How to paint a tiled splashback

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How to paint a tiled splashback

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Project Overview

An easy and affordable way to give your kitchen a fresh, new look without the cost of removing your tile splashback is to paint it. You can paint it the colour of your choice or create a new design. We’ll show you the tools you need and give you some handy tips on how to paint your tiled splashback.

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How to stir paint

To get the most out of your paint, give it a good stir before you start painting. You’ll find it mixes the pigment better – giving you a more consistent colour. Plus, you’ll make sure all the ingredients are well spread throughout the tin – giving you far greater product performance.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Clean the tiles
2 Start marking out your design
3 Mark your lines with painters tape
4 Add a top V to the tile design
5 Trim the painters tape
6 Paint the splashback
7 Remove the tape
8 Enjoy your new splashback
  • Step 1. Clean the tiles

    It’s important that the tiles you’re going to paint are free from grease and grime. Paint won’t adhere to dirty surfaces. Follow the instructions on the pack and mix sugar soap with water. Put on protective gloves and wash the wall thoroughly. Wait for it to dry. Alternatively, you can use the tile cleaner in the Rust-Oleum kit to clean the tiles.
  • Step 2. Start marking out your design

    Work out the design for your tile splashback. We’re doing chevron stripes – an inverted V-shape – but you can choose any design you like. With chevron stripes it’s important to get the measurements accurate, so you have nice straight lines. Use the pencil, builders square and tape measure to mark the lines on your tiles.
  • Step 3. Mark your lines with painters tape

    Painters tape is a good way to make sure your paint lines are straight. Once you’ve marked out the design on the tiles, apply painters tape along the lines. While measuring and marking takes a lot of time, it makes the job easier and will give you a professional look. Take into account the thickness of your painters tape because it will affect your pattern.

  • Step 4. Add a top V to the tile design

    So that the spacing between the chevron stripes is even, add another V above the top one. Use the tape measure and square to mark the triangle. Mark the lines with the painters tape. Repeat this process across the splashback.
  • Step 5. Trim the painters tape

    After you’ve marked out the lines on the splashback and marked them with painters tape, it’s time to trim them. Use the utility knife and square to cut the edges of the tape cleanly. This will make painting much easier.
  • Step 6. Paint the splashback

    Put on your safety equipment. Follow the instructions on the paint to prepare it and mix it thoroughly. Also, check the paint drying and curing times. Use a paint brush to apply the paint in the smaller areas and the roller to paint in the larger areas.
  • Step 7. Remove the tape

    Before the paint has completely dried, carefully remove all of the painters tape. If you wait too long, the paint can also peel off with the tape. Don’t rush peeling off the tape, carefully take it off one piece at a time.
  • Step 8. Enjoy your new splashback

    Once the paint is dry all that’s left to do is stand back and admire your handiwork!

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Builders square
  • Drop sheet
  • Measuring tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint pots
  • Painters tape
  • Pencil
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Utility knife

Materials

  • Household cleaner
  • Paint
  • Rags
  • Sugar soap
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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