How to Paint a Kitchen Tile Backsplash

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Having a painted tile backsplash in your kitchen can sometimes be better than having a marble or stainless steel backsplash. The aesthetic enhancement achieved by painting the kitchen tile backsplash is not the only function painting can serve though. Painting the backsplash is way more economical than using marble or stainless steel and is more customizable. Having the right know-how, tools and materials for the job can help you achieve the enhancement in no time at all. Follow this step-by-step guide for for information on painting your kitchen tile backsplash.

Step 1 - Determine the Paint Needed

The first step in this project is the most important one. Before you start working on your kitchen tile backsplash, it is important to find out how much paint you will need. Take appropriate measurements of the area you are going to be painting. Next, determine the color of paint you want. Although you can choose whichever color makes you happy, make sure the color goes with the rest of the color scheme of the kitchen. You can also use alternating colors of paint for a checkered look, or use different colors of paint to paint patterns that you like.

Step 2 - Purchase Paint

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Based on your measurements and calculation, purchase paint. Make sure you buy more paint than you have calculated. Any leftover paint can be used for touching up purposes.

Step 3 - Sand

Before you start painting, you have to sand the desired area to make the kitchen tile backsplash area rough so the paint will stick. Use a medium grit sandpaper for this job. You can either use a sanding tool or your hand, depending on the amount of time/budget you have. After you are done sanding, wipe away any left over debris with a cloth. Dip the cloth in water before you do this. If the area is not rough enough, repeat the sanding process.

Step 4 - Clean the Backsplash

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Before you start painting, it is important to thoroughly clean the backsplash. Dip a clean cloth in soapy water and thoroughly clean the backsplash to remove any dirt and grime. Finish off your cleaning by wiping away the soap with a clean, dry cloth.

Step 5 - Paint the Kitchen Tile Backsplash

After you are done sanding and cleaning, it is time to paint. Dip a brush or roller into paint and paint the backsplash. The trick behind doing a good paint job is to do it in layers. Apply the first layer of paint all over the backsplash and then let it dry. When the first layer has dried completely, apply another layer of paint. Let these two layers dry completely. The drying process may take up to eight hours. The number of layers you apply depends on the type of finish you want. For a matte finish, around two layers are enough. For a highly glossy finish, apply more layers. Make sure you let each layer dry completely before starting to paint the next layer.