This is a step by step tutorial for how I created my faux painted subway tile in our kitchen.
I revealed my painted backsplash back on April 30th, and I am finally back today to give you a full tutorial on just how I did it! Above is a picture of the finished product. This project was very cheap! I bought a quart of paint, which I used on the tiles, and the trim in the kitchen and dining area, and I still have plenty left over. For the grout lines I used the same paint I used on the walls in the kitchen and dining room. I will tell you right up front that this took me a lot of time. It was very tedious and took a lot of patience and a steady hand. I spent way more time on this than I did money. I am estimating that I spent at least 20 hours on this, working on it in my spare time, and LC helped me with 4 of the 5 sections. And I used at least 2-3 rolls of painter’s tape.
Update- 2/6/19- We have since made over this kitchen, but we kept the faux subway tile backsplash, and it has held up perfectly! Here is a sneek peak!
Supplies you will need to create the faux painted subway tile:
2-3 rolls of painter’s tape
high gloss paint for the actual tiles ( I used Behr Premium plus in crisp linen white- high gloss)
eggshell paint for the grout lines ( I used Behr Premium Plus in garden wall- eggshell)
A long level
Something to use as a spacer ( I swiped used one spacer that people use on actual tile, come on, it is just a tiny little piece of rubber, and they come in bags of hundreds or so, don’t judge me!)
An actual subway tile ( I just purchased one from Home Depot)
How to paint the Faux painted subway tile :
This is a shot of both sections right before I began painting the vertical and horizontal lines. Again, I immediately peeled all of this tape off after painting.
This is a finished section.
I hope that I inspired you today to try something that you think you can’t do. I put a lot of thought into this project before I actually began. I debated back and forth for quite some time about how I would go about it. In the end, after doing Internet research on whatever similar projects I could find out there, I decided to go with the method I just described above. I had a difficult time finding similar projects, they seem to be few and far between. I do have to say that my main source of inspiration for this project came from Sawdust and Embryos. They paint backsplashes to look like tile for a living! And they are amazing! I did not use the same technique they used, because I could not find any painter’s tape that was narrow enough for a grout line. I also read on another blog that used very narrow tape that when they went to peel the tape off it peeled the paint off right along with it, and they had to scrap the whole project. In the end I decided to to use the method I used. And the project was a huge success in my book! What do you think? Have you ever taken on a project similar to this?
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