Learn how to paint tile backsplash with this simple to follow tutorial. A great way to give your current backsplash a new look.
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.
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?
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.
Step 2: Next I used 220 grit sandpaper to scuff the surface of the tiles.
I removed the dust using 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.
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.
Step 5: Time to paint the tile backsplash.
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)
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.
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.
Step 8: Allow paint to dry for 12 hours.
Step 9: For extra durability and for a little sheen, I applied Fusion Mineral Tough Coat over the painted tile backsplash.
I gently mixed the bottle of Tough Coat by gently rolling it, then I poured some of it into a container.
I applied Tough Coat on the tile backsplash using a damp foam brush.
Step 10: Allow Tough Coat to dry approximately 4 hours.
Apply a second coat if desired.
Ready to see my tile backsplash makeover?
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?
How it looks now:
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!