How to Paint a Porcelain Backsplash

What You'll Need
Soapy Water
Tracing paper
Water-resistant paint

If you have added a porcelain backsplash to your tiled area, then you may wish to paint or even to decorate it. In order to do this, you will need to have the correct kind of painting tools and have a design on hand which will help you to add interest to the porcelain backsplash. Deciding upon the pattern can be the most difficult part of any painting job, but you should also be prepared to do some hard work in order to get the paint job done to the best of your ability. This is not a difficult task and can be completed in a few hours as long as you know what you are doing.

Step 1 - Clean the Porcelain Backsplash

The first thing that you will need to do is to thoroughly clean the porcelain backsplash. If you have just added it, then you should allow it to dry before cleaning, but if it is older, then you can go straight ahead and clean it. Add some soap to a bucket of water, and then dip in your sponge, Using quick, precise strokes, move the sponge backwards and forwards to ensure that the backsplash is completely cleaned. Remove dirt and debris from between the grouting, and also clean the top and bottom of the backsplash. You should then allow this to dry thoroughly before painting.

Step 2 - Add a Background

The next task is to use your water-resistant paint to create a base for your design. Apply a light color, such as white or cream, as long as the design is not too white. You may need two coats to thoroughly cover the backsplash, and you should also add some painter's tape along the sides of the porcelain backsplash so that you don't paint the ordinary tiles of your bathroom.

Step 3 - Adding a Design

Once the base paint is completely dried, you can then add your design. This should not be larger than the backsplash, so make sure that you measure carefully before choosing a pattern. With the design prepared, take some tracing paper and draw around the edges of the pattern until you have reproduced it upon the tracing paper. Take the paper to the backsplash and apply it to the base paint. When you remove the tracing paper, you should have a faint image of the design.

Step 4 - Finishing the Design

Once the design is on the paper, you are ready to start applying the rest of the paint. All of these paints should be suitable for use on porcelain, so check this before you buy. Paint the design as you intend, and then leave the paint to dry. Once you have done this, you can then add your sealant over the surface of the paints. This will prevent the paint from falling off due to water damage.