Yesterday, I shared my newly painted Travertine Tile backsplash!
I know……who would have thunk it??
Tis true, one can paint an existing backsplash,……
…..a backsplash that takes a lot of back splashing…..
And live to tell about it!
My dear readers, if there is one thing I have learned since writing this blog…one can paint just about ANYTHING, if the proper preparation is made.
We have seen bathtubs and appliances painted….counter tops too, so why not a backsplash?
So I took the plunge and decided to paint the tan travertine tiles of my backsplash a bright white.
Today, I am going to share with you how I did it.
As I have already talked about…the tanish travertine tile went really well with my honey colored kitchen cabinets.
Those honey colored kitchen cabinets left the building several years ago.
Along with Elvis, I believe!
It was time to do a little updating.
Believe me, and after years and years of living in houses with almost every color of wood cabinets…including Black cabinets, Light and Dark Oak cabinets, Birch cabinets, Honey colored cabinets, Mahogany cabinets, …..It was time for a change….
….”I” was ready for a change.
I wanted bright and white!
And clean and fresh!
I wanted to twirl around among the wild flowers on that high mountaintop with my red spikey hair, stiff with Aqua Net hair spray and my freshly starched white apron blowing in the wind, singing “The Hills Are Alive”..….
That was Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music”, wasn’t it.
But I did feel like singing when I was finished with the
frosting on the cake …excuse me, the tile on the backsplash!
But I digress.
Luckily, my current kitchen had an open concept which was and is a plus.
This made it easy to paint all the walls in the kitchen/nook/dining area/living room a light shade of gray. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray to be exact.
The dark Mahogany wood work was also painted white and everything in those areas brightened up.
However, those tanish travertine tiles on the backsplash just wouldn’t co-operate and be fresh and pretty.
They just glared at me in defiance every time I wiped down the black granite counter tops and the white cabinets.
Finally, I decided to take the plunge and hide those tan tiles forever!!!!
The first thing I did was to clean the tiles with TSP cleaner I found at Home Depot.
I allowed the tiles to dry for a couple days, …I wanted to be sure the grout was thoroughly dry.
“Just you wait ‘enry ‘iggens, just you wait!” I whispered defiantly to those tiles.
I’m sorry, I do tend to get carried away with musicals, that line was from Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”!!!
Then, I painted on a primer.
I used one coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for all surfaces.
I liked it because it said it would stick to all surfaces without sanding, and that it sealed uniformly and dried in one hour.
If you look closely, you can see some of the tan travertine showing through, but that was ok because I was following it up with an enamel paint.
I used two coats of the oil based enamel. The drying time between each coat was about 12 hours, but that was ok…I was in no hurry now that the brown was gone.
I think I would have left it with just the primer, I was so happy that the backsplash now looked cohesive with the cabinets and granite.
I let it dry almost 24 hours between coats as I wanted to be sure each coat covered completely and I loved the glossy surface. If you would prefer a matte surface, then I recommend you use a flat or semi gloss paint.
Better yet, talk to your paint store for their recommendation.
The backsplash is not finished yet.
I will be putting down the bead of white caulking in the next few days and I have considered a sealant of some sort.
However, this finish appears to be very hard and glossy that I might not need a sealant.
I will let you know if I decide differently and I will also update you on how this painted backsplash holds up after a few months of use.
As I stated before, I really had nothing to lose and a lot to gain by painting my travertine tile.
If it hadn’t worked out, the Captain said he would remove the tile and we would install white subway tile.
Just a little sooner than planned.
As of today…I am not seeing a need for that added expense, nor the time and energy to tile the backsplash.
More to come….
Have a great and blessed day.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.