Tuesday, 20 October 2015

painted tile backsplash-cover those ugly tiles!

painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com


So here we are, another week, another kitchen post, but there's just one more after this and then I'm done, promise! I'm ready to be done with this series, and in future I think I'll post tutorials as they happen and then recap with a full reveal whenever I get it together enough to do that. I feel like I have to finish all these kitchen posts before I move on and it's kinda stifling my creativity ya know? *gag!



So yeah, I'm ready to move on, and I know that 'cos I've started glaring at the playroom like it's my arch-nemesis every time I pass it. All of a sudden a space I didn't even notice before is keeping me awake at night, so it's going to happen soon, and I think it's gonna be a good one! I know exactly what I want to do in there and I think it'll come together really quickly once I can find a day that I can offload the monsters on an unsuspecting grandparent for a few hours.


I'm coming for you playroom, brace yourself.


Aaaaaaaaanyway, slightly unhealthy focus on the playroom aside, today I'm going to talk about painting the tile backsplash in the kitchen. 

Honestly this was one of the most surprising (and satisfying!) projects I did in here. It's worked out really well, in that it looks great and so far (two months later) is holding up extremely well, even with steam etc being blasted at it on a regular basis.


In case you're new, or have the attention span of a goldfish, here's what we were working with......


painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com


painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com


Nothing terrible, but definitely not my style. They had to go, and even though we could have afforded to re-tile the backsplash, we couldn't afford to do the whole kitchen, and so we decided to just do everything in here as cheaply as possible, with the intention of saving up to do the full re-vamp we would really like at some point in the not too distant future. This meant I got to try out all the seemingly crazy but effective things I'd seen on pinterest, like painting tile. Bonus! 

I'm not the only one who gets excited by the prospect of something that you really can't ruin right? RIGHT?!


This is what we ended up with....


painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com



Before: the nineties want their tiles back.


painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com


After: My eyeballs are no longer assaulted every time I walk in here.


painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com



So, the method went as follows:


1) Clean everything to within an inch of it's life, and then tape off anywhere you're worried about ruining due to overspray, accidental splashes, or in my case, just plain laziness.



painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com
If this bad photography offends you, look away now, 'cos it's about to get worse. Often photography has to take a back seat to getting sh*t done!


2) Cut in with primer (I use Zinssner) along the grout lines and then fill in by going back over everything with a roller. Make sure to give long enough to dry properly.



painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com



3) Try out a spray paint that claims it will do the job and quickly realise that once again, you should have gone with your gut and used the regular oil based paint. Gah! Seriously, from now on I'm just doing what i think will work first, regardless of whether it's what you're supposed to do or how much the people in B&Q look at me like I'm crazy when they ask me what I'm using the paint for!
painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com
Lies!!!!!



After one coat of this stuff I realised that I would need at least five cans to do the job properly, and they were €13 each.....




painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com


Plus it was NOT shiny, at all......


painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com



And when I tentatively scratched it with my non-existant, sad little stump of a fingernail, this happened. (Serioulsy, I can't even scratch myself with these things, paint should really safe from them!)


So that's a fail all round then. *sigh*


Cut to me in a fit of rage at the thought of my carefully planned timeline for updating this kitchen being thrown off by a stupid can of spray paint, slapping on some white gloss that I found out in the shed, in 30 minute window where miraculously both children forgot I existed.



painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com
When in doubt...grab the oil based gloss.


Worked like a charm. I love it when a plan comes together! Erm....anyway, it was shiny, and durable, and only needed one coat. The timetable was back on track! Woohoo!




painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com


I gave it twenty four hours to dry, and tried to avoid scrubbing it for a couple of days to let it sure (oil based paint takes a while to really harden properly all the way through, the longer you leave it, the stronger it will be) 

It's glossy, it's bright, and so far I have had zero problems with it, and I've been treating it exactly like I did the old tile. It's been cleaned, had food, water, and steam attacking it, and I have been genuinely surprised that it hasn't lifted or peeled anywhere. In fact, I'm so impressed with it that I'm thinking of painting the floor in the utility room with the same type of paint, rather than the specialised floor paint I used in here.



painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com



painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com


So there you have it! It's hugely effective as changes go, and once I figured out what paint to use it was so quick and easy to do. I would definitely, definitely do this again. I love it.


painted kitchen tile backsplash, cheap and easy update for dated tile. www.makedoanddiy.com



What do you think? Is this something you would try?

I just have the contact paper counter tops left to post about and then it's on to something new, but you're going to want to hear about those counters, they're definitely the biggest diy surprise I've had so far!





If you liked this I'll bet you'd like:

The €200, one week kitchen makeover
How to paint a tile floor (and what you should think about before you do)
A quick and easy dishwasher update
Adding interest by blinging up your toe-kicks
and
My dining room built-ins Ikea hack

Trust me! ;)


11 comments:

  1. Again, what a change!!! I've used spray paint before for interiors stuff, and it hasn't always turned out the best. Fair play for going with high gloss! I wouldn't have thought of using that, but when you actually think about it it makes such perfect sense! Oh man, your backsplash looks SO much better! Your kitchen seriously looks brand new and all you did was paint it or cover it in stuff :P So jealous we can't touch our kitchen.

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  2. This is amazing! We're about to move into our first house and the kitchen is a very similar style, very 90's, with blue marble worktop (laminate), similar cupboards, and nineties square tiles that are cream, yellow and orange. Thank you for the inspiration and tips! I've seen a similar marble sticky back in B and Q, just need to convince partner this is a good idea :)

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    1. It's a great idea! Tell him I said so! lol. Honestly though, these projects have very little in the way of cons, they may not be a permanent solution, but until you can afford to fit a new kitchen they do the trick ;) I was honestly surprised myself how well both the splashback and the counter turned out, and as of right now they're still both going strong with no problems :)

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  3. Just discovered your blog having just bought my first home. Its brilliant, well done! Im off to read a load more of your posts for inspiration :)

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    1. Thank you! That's lovely to hear :D Good luck with your new home!

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  4. I hate the bathroom tiles... do you reckon this will work in the bathroom? especially the tiles near the bath and shower>

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    1. Are we talking actually IN the shower, or just near it? I think it would probably work, maybe do a couple of really thin coats to make sure there isn't any cracking. There is tile paint on the market, but I haven't used it (except in the can, which I hated) so I can't say if that would work better. Honestly, in my experience oil based gloss is pretty much bullet proof.

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  5. Hi! Any ideas for an outdated tile counter top?

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    1. Hi Beth :) If you're in the U.S there are definitely products available for painting tile that's going to get a lot of abuse (E.U restrictions mean we don't have access to a lot of the lovely chemicals here that they have elsewhere!). Live Love DIY has a tutorial for painting tile counters, you should check it out.

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  6. Hi! New reader here! Do you have a post about how you updated the counter, looks different in the before and after. I'm gearing up to purchase my first home within the next year (so budget is lowwwwww), I love your blog!

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    1. Thank you! Yep, there's a post on the counter makeover, it's my most popular one actually ;)

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