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How to Paint A Ceramic Tile Backsplash and Countertop at the Same Time

Painting Tile and Countertop at the Same Time

This is not difficult but you need to think it out a little so you do not destroy your work. This is the order you will paint your counters and tile in.

  • Mask the tile off and bond the surface as described in blog post “How to paint a Tile Backsplash.”
  • Mask around the sink and areas you don’t want to paint and bond the counter using the recommended products on the counter top refinishing shopping list which accompanies the countertop refinishing DVD.  Available here  as a download if you don’t have it.
  • Apply second coat of bonder to each surface in the same order. You WILL NOT apply the enamel paint to the tile until the counters are complete.
  • When the tile is dry, GENTLY apply masking tape. Do not press it on too hard.
  • Continue with the next two steps of the countertop refinishing process as described on the DVD. See for more information.
  • When counter is dry, remove tape from tile and countertop.
  • Touch up any bleed through on both surfaces.
  • Very carefully apply the enamel paint to the tile. Your tile is now finished.
  • Complete step four to the countertop as described on the DVD.

Your painted countertop is now finished. Painting ceramic tile is very basic but I have to admit, the first time I refinished a countertop and painted tile at the same time, I puzzled for a while about which order to do it so that I did not lean on anything that was wet etc.

Do not clean too vigorously for two weeks until fully cured. Not suitable for areas with constant water contact such as shower stalls.

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October 2011

How To Paint A Ceramic Tile Backsplash

How To Paint a Ceramic Tile Back Splash

When we are painting countertops for our clients, we regularly run into tile that needs updating to too, especially if the tile is  the same 50’s, 60’s or 70’s style that complemented the trendy countertop of that era.

Very often, the tile and countertops are in good condition and simply out of date. It is very disruptive, costly and even more costly to start ripping it all out only to discover problems with drywall/plaster behind.  Always a risk.  So, what we have started doing is offering our customers the opportunity to paint the tile at very little cost. It looks just like new tile when finished and is VERY durable. Paints and bonders have excellent adhesion properties now and will hold up to everyday wear and tear.

The first couple of times we painted tile, we ran into a couple of frustrating little  problems but have figured them out now and will share how to paint tile perfectly with outstanding results.

Time to Complete: Depending on the size of your kitchen,( average 30sq ft of tile), gauge about five hours including cleaning time and dry time.

Level of Expertise: Very Easy.

Materials: There are a myriad of bonders available but we like to use Zinssers® “Cover Stain” oil based primer and XIM. We have also used Sherwin Williams own brand of primer called “Adhesion Primer” which is latex so has very low odor. For the second step, use good quality Enamel paint. We recommend Glidden, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. We like to use a gloss finish for easy cleaning and it looks beautiful but it is your preference.

You will need an inexpensive disposable 1” brush for cutting in with the bonder and a better quality 1-2”angled brush for cutting in with the enamel. Also 2 small paint trays and 2 x 4” roller covers and roller handle. Stir stick, clean cloth, sand paper and a small container of paint thinners for spills and drips. One roll of 1” blue painter’s tape, 1QT. Bonding primer, 1QT. Enamel, gloss or semi-gloss paint.







Tip 1. Choose a color that will complement the counters. If you are painting the counter tops at the same time, choose one of the colors in the counter as your tile color. We regularly use white as it is clean and bright but it depends on your décor. A stainless look can be achieved by using a metallic paint and looks stunning with black faux granite.

Tip 2. Clean like crazy. You must leave absolutely no grease anywhere. Nothing will stick to kitchen residue. We like to use Clorox Clean Up. Spray it on and leave sit for a few minutes and then take a scrubby pad and clean off well. Rinse with clean water and dry off with paper towel before you begin. For very glossy tile, you can sand a little or use a de-glossing liquid for extra ‘tooth’. (We do not often do this as the bonders have excellent adhesion).

Tip 3. The oil based primers have a strong odor and can be dangerous if you do not have adequate ventilation. PLEASE open windows and put a fan on. We use fans all the time to blow the smell out of the house quickly.

Tip 4. Always use a razor blade to cut between the tape and painted surface before removing tape. This will give you a beautifully crisp paint line.

Tip 5. It is worth investing in a good angled brush with clean edge for painting right up to the edge of the tile and counter. We sell one on our site with a double edge but you can find a single angle brush at any paint store.


Scrupulously clean tile. Leave no trace of grease or grime.

Dry surface with paper towel. Apply masking tape.

Stir the bonder very well. There is thick sediment at the bottom of the can so be sure to mix it well. Cut in around edges of tile using the disposable brush.

  • The bonder is thin in consistency so be careful that you do not splatter or leave drips. Keep going back to check for drips. It dries very fast too so when you feel it starting to cure, leave it alone.

Cut in the grout using the disposable brush.

Roll the bonder on the entire surface and be careful not to leave drips. Check the tile under the cabinets and clean up drips as you go. Use a flash light and look from all angles.

Allow to dry for an hour and repeat previous steps. You can put a fan on the surface when you have finished helping the bonder dry a little faster.

When the bonder is thoroughly dry, about two hours, apply the enamel paint in the same manner as previous coat. You will use a clean paint tray, roller and brush. Depending on the color you are using and the coverage, you may be able to get away with one coat.

The tile will be dry within a couple of hours and you may remove the tape. The cleanest way to do this is to take a straight edge blade and cut along the paint line. The tape will come off perfectly clean without ripping the fresh paint with it. Simple, but a must!

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October 2011



EASY TIP To Save Even More Money When Refinishing Formica Laminate Kitchen Counters

Michaela Harbert Sept. 2011

Creator of The Original Countertop Transfauxmations.

BBB “A” Accredited.


Everyone loves to save a dollar or two where they can. I know I do and if you’re like me, you do too.

So when it comes to refinishing Formica laminate kitchen counters, we have a really great process that achieve a beautiful granite look for not a lot of money and everyone can do it! We’ve been refinishing countertops since 1996 and the transformation is always mind-blowing. (I still get excited every time I complete a project – I think you will too).

Over the years we have not only refined and found ways to improve the Countertop Transfauxmations process but also ways to save even more money when refinishing those old laminate counters. I’m all about saving cash and making sure the job is done right, so – HERE’S MY REALLY HOT TIP!

Valspar Sample Pots of Paint vs. a Quart of Paint

These are great! We recently started using Valspar sample pots of paint when creating new sample boards for our clients but realized that there is more than enough paint to refinish an average size laminate counter for those doing it themselves and following the Countertop Transfauxmations DVD.

The sample pots are available at Lowe’s/ Home Depot and come in 7.9 oz containers. A representative in the paint department will mix the sample pots to any color, no matter which brand you like to use (we like Benjamin Moore colors, but you can use whatever brand you prefer). The sample pots cost less than $3.00, compared to more than $12.00 for a quart of paint. Assuming you will use three colors to refinish your counters, you will save close to $30.00. How’s that for an economical tip? I love it!

Keep in mind, you are going to add glazing liquid, so you will have twice the volume and you use so little when creating a faux granite. Even if you run out, you can go back and purchase another $3.00 sample pot. Can’t beat that! Note: For the base color, you will purchase a regular quart size can of paint.

If you are not sure which colors to put together to achieve the perfect faux granite, be sure and check out all of our recipes at . We provide you with a shopping list of all materials with the Countertop Transfauxmations DVD, so be sure and keep the above information in mind when shopping for everything you need.

Happy Painting