Paint a Kitchen Backsplash

Hey y’all, Tracey’s Fancy here!

I am soooooooo happy with my painted tile backsplash in my kitchen!!! Let me show you how to paint backsplash tiles using Dixie Belle chalk paint for a huge impact on a small budget…

I want to blog about ALL the details of the kitchen….but for now….I want to only focus on the ease and affordability of painting that tumbled stone tile!

I will fully admit that painting the harlequin/checkered pattern had me a bit scared.  So I chose I white that I could live with….just in case I got it painted and decided that was as far as I would take it.

Materials List:

I chose Fluff by Dixie Belle….which if you have followed me for very long….you know it is my favorite white.  It is soft….not blinding….and not yellow/beige in the least!

I chose Caviar (my favorite Dixie Belle black) as my black….and had it on stand by….just in case I found the guts to go for my vision in its entirety!

How To:

Step 1: Mix the appropriate amount of White Lightning cleaner with water (per the directions) and spray the tile liberally….letting the cleaner run across both tile and grout….allowing it to do its job of degreasing and cutting through grit and grime.  Wipe dry with a lint-free cloth or paper towels.

Step 2: Liberally spray the tile with JUST water….fully rinsing any leftover White Lightning from the surface….with a NEW lint-free cloth or paper towels until dry.

Step 3: Apply one coat of Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick.  This product has the ability to bond to the slick surface and also offers a new surface (once dry) for the first layer of paint to adhere to.

Step 4: Apply one coat Fluff.  This dries within 20-30 minutes and will be ready for the second coat.

Step 5: Paint every other tile with your contrasting color.  I did not use tape.  I followed the line of the tile with a small artist angled brush.  I only applied paint to the tile and not where the original grout was.  I applied two coats of Caviar.  Let dry overnight.

Step 6: Apply one coat of Gator Hide.  Let dry 4-6 hours (optimal is to dry overnight).  And reapply a second coat of Gator Hide for your final finish.

To learn more about this project, head to Tracey’s Fancy here!

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