Hi friends! Rob got the trim up and I'm finally able to show you the finished result. The before picture is what the entry looked like when we bought our house over 4 years ago. This has always been my least favorite area in my home because it felt like useless space and was hard to know what to do with. Also, the tile trim had to go! Would I have liked to rip out the original tile and replace it with something of my choice? Yes, of course, but it isn't in our budget or time right now.
A couple of years ago, my friend, Mysha @remingtonavenue, painted and stenciled her tile and I was amazed (clink here to go to her latest how to blog post and to see her before and after pictures)! Because of her, I decided to do mine also. Since my wallpaper is busy, I painted one solid color instead of a pattern on my existing tile.
On a scale of 1-10 (1 being really easy and 10 being extremely difficult), I would say this is a 1 (remember I did not use a stencil, so painting it one solid color is definitely easier than stenciling would be), but it's an 8 for how sore and tired my body was afterwards! My legs, hamstrings, butt, back and even knees were so sore. I thought I was dying and felt like I was 80 years old, but I would do it all again! If you have a smaller space to paint or are in better shape than me, this might not be an issue for you.
Here are the items you will need:
- Mineral Spirits to clean your tile
- Foam Roller
- 4" Jumbo Mini Roller
- Rustoleum Chalk Paint
- Polycrylic in satin
- Purdy Angular Trim Paint Brush
Be sure to clean your tile extremely well and let it dry. I cleaned mine at night and then got up early the next morning and started. Pour your paint in your paint tray and get started... it's that easy. Make sure you do THIN coats and allow enough drying time in between each coat ( I allowed an hour drying time). I painted four coats of linen white chalk paint and then waited 24 hours before I sealed it with the polycrylic finish. Since I knew the polycrylic finish is what would protect the paint and help prevent it from chipping (I did 5 coats).
The main advice I would give anyone wanting to paint their tile is this...do your research! I'm sure there are a lot of different ways to paint tile, some easier than others. I don't know how mine will hold up because it's only been about a month since I painted it, but so far so good. I do have to clean mine every other day (I use soap and water only) since I decided to paint it white, but it's worth it. I hope this helps and if you decide to paint tile somewhere in your home, I would love to see pictures!