Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kitchen Update!

I made a little update to my kitchen that I think has made a big impact...I painted the back splash tile!  Yes, painted it.  You CAN paint tile...so says the internet.  So far so good...
the paint hasn't fallen right off or anything!


The right side of my kitchen is above and the left is below.   
I just have an enormous kitchen don't I???

 Before, the back splash tile was the same as the counter top tile, it's granite.  I'm not a fan of this tile and having it on the wall made the kitchen seem dark and smaller (if that's even possible).  Someday we will remodel and/or expand the space, so I figured what have I got to lose by painting it?  I suppose one could paint the counter tile, but I think it wouldn't wear well, getting wet and all.  The back splash never seems to get very wet or dirty, so I thought it would hold up for awhile...hopefully it does, I just did this about a week ago.

Here's before the paint...



Some more detail shots...




The painting process was like any other, just make sure you prime well with a primer made for slick surfaces like tile.  Then I applied 3 coats of hi gloss paint.  I kept the black tile border at the top, as it matches the bull nose tile border on the counter.  I'm liking the contrast of the black and white...gives it a nice 40's vibe.

I also made a pair of new curtains from a vintage tablecloth...


I love the print on this cloth!  I am a sucker for vintage strawberries!!

So, if you're stuck with some tile that you don't like, and provided it doesn't get wet on a regular basis (although I think there are some special paints made for that now for showers and tubs), 
consider painting it!

Someday I hope to have a kitchen with details like this...


or this...

but, I truly am happy with my little vintage kitchen for now...you gotta make do or do without!


XO,
Stacey

sharing at:
Cozy Little House

52 comments:

Martha Rule said...

I have a similar size kitchen and love finding ways to make it more and more efficient (and vintage, too). :) Looks great!

cynthia lee designs said...

The back splash tile looks great painted white. Love the vintage strawberry tablecloth curtains...so charming!!
~Cindy

Restyled Vintage said...

that looks so much better Stacey! I love the vintage strawberry curtains, look very Cath Kidston to me :)

xx Karen

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Way better. I had black and white tiles and I was so much happier with my backsplash once I covered those black tiles. It made a huge difference in my kitchen as has your white paint. I'd love it if you linked up at my linky party - Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life.

Laura from Top This Top That said...

love the look with the white tile and that curtain is perfect for the space.

Sue@House Pretty said...

It looks much better! And all the little details in your kitchen are so cute! LIke the teacups, and, or course, the hand made curtains. And, let's not forget that adorable chandelier in front of the window. It's all so cute!!

Anne Marie said...

huge impact is right! you can paint anything....even countertops! it's just the coating or waht kind of paint you use (as told by Jason at least)

your kitchen looks so cute!!!

-Anne Marie

Susan said...

Love it, Stacey! You are so clever. Love the curtains too. :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

The white paint really brightens the space up! Good idea! Love the curtain fabric! It is adorable!

TammysVintage Finds said...

I love what you did with your kitchen! It looks so, so, so vintage and homey. It's has a clean, bright look now. Job well done!

chateau chic said...

Stacey, Your kitchen may be small but it's adorable with all of your personal touches! Love the curtains you made out of vintage tablecloths.
Mary Alice

Jerusalem Greer said...

Love it! What a huge difference!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Awesome change, Stacey!! I know you're so glad you did it!

LOVE the curtains! And the rick rack tie backs were a great move- too!

Thanks for sharing! ♥

Junkchiccottage said...

Ok Stacey you found a way to make those tiles pretty and did not have to take down the wall to do it!!! Great idea and what a difference that makes. Now we will get Terry over there to put in the butcher block counter and you will be all set. I love the curtains and your signature of pops of color. So pretty. I love it.
Kris

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Definitly better! I like how it turned out!

Tricia said...

Wow! That made such a big difference. It makes my eyes focus on all your pretty little things instead of the tile.

Fran said...

I am in the process of painting my kitchen (really! Right this minute, I am taking a blog-break from it), and whilst I was painting the walls I was thinking about how much I dislike the tile backsplash and wondering if I could paint it, and voila! here is your post! I am going to give it a go, once I get all the proper supplies. (And if seeing your tiles wasn't enough of a message that I should do this--I have that same vintage tablecloth, but I made mine into towels, placemats and pillows!) THANK YOU for the inspiration! :) --Fran

Wild Oak Designs said...

Very brave! Now, I know it can be done....very cool.
The new curtains add quite a bit all by themselves! Great job.
Nancy
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Amy said...

I love your kitchen and I love the new painted tile. Last year I changed my grout color and made it darker. It came out beautiful. It's amazing what you can do by reasearching things on the internet and then get the guts to actually do it! I just started following you and I hope you come and visit me and start following. I started a new blog and we have just bought a vacation cottage and will be renovating it. I would love your opinions on the renovation.

Amy said...

