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How To Paint a Tile Backsplash

by Grace Bonney

I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes, you can totally paint a tile backsplash. It’s all about planning your design and having the right materials. Inspired by the graphic look of Moroccan tiles, I added a geometric pattern to a standard-issue white backsplash, and the result contributed a ton of style to a formerly drab kitchen. Click “play” to watch and learn, and check out the full list of materials and step-by-step instructions on One Kings Lane’s Style Blog! For more fun projects, check out my Weekend Decorator page, and get a behind-the-scenes look at projects I have in the works over on Instagram. —Megan


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    • I am painting my bathroom counter top that is trimmed with a glossie ceramic tile. I would like to make the tile match the new color the counter top is going to be. What I would like to know is do I need to sand it first and do I paint over the caulking and then add fresh caulking over it when paint clear coating is dry?

  • Is there a less permanent way to alter a backsplash? I’m moving into a new apartment and I really hate the current cutesy backsplash, but I’m not sure my landlord would want me to paint it.


  • Do NOT do this project! It is unbelievably time consuming just to tape the pattern. THEN a lot of the paint pulls off when you remove the tape and totally messes up whatever you did. You can’t really touch it up without the tape on either. Also, the paint scrapes off very easily, as you think it would. So mad I did this.

    • Eileen

      I’m so sorry you had that experience. What sort of tape did you use and did you apply very thin coats? I know Megan did this on video for OKL, so it’s been done and worked before, but I agree, tape on tile can be tricky.


  • This is an excellent tutorial. The final product looks amazing. Moroccan tiles have always looked so elegant. As mentioned, the key seems to be proper planning beforehand. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Looks awesome! How long will it stick though? I would love to hear that.
    Also, are painted tiles suitable in a working surface of any kind? My guess is no, right?