How to Paint a Tile Backsplash | Ask This Old House

How to Paint a Tile Backsplash | Ask This Old House



we like the countertops we like the cabinets the problem really is the backsplash it's just so dark it feels dated we're not really happy with it okay so it is a little dark I mean obviously from the color looks like a subway tile shape and I think that's a terracotta it's in good shape I mean the grout is all there I don't see any broken tiles you guys you want to change it you want to take it out well in our last house we did a floor to ceiling renovation in the kitchen and I'm just not willing to do that again it just took way too long and you know we're pretty happy with everything except for the backsplash there's something quickly could do that would be perfect maybe a facelift that sounds great all right let me show you what I have in mind so April if you don't like the color of your tile but you don't want to change it out I'm thinking that we would just paint over it tile can you paint tile well I wouldn't use a traditional paint on tile I mean tile tends to be hard non-porous it's got a glazing on it so it's a very slick surface but if we use a special paint I think we can actually pull it off and so this is a kit that is actually designed to resurface tubs and a tile in the bathroom and we can use it in the kitchen and it's actually an epoxy it comes in two parts so there's the epoxy and then there's the activator you mix them together and in this case it's white so we can actually turn your red terracotta into a white subway tile okay that's just really brighten it up all right so it's gonna be a lot of prep work before we can do this so let's clean off the counters and get started on the prep all right so we've protected your granite countertop with a plastic drop cloth and now we've been clean the tile and it starts by taking off things like our now we want to clean the entire surface of the backsplash and we're gonna start with a kitchen and bath cleaner it's just a bleach and water mix from a spray bottle and then you're gonna scrub everything with a scouring we're gonna take a little extra time behind the stove cuz that's typically a spot that's got more grease on the wall all right April ty looks pretty good yeah I'll be the cleanest has ever been all right yeah all right even though we're using an epoxy coating specifically designed for tile we want to make sure that we have good adhesion and that means we want to etch the tile we're gonna do that in two steps and the first one's using a calcium rust cleaner all right so we'll just put a little bit on our abrasive pads some for you and then just gonna start going after the second step in etching is to go over the entire surface with sandpaper we're gonna use a 400 grit that's really fine and we just want to dig loss the tile alright so after a light sanding you want to clean it off with a clean rag that is damp just wipe it down and make sure it gets completely dry probably at least 15 minutes all right April tile and grout are completely dry and we're ready for the paint passed on now it's kind of stinky so we actually put two fans in the windows to make sure we've got great ventilation and we've opened everything up it's two parts as I told you an A and a B and we made sure that we mix the a and the B independently in their own cans and now we're gonna mix them together does this end up being the consistency of paint close to it but a little thinner and fits perfectly and now we're gonna stir the two of them together for two minutes alright it's thickening up and that's pretty good right there that's the consistency we're looking for I'm gonna pour it into two trays one for you one for me a little bit of that one a little bit that one clean up the drip and then we're gonna cover that can while we're not using it thank you all right April so these grout lines are a little deep so we're actually gonna paint them first with the brush and we're also going to cut in I'll have you start with that and I'm gonna follow behind the roller just don't get too far ahead of me because we always want a way edge all right we're gonna do two coats so it doesn't have to be put on that heavy you want to make sure that it doesn't drip it looks really good I like it already yeah I can't believe what a difference it makes already right okay April that's the first coat looks just dry for an hour all right first coat completely dry okay pretty much the same process with the second coat you work the brush I'll work the roller we'll keep a wet edge and just try to keep the paint a little bit tighter to the grout line this time just like that you are a pro I'm going to go over one tile at a time in the direction of the tile just not going over the grout lines with the roller I work with the roller you might see some bubbling don't worry about that will go away and the pay to lay down flat alright stove back in place the second code has been drying for about an hour so that's good to go I ran a bead of caulk between the wall and the countertop because we dug out the old caulk there and even though it's dry to the touch it really should set up overnight so we're not gonna put the cover plates back on yet they might stick so you can do those tomorrow I can do that other than that I think you are good to go what do you think it looks like an entirely different kitchen I love it

37 thoughts on “How to Paint a Tile Backsplash | Ask This Old House

  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    My countertops have water damage how to fix them I don’t want to spent money on remolding my kitchen

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Why do the counters have grooves cut into them? I've never seen counters with those random, symmetrical cuts. It's not near the sink for draining….it's almost like it's decorative. I've been house hunting online because we are thinking of moving, and I've seen a couple other houses with these exact same color counters and they too had the grooves or cuts in them. What material is that, and what is the purpose? If it's merely decorative, it's isn't all that appealing.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Can I do my granite countertops with this paint kit? I hate the color they are now

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Ugh – kitchen needs a complete tear out and re do.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    I’m glad she painted the terra-cotta white. Terra-cotta is quite orange in color.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Her make-up job makes it look like she's wearing a mask.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Granite counter top nice but I guess spending 10$ more on white electrical outlets was too expensive.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    so the only choice is white or can this product be tinted other colors?

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Thanks so much for showing this option! I was too afraid to remove tile I didn’t like, but painted it white using all the materials and instruction in this video, and it’s almost perfect. 🙂

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Could have at least filled the cracks in.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Seal it with caulk? Silicone you mean?

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Hello. Can someone tell me if i can paint over my terracota floor ?

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    It looks s different shade of white, a nother light color might be better looking

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    do it right ….take the tile out put new one ……the cost $ it worth …

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    You forgot to mention to shut off the power!

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    That’s american way doing work done

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love it so much! Thanks for the video ❤️

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Idiot useless and uninformed off topic comments just show how dumbed down Western society has gotten. The important thing is that if This Old House is using the product then it's solid as many people who have not prepped properly for either kitchen or bath have posted nightmare stories about this product. Secondly, the white finish is absolutely better and provides a clean look to the old awful outdated "country" look with the brown terracotta tiles you morons that furthermore did not match the counters.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    after cleaning, i like it more …

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    It looks awesome. I'm gonna do this for sure ! I HATE our backsplash

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    The backsplash was literally the only good thing about that kitchen…the rest of it looked cookie-cutter and utterly souless…

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    If the grout line is painted in black it would pop out the bricks instead of plain white wall.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Lmao at the beginning when that guy was turned around I thought it was Gordon Ramsay

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    How do you clean that?

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Why white? Easy to stain from one accident

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    How to do something that shouldn't ever be done by someone that doesn't know why it shouldn't be done.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Can you scrub that? He didn't mention.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    I just watched this because it's satisfying 😆😆😆

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Need a white fridge

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Now painted brick look, not liking it!!

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Looks good. Wonder why they have black appliances though.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    The before wasn’t awful, but the white does look a lot better!

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    The whole room brightened up

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    I don't know man… I mean she's the woman, she knows better. But me – I see white backsplash I see myself washing it all the time… Had a white kitchen before and the damn gets dirty even if you don't actually go in there

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    "How to paint tile backsplash: don't"

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