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How to Paint a Kitchen Backsplash

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Does your old, dated tiled backsplash make you cringe every time you walk into your kitchen? Did you know that you can solve that problem in one weekend with a can of paint? This is an easy solution for those of you who maybe rent and can’t replace the backsplash or for those of you who just simply can’t afford this kitchen renovation right now.

Step 1

Remove switch plates and clean everything off the counters and around the backslash.

Step 2

The first step in painting your back splash is to scrub down the tile. Just regular Dawn dish soap and water with a scrub sponge can do a world of wonders in removing all of the built-up grease and grime that might be on those tiles.

Step 3

After all the grease and grime has been scrubbed off you will want to lightly sand everything. You will not need to be excessive at sanding. Just sand the tiles enough to give the primer something to grab onto. As soon as you are done sanding, you will want to wipe off all of the tiles and clean off any dust and debris from sanding.

Step 4

Once the area is completely dry, say about 24 hours later, you will need to tape off the area around your backsplash where you don’t want to get any paint. This could also include taping down old newspaper or butcher paper on your counter tops to protect them from the paint.

Step 5

Find a really good brand of primer and give your tiles a nice coat. If your tile has grout lines you may want to go over those lines with a brush before pulling out the roller and going over the rest of the tile. This can help to ensure you get a good even coat over everything.

Step 6

After the primer is fully dry you will be ready to put on a coat of paint. You will want to choose a paint that can hold up to moisture and heat and any other elements that your paint will be exposed to while cooking. When painting it is a good idea to do the same technique you did with the primer. Go over the grout areas with a brush and then use a roller to coat the rest of the area. When painting you may need to do up to 3 coats of paint. Don’t get discouraged if it is not looking the way you want it to look after just one coat. It is a process that will take time. Just make sure you let the paint FULLY dry between each coat of paint.

Step 7 (optional)

If you want to add some embellishments to your tile this is the time to do so. Place your stencil over the tile and tape it down so that you can get your pattern on straight.

Step 8

Once everything has had time to fully dry (about 24 hours) you will want to add a topcoat so that everything can get sealed. One with a satin finish is a good choice so that it can leave a slight shine just like normal tile. If you are looking for more of a matte finish, then you will want to purchase a flat paint. Follow the directions on the can for this part to make sure you apply each coat correctly.

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