I’ve been out, about, sick, baby-showering… but I’m back!
With my backsplash…
Most of the traffic on this blog has come through my first post about painting over my backsplash. This means that there are others like me out there that want a cheap, easy solution to an ugly backsplash.
Seriously, a quart of primer, a quart of paint, some brushes and some tape is all you need! Really, you have nothing to lose! If you paint over it, and don’t like it, chances are it still looks better than what you started with! Then you can move on to the next paint color, or buck-up and invest in a more expensive, permanent solution.
Here is exactly what I did, in as much detail as I can remember:
- 1 qt. Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer for all surfaces
- 1 qt. BEHR Premium Plus Ultra (paint/primer in one) in SnowFall (I used the paint/primer in one only because this is what I was using on my walls.)
- 1 medium paintbrush
- Taping off supplies (paper, tape, plastic, ur choice)
- Begin with a clean backsplash. Make sure all the food stains are removed. Dish detergent works great! Just make sure the surface has dried completely before painting.
- Tape off the countertops. This will ensure a clean edge between the backsplash and countertop.
- Cover countertops with paper or plastic.
- Cover entire backsplash with one coat of primer. (My backsplash had small, 2×2″ tiles. That made for a lot of grout that needed to be painted. I started with a smooth roller and tried to roll all of it. But the paint was not reaching into the grout lines. In the end, I just did it all by hand with a brush.)
- Let primer dry entirely. (see primer instructions)
- Apply paint over the primer.
- Go back and survey the surface closely for any drip marks. Brush lightly over them to ensure a smooth final finish.
- Let paint dry.
- Stand back, admire your work, and all the cash still in your wallet!