Sunday, 22 June 2014

DIY Kitchen tile facelit

This weekend has finally seen me do a job that has been on my must-do list for the longest time. A bit like the painted feature wall (also in the kitchen that I blogged about here) that I finally bit the bullet and painted a few months back, these tiles were in definitely need of some love, especially around the window and sink area.

After watching one too many DIY shows, where they've painted tiles, I decided this was something I could do myself. And after an afternoon and mornings efforts, the project is pretty much complete.

If you do decide to tackle the job yourself you will need the following:
:: tile wet area sealant and gun
:: primer
:: tile paint
:: painters tape
:: paint brushes/applicators
:: mineral turpentine (to clean brushes and spills)
This was the brand of paint I used. You can buy it in either white or one that can have colour added.
I used a mixed colour as the gloss white would have been much too stark for the kitchen working with the wall colours etc.
Also, most importantly, before you start applying anything give your surface a really good clean. The tiles in some areas of the kitchen can get quite grimey. I found using Eucalytpus Solution and a cloth worked a treat. You also need to allow this to dry fully before starting.

Hubby helped me out by filling in the holes/cracks in the tiles with the sealant gun. Again, you need to wait for this to dry before starting to prime.

Once the sealant has dried, tape off any bench/surfaces you don't want the paint to drip on to - I used it along the bench.

Then do your primer coat, using a specific tile primer, as it needs to bond with the shine surface  of a tile.

I left the primer on overnight to dry, then this morning, added the top coat. The paint was quite thick and I found using a paint applicator edger/pad was awesome, then touched up the grout lines with a paint brush.

Certainly not entirely perfect, but a pretty damn good job for a first time tile painter, IMO and all for less than $100. Has really given the kitchen a new lease on life. What's not to love?


  1. I recently did our splashback too, only I used a cheaper paint I found at Masters for under $20. Bargain!
    Looks great btw!

  2. Hi, what colour did u tint the tile paint with?

    1. Hi there,
      The colour was matched as a lighter tone of the 'tapestry beige' we used on our feature wall.

  3. That looks awesome hun. I have a tin just waiting for me to crack into ;) xx