In an outdated kitchen, a dingy tile backsplash is one feature that reveals a room's real age. To modernize kitchen tile without spending the time and money to fully replace it, paint and some sealant work wonders. From a fresh coat of white paint, to intricate stenciling, there's a tile-painting technique to fit every home decor style.
The stylists at Martha Stewart hand-painted new white tiles with wavy lines to form the backsplash above, but you could try a similar technique to update the plain white backsplash you already own. An imperfect pattern significantly lowers the stakes of painting directly on the tile.
Painting this triangular pattern only looks complicated. Stylish Megan Pflug first used painter's tape to mark off a zig-zagging design before filling in sections with gray paint. Find the step-by-step how-to on One Kings Lane.
The simplest way to transform dated tile is to coat the entire surface in a fresh color, like the vibrant turquoise A Beautiful Mess chose above. And if you get tired of the hue in a couple of years? Don't worry, you can always paint over it.
Sometimes, the best solution isn't to add color, but to cover over an old-fashioned hue. The tile in this 1970s Swiss home from Modern Wayfarers used to be a dingy-looking beige, but a fresh coat of white paint perks up the entire room.
To get the look of traditional Portuguese tile on the outdated backsplash that came with your place, embellish the tiles with Cutting Edge Stencils, as shown in the kitchen above from House Over Head.
If you're going for that rustic, Fixer Upper-style kitchen, follow Gracie Blue's lead and whitewash exposed brick with watered-down chalk paint.