"Don't Paint Ceramic Tile", They Said...

I disliked my ceramic backsplash. Actually, I pretty much disliked my whole kitchen but with a very limited budget, I really couldn't gut it. so after many warnings NOT to paint ceramic tile, I jumped in with both feet.
I'm rebellious that way.
This was my nemesis.
What shall I do???
My default setting is always to "just paint it!"
After a little research, found out that BMoore's STIX primer is amazing on tile.
So I ran with it. Priming the tile with 2 coats of it Without sanding! The HORROR!!!
*my tile was not glossy and it was already textured...
I then painted all the grout lines the same color I would eventually paint my cabinets...it was a BEHR latex paint, satin finish (not that it matters)
I then painstakingly painted with a small brush each individual tile with the color I chose. I wanted to retain the look of tiles so that's why I did the grout lines in a different color. Unfortunately, it looks like I don't have a pic of this step.
Here you can see the tile that's not shinny. that's with the 2 coats of paint.
The shinny tiles are because of the last step. Epoxy.
Now epoxy is tricky because it's soo thick and sticky and takes a long time to dry. When I first started I did each individual tile because I didn't want it in the grout lines (my attempt at making it look like real tile) so that's why I taped it all off.
...but that was overkill. really.
It was time consuming, tedious and unecessary. really.
...working my way around!
By the end, I was just slapping the epoxy on everywhere, grout and all. And to be honest, I'm just as pleased.
*One thing to note with epoxy on a vertical surface, it drips very slowly for a very long time...4 hrs or so. make sure counter is protected and continually catch those nasty drips!
It's SO easy to clean!
Kitchen before...
Kitchen after...
*to see the whole makeover, mostly with elbow grease and paint, see my other related posts.
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  • Zarina Jones
    on Feb 17, 2019

    Awesome job! I recently painted my cabinets and wondering what to do with my back splash? Now I know! Thanks.

  • Caroll 'van Dalen' Foster
    on Oct 24, 2019

    I hate my kitchen. Don't want to spend a lot of money on a house I don't like so I am definitely going to paint my backsplash. They used floor tiles for the backsplash. They are hideous for both. I wonder if I can paint my ugly granite countertops?

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