapping a little over the painter’s tape, then I proceeded to paint the entire tile.

Painting the contour of the painter’s tape helps seal the painter’s tape into place, preventing the paint from bleeding through the sides.

(I realize the photo below doesn’t really show the contour being painted first. haha My daughter wanted to paint the tile and I didn’t have a chance to tell her to start with the contour before she started painting it. haha)

Painting tile.
Tile painted with first coat.

Step 6: After letting the paint dry for 2 hours, I applied a second coat of paint.

I applied the second coat with a microfiber roller to the tiles to give them a smoother finish.

Applying second coat of paint onto the tile with a microfiber roller.

Step 7: As soon as I was finished applying the second coat of paint, I removed the painter’s tape around the tiles.

Removing the painter’s tape while the paint is wet prevents the paint from peeling off with the tape.

Removing the painter's tape from contour of tile.

Step 8: Allow paint to dry for 12 hours.

Tile without the painter's tape.

Step 9: For extra durability and for a little sheen, I applied Fusion Mineral Tough Coat over the painted tile backsplash.

Fusion Mineral Paint Clear Tough Coat.

I gently mixed the bottle of Tough Coat by gently rolling it, then I poured some of it into a container.

Pouring Fusion Mineral Paint Clear Tough Coat into a container.

I applied Tough Coat on the tile backsplash using a damp foam brush.

Applying Tough Coat onto tile backsplash with foam brush.

Step 10: Allow Tough Coat to dry approximately 4 hours.

Apply a second coat if desired.

Allowing Tough Coat to dry.

Ready to see my tile backsplash makeover?

Painted Tile Backsplash

Kitchen makeover with painted tile backsplash.
Kitchen makeover with painted tile backsplash.

Doesn’t the tile backsplash look so much better without the colored tiles?

I’m absolutely thrilled with how it turned out!

It was so easy to paint the tile backsplash and so much cheaper than changing it all.

Did you notice that Emanuelle made me a macrame valance for my kitchen window? YAY!! I love it!!

There are two other new things in the kitchen…. a new stainless range hood and new flooring!!!

The kitchen is really coming together! I think the only thing left is to get new lights and possibly add lighting under the counters.

Do you remember what my 1960’s kitchen looked like before we started working on it?

1960's kitchen before getting a makeover.

How it looks now:

Kitchen makeover with painted tile backsplash.

A little paint sure can make a great change, right?

P.S. If you like my dining table and would like to update yours, check out my how to paint a table and stain a tabletop tutorial.

Have a wonderful day my friends and thanks so much for dropping by!


Paul Gordon

Monday 9th of November 2020

Hi Сhristine, Your kitchen began to look very nice and cozy. I missed your post "How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets". A lot of work has been done, but the result is worth it!


Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Hi christine, this looks amazing! I have these old dated square tiles around a fireplace. pinning!

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