Kitchen Tile Paint – Stage 3

Following on from Stage 2, as promised, I’m back with some images and details now that my tiles are white!

I had prepped, prepped and prepped again, and was so ready to be painting over the jazzy tiles, that I could barely wait to get the dust sheets taped down and get started. Because of the texture in some of the tiles, I was unsure how a paint roller would cope, and had anticipated perhaps having to do the whole job with a brush.

I started with a narrow edging brush anyway, and worked my way around all the edges. Like a gloss paint, as long as you work quickly and smoothly, the paint did level surprisingly well. I was also impressed with how well it was covering.

It did say on the paint can that depending on the colour of your existing tiles, one may or may not suffice. Now, some of mine were deep brown, so I didn’t expect them to cover in one coat, but I was really impressed with how well it did cover. Yes, it would definitely need a second coat, but I knew it wouldn’t need more than that.

IMAG2780As I had purchased a small gloss paint roller (foam) and tray for the job, I thought I may as well give it a go, and was also pleasantly surprised by the time I’d finished. To begin with, I did have a few moments of panicking whether or not I’d done the right thing. It hadn’t covered perfectly, and it took a few moments to self level, and I was awfully worried I’d just made a big mess. But at that point, I’d already gone too far to go back, so just kept rolling the paint on.

By the time I’d done the main tiled wall, it had levelled a lot, I’d lightly touched up some patchy areas, and the overwhelming feeling was that the kitchen was already feeling brighter.

As expected, the single can of paint wasn’t going to do a second coat, so I had to wait a few days until I could purchase another before I could continue, but second time round I was feeling much more confident. I did have to continue using the brush a little here and there to get into some of those awkward angles caused by the un-level tiles, but overall I think it’s a huge improvement.

You’ll notice in the picture as well just how WHITE it is. It’s a lovely and bright fresh white. And certainly showed up how grubby the painted wall and ceiling were! Good job I knew I had those to scrub and paint too.

I’m getting there now with this little project being finished. The wall has had a couple of coats of paint and looks great, the ceiling has had a couple and doesn’t. It’s just so badly stained, it’s being a bit of a pain. I’m going to buy some more specialist paint and give that a go, as a single coat and one regular emulsion coat didn’t suffice. Then I just have the top of the windowsill to sand and gloss, and a new blind to purchase and put up and I’ll be done!

It’s so far, so good, and as a temporary measure until we re-do the kitchen (and have that icky ceiling fixed) it’s great. So much nicer to walk into this bright white room everyday when I’m making my morning coffee!

I’ll show you some finished pictures once the ceiling and everything else is done.

Have you been decorating recently? Thinking about starting a project? Please share in the comments below, I’d love to hear how it’s going!

For now, with love,
Ellen

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