Oh...I forgot to mention that my blog is www.pinehurstcottage.blogspot.com

traci said...

that looks so much better stacey. i wallpapered over my backsplash. it lasted until we remodeled. you'll make it through. i love all the built-ins in your first inspiration pic.

Lisa Hogan said...

Nice job! I LOVE the new curtains and the sweet collection of mugs. The colors are great:)

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a cute idea to paint the tile! I love the vintage look of your kitchen.....and that fabric? Seriously :)

Have a great day rock star!
karianne

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

Wow that was certainly the right decision. What a difference the new paint made. Love it:)

michele said...

i love seeing the turquoise butterprint pyrex! i'm at my mom's right now in arizona, and she's got lots of this pattern. i use it in my house as a reminder of childhood.

the kitchen is precious!

michele

Jonell said...

Stacy..lol please, now..go to my fb page [ jonell Williams harrison] and see my post today sept 27th w picture "late breakfast on the deck"...I think our tablecloths..are if not identical sooooooo close..I repeat you and I seem to love so much of the same things..your pictures are so much fun..

Jonell

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Oh, what a difference a coat or 3 of paint makes! You kitchen now goes with the rest of your charming house.

Sarah said...

I just love your kitchen! It is so welcoming and happy looking!

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Nice and bright and provides a better neutral backdrop for everything on your counter.

Urban Farmgirl said...

Love it! It does look very 1940's...so cute!

Hey, I spotted a Keurig in one of your photos. Thinking of getting one, but the reviews out there are awful. Seems to be common that they only last about a year. Have you had any problems??

Mary

Dori @ Bell Jar Vintage said...

So cute! Love it - very cheerful. My kitchen is so dark with the ever popular granite, and yet everything I pin is a white kitchen with pops of color. Hmmm... :)

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Oh wow.... it looks perfectly sweet!! Love how everything pops now. We have a painted beadboard backsplash and it has held up perfectly for three years now - even behind the sink. I just want to come over and drink tea in your kitchen... and I don't even drink tea! :)

Robin said...

WOW! What a difference. With the backsplash painted it really opens up the space visually. Looks great too!

Ann at the Handley Bungalow said...

Super cute! What a great idea! It sure transforms the space. Your curtains are adorable, too.

krishna said...

lovely!!! i always love floral decoration...

http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot

Keeping it Cozy said...

Painting it made such a huge difference... I love it! I understand having a small kitchen, but I love all your cheerful, vintage touches. It's just sweet, charming and beautiful.

Connie said...

I think that your kitchen re-do is marvelous. Sometimes making a small change can make a big difference. I have one wall in my kitchen that I am in the process of re-doing. My hold up is in choosing a color. I'll only be painting one wall, but I can not decide between turquoise or dark red. Anyway, back to your kitchen. I love the curtains you made from the table cloth, how clever! Your little space is beautiful and you creatively brighten it up and made it appear larger, great job. Connie :)

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Stacey, I never knew you could paint tile, Wow! I love the change. Your vintage curtains are so cute. I am one of your new followers.

Art and Sand said...

Your kitchen looks so nice with the painted tiles. I would never have thought to paint them. Great job!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I featured your kitchen today at Mod Mix Monday!

❀ JoAnne said...

Your backsplash looks fantastic, Stacey! It is truly amazing what you can do with paint. I can totally see you in either one of your inspiration pics ~ too adorable although your current kitchen is super cute too! BTW ~ I'm loving that cute little vintage lunch box on your counter!!

Bring Pretty Back said...

I am madly in love with your kitchen! Love the backsplash! White was a perfect choice!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

It turned out fantastic! I love the fabric for your curtains. It looks adorable!

Tattered Tiques said...

Stacey, it turned out great. Your kitchen is adorable! Hope to see you soon.
Julie

Erin said...

Crazy how that little bit of white paint made such a big impact! The grey countertop looks really nice now.

P.S.--Am drooling over the hobnail milk glass pitcher and new curtains. (How clever to use rick rack for the tie-back, too!)

Palaeontologist Mum with Babies said...

Lovely, looks very sweet. You can also re do your kitchen table/bench by adding concrete to cover the granite.
We are redoing our kitchen from scratch, and I love the kitchen handles in yours!

Elyse said...

my heart is racing! beautifully done!!! i think your kitchen is perfect just how you have made it. okay, now back to writing about your charming home for me!

xo
elyse

michele said...

brilliant, stac!

i am never afraid to have at it with a paintbrush and white paint!

paint on!

michele

Rabia GÖKTAŞ said...

Çok çok güzel.... :)

Melanie said...

Oooohh....I wonder if I can paint the laminate/formica backsplash...

Debra said...

I have a tiny galley kitchen so you have my sympathy but your kitchen is so darn cute! I am bookmarking this site to come back and visit some more...I love old houses! : )

jaime ♥ raising up rubies said...

i just love it all! great work!
♥ jaime