Anyway, I really wanted a change, but didn't want to replace it entirely since we are hoping to one day do a big kitchen remodel and I didn't want to spend a lot of money (that crap is always putting a kink in my plans). Still saving my pennies! So I decided the best and most economical way to put a pretty yet temporary band aid over it was to paint it. After lots of research, this is what I did:
Step 1: Degrease the tile. I used Simple Green and a sponge and went to town.
Step 2: Remove all the switch plates and outlet covers and tape everything off.
Step 3: Prep the surface. I choose to use this fabulous stuff.
It was really easy to use. Just apply it with a cloth, let it sit for five minutes and then wipe off the excess. The surface is ready to paint in two hours and will stay active for 7 days. It cleans the tile and gives it some microscopic magic for the paint to hang on to. Plus it didn't stink too bad and was super easy to clean up. I bought if from Amazon.
Step 4: Paint! I went to Home Depot and asked for the best, toughest oil paint they had and this is what they suggested. I went with oil paint mostly because of it's durability. It also has a great self leveling quality that I like. Brush strokes bug me! I had them tint it a color called Minted Ice from Behr. Isn't it lovely?!
These are the colors I'm going for in the kitchen, in case you were wondering. I found this palette on Pinterest.
Apply one thin coat of paint at a time with a good natural bristle brush, allowing 24 hours dry time in between coats. That's important! It will gum up like old nail polish if you don't give it time to cure.
I started by painting only the tile and leaving the grout grey. Let me tell you guys, that was a pain in the ass! So hard! Ok...at this point I was starting to panic. I wasn't in love with the dark grout and my paint color. Want to know what I really thought? "Sh*t!!! It looks awful, I'm in so much trouble!" I kept going because, really, what choice did I have?
Still trying to be optimistic and convince myself it wasn't that bad. It was ok, but not what I wanted. I went ahead and dry brushed the grout with the same paint color. I just did a light dry coat so I could retain the texture of the grout.
There we go, that's the ticket!
|It's so much fun to decorate with my thrifted vintage goodies!|
Step 5: Enjoy! So bright! So clean! Yup, this project is a win in my book. I know it wasn't the ideal way to redo a back splash, but it is what was right for us at this point in the game. And honestly, it was so EASY! Plus, it only took five days working just a few hours a day. I was able to do this in the morning before everyone woke up and in the evenings when The Husband and The Little Dude were playing. I could have done it faster, but I stuck to the long drying time. And best of all...it was CHEAP!
Lets add it up:
The paint was $24, but I only used about a quart. They only sell it in gallons. : (
The ESP was $30, and again, I didn't use all of it and I used a gift card.
The brush was $14 and another Amazon gift card purchase.
And everything else I had on hand.
Ok, so that adds up too... $68, $24 if you only count our out of pocket cost and I have lots of supplies left over for other projects. That puts such a big smile on my face!!!
So what do you guys think? Are you inspired to maybe slap some paint on your ugly tiles?
Next step - new island!
A before and after just for fun.