/ Backsplashes

Should people ever consider painting tiles?

Kitchen Paint Project
Thinking about painting backsplash tiles? Most of our designers would beg you to think twice, or at least, do plenty of research before reaching for a brush.

Lori Carroll, Interior Designer: Personally, I wouldn't recommend painting any wall tile. I'm sure it is done, but that is a job I would leave to the professionals!


Lisa Elkins, Architect: There is a paint called Break-Through that applies easily onto tile. So if you like the texture but not the color of your tile, a product like that can be an option. You'll lose the differentiation between the tile and grout, but if you like the paint color it shouldn't be a problem. Breakthrough was developed for garage floors, so it is really durable. But it does not come off easily.


David Portales, Spanish Tile Association: As for painting tile, if that's your renovation idea, abandon ship!


Verdict: Most of the experts we interviewed were not keen on painting over tile. But if new tile isn't an option, certain industrial-strength paints can work well on hard-to-paint surfaces.