The Cheap Way to Make a Tile Backsplash Look Really Expensive

published Apr 9, 2015
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I’ve swooned over patterned kitchen tile before, but not its price. Decorative tiles cost a pretty penny, so for me the idea has always been more aspirational than practical.

Then I came across this kitchen design by Megan Pflug for One Kings Lane. I loved the geometric tile pattern immediately, but then I discovered the backsplash is not as it seems. Oh, it’s tile, all right — but it has a secret. And it’s pretty great.

Those patterned tiles are actually basic square white tiles with a pattern painted on. How much do I love this? Seriously, so much.

Megan Pflug, the designer behind these other kitchen projects, says that, yes, you can totally paint a tile backsplash with the help of latex paint, Zinsser shellac-base primer, and oil-based polyurethane:

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.

White tile has never looked so good, and all for so much less than what you’d get ripping it out and putting in the real thing. Check out the link below for the full step-by-step:

See the full tutorial → How To Revamp Your Tired Tile Backsplash by Megan Pflug at One Kings Lane

Have you ever painted a tile backsplash?