The question is: where is the money going to come from? Renovating a kitchen is a mammoth-sized project. If you don’t have the cash to get it done right, it is probably best not to do it at all. That doesn’t mean there aren’t solutions to your problem, though.
If you have tiles in your kitchen, they provide you with a key focal point to transform the room in a number of ways. Paint can work wonders in a kitchen if you use your imagination. There are so many options for giving your kitchen the makeover it deserves when you paint your kitchen tiles.
What was Old is Now New
As one of the most prominent features in your kitchen, tiles can really make the difference when it comes to aesthetics. When those tiles are old, however, it makes the kitchen feel dull and cold. Painting can be a laborious project when it comes to tiles but it’s worth the effort, both for a new look, and saving money on renovating.
Transforming old tiles with paint will breathe new life into the kitchen, making it once again the heart of the home. Family and friends will want to spend time in the space, chatting and catching up on recent events. That’s what a Nashville kitchen should represent and it only takes a splash of paint to turn things around.
Choosing the right colors is incredibly important because the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home. You don’t want to spend time cooking in a space that hurts your eyes. Many homeowners make the mistake of choosing a number of different colors for the kitchen, which either clash with each other, or clash with walls, countertops, or cabinets.
The easiest option is to choose only one color. If you wanted to create additional dimensions, you can choose a few shades of your primary color. While it is a risk going with multiple colors, you can pull it off if you know what you are doing. It’s not so much about the ability to paint with different colors as it is the overall color scheme in the kitchen. You must be very careful to ensure your chosen colors do not clash with their surroundings.
Tile Preparation Tips
Now for the potentially tricky part – painting tiles can present a number of challenges. Anyone who has ever tried to paint tiles with gloss will tell you it doesn’t adhere well to the surface. Enamel paint is a better choice, but you will need to put on a surface conditional, which is designed for use with enamel paint, on your tiles first.
You’re working with kitchen tiles which will need to be thoroughly cleaned before you start painting. Use a degreaser first to get rid of all grease that is clinging to your tiles. Carry out this step regardless of how well you clean, just to ensure all grease is removed. The next step involves cleaning again with soap and water. Once that is done, you should wipe the tiles down with rubbing alcohol. You don’t want the paint to get anywhere else but on the tiles; so make sure to mask off areas such as ceilings, walls, countertops, and cabinets.
Now that you are ready to paint, it’s time for a practice run. You don’t want to commit paint to tiles until you have your technique down. The best places to practice are those that are hidden such as behind appliances. This will give you the opportunity to get the hang of painting tiles and dilute the paint if necessary.
Sometimes the paint will go on too thick, which is not a good look for tiles. The consistency of the paint is the key to getting it right. Make sure not to overdo it when diluting the paint, as you don’t want it to turn out too thin. The trick to painting on tiles is to dab a small amount of paint on the tile and only apply a thin layer. This will help to prevent drips and result in an even and smooth covering. You don’t want the paint going into the grout, so watch your strokes. It’s not the end of the world if you do get into the grout, however, as white paint will sort out that problem.
Working with multiple colors is more difficult. It is better to paint with your primary color first and then switch to the other sections when the first color is drying. It typically takes 2-3 coats to achieve ideal coverage on tiles. You will also need to use a foam roller when you are done to make sure you have a smooth finish with no brush strokes on your tiles. You can also achieve a glossy look by adding a coat of gloss enamel.
If you need help with your project, call the Nashville Painting Company and we will be more than happy to help.