Good Questions: Kitchen Tile Cover-Up?

Good Questions: Kitchen Tile Cover-Up?

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 16, 2006

Hello AT,

So, Spouse and I are about to buy a house. This house has a very "nice" kitchen (oak cabinets, tile backsplash, ceiling fan, recessed lighting). Great, but not our style. So far, my plan is to paint the cabinets white, add new, simple black "Twig" hardware and paint the walls Benjamin Moore Banana Yellow. The tile is cream with blue accents (again, not my style). I'm trying to decide on a good way to cover them. Any ideas? Basically I'd go for something simple like white, black or aluminum. So far I'm ...

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1) paint. but how and with what product?
2) self stick metal tile covers
But are they any good?
3) or use IKEA's Imperativ aluminum wall panels to cover up whole
backsplash area.

We won't have the money to pay someone to retile, and I'll be too busy sledge hammering the awful fake fireplace for the four feet it's stolen from my tiny new living room to make a first attempt at tile removal and installation. I'd love ideas and suggestions.

Thanks, Alisa (in Philadelphia)

Dear Alisa,

This is a tough one, because the right thing to do is re-tile, of course. Of your ideas, we'd go with the IKEA tiles and definitely don't paint them. Paint will look really bad.

Anyone else?

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