Hand Painted Kitchen Tiles – Blog

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Hand Painted Kitchen Tiles – Blog by Lee Simone, Specialist Painter 

This particular project was primarily a kitchen repaint commission in the lovely village of Goldsborough, nr. York. The clients contacted me wanting to update the look of their kitchen by repainting the kitchen units in a more contemporary colour.

 

The original slightly dated looking kitchen

The original slightly dated looking kitchen

 

The finished, more contemporary new look kitchen

The finished, more contemporary new look kitchen

 

Silky smooth brush mark free paint finish

Silky smooth brush mark free paint finish

 

Over the years I have written various pieces about repainting kitchens – the do’, the don’ts, the stages, the materials, so for this Blog I thought I’d concentrate on the other major part of the project, hand painting the tiles.

During the initial consultation we looked at new colour options for both the kitchen units and the walls and also discussed their plans for the tiles. As you can see from the picture above, the boldly coloured checker board style of the current tiles was adding to the somewhat dated look. Their plans were to replace these tiles with something more modern and neutral, though they mentioned they weren’t keen on all the mess and the potential damage this might bring. They couldn’t however see an alternative, until I mentioned painting them….

Like many people their primary source of seeing hand painted tiles has been in public areas and pub loos, most of which are peeling off and have brush strokes a plenty. There were therefore naturally a bit sceptical that a) it would look good and b) it would be durable.

I explained that will a bit of time, some painty skills and the right prep and products their tiles would not only look amazing but also be super durable, well up to the rigors of a kitchens everyday use.

 

Hand Painting Tiles – The Process

Like any good painting job the key is in the preparation and the application, below is a list of the stages I used to achieve the silky smooth and durable look you can see in the pics below.

(1) Clean/degrease (I used KrudKutter)

(2) Lightly sand with 180 grit sanding pads.

(3) Apply a coat of Zinsser B-I-N primer, wait till dry and sand smooth.

(4) Apply a coat of Tikurilla Otex Primer and ‘lay off’ with a soft brush. Once dry lightly sand with 320 grit.

(5) Apply two coats of Tikurilla Empire top coat paint using and ‘lay off’ with a soft brush. Lightly sand between coats.

(6) Re-establish grout lines with a grout pen.

(7) Apply 2 coats of Osmo Polyx Oil Varnish (Satin) with 2 different types of roller.

 

The original tiles

The original tiles

 

The new look painted tiles

The new look painted tiles

 

Close up of the painted tiles and re-established grout lines

Close up of the painted tiles and re-established grout lines

 

The results speak for themselves, brand new quality looking tiles without all the faff, mess and expense, result! :-). My clients were absolutely thrilled (and a little amazed) with the result I achieved on their tiles and were kind enough to email this lovely testimonial after the project was completed –

‘Lee finished the job of hand-painting our solid-wood kitchen cabinets and ceramic tiles within the time frame and budget agreed. Although the time-frame and consequent disruption to our living conditions was lengthy Lee was meticulous in his preparation and the finished job was excellent. The transformation of the tiles through painting and lacquering was particularly impressive – you wouldn’t believe they are not newly glazed tiles and without the mess and hassle of replacing them. Lee is not the cheapest nor the quickest but he ensures excellent quality and value for money.’

 R Martin, Goldsborough

 

Thanks for reading my Blog, if you would like to see the main page for this project please visit

http://imaginativeinteriors.co.uk/kitchen-repaint-with-painted-tiles/