How to paint backsplash tiles with chalk paint

by | Apr 2, 2020

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I am soooooooo happy with my painted tile backsplash in my kitchen!!! Let me show you how to paint backsplash tiles using Dixie Belle chalk paint for a huge impact on a small budget…

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I have wanted to do this for over a year….. so to finally see it come to life…. and to love it even more than I thought I would…. has me doing a not so pretty happy dance over here!

See the before and after… what do you think??

I want to blog about ALL the details of the kitchen…. but for now…. I want to only focus on the ease and affordability of painting that tumbled stone tile!

I will fully admit that painting the harlequin/checkered pattern had me a bit scared.  So I chose I white that I could live with…. just in case I got it painted and decided that was as far as I would take it. 

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 I chose Fluff by Dixie Belle…. which if you have followed me for very long…. you know it is my favorite white.  It is soft….not blinding….and not yellow/beige in the least!

I chose Caviar (my favorite Dixie Belle black) as my black….and had it on stand by…. just in case I found the guts to go for my vision in its entirety!

How to paint a tile backsplash: step-by-step

Step 1: Mix the appropriate amount of White Lightening cleaner with water (per the directions) and spray the tile liberally… .letting the cleaner run across both tile and grout…. allowing it to do its job of degreasing and cutting through grit and grime.  Wipe dry with a lint-free cloth or paper towels.

Step 2: Liberally spray the tile with JUST water…. fully rinsing any leftover White Lightning from the surface…. with a NEW lint-free cloth or paper towels until dry.

Step 3: Apply one coat of Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick.  This product is made to prime very slick surfaces.  It has the ability to bond to the slick surface and also offers a new surface (once dry) for the first layer of paint to adhere to.

***I also have a How to Prep Furniture blog dedicated to this exact topic where I clearly explain each product and when to use it. See that HERE.

Step 4: Apply one coat Fluff.  This dries within 20-30 minutes and will be ready for the second coat.  If you are changing your tiles with just a single color…..skip step 5.

Step 5: Paint every other tile with your contrasting color.  I did not use tape.  I followed the line of the tile with a small artist angled brush.  I only applied paint to the tile and not where the original grout was.  I applied two coats of Caviar.  Let dry overnight.

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Step 6: Apply one coat of Gator Hide.  Let dry 4-6 hours (optimal is to dry overnight).  And reapply a second coat of Gator Hide for your final finish.

Enjoy your new look…… in any color you want…… for a dramatic, fresh and super affordable look!

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I’ll be doing this soon in my master bath!

And because I know many of you will ask…. that amazing new zebra print rug in my kitchen can be purchased HERE.

Other Home Design Projects

See some of the other projects I’ve completed around my house over the years…include my newly painted kitchen cabinets…that I did in one weekend…and then proceeded to redo in its current color a few weeks later because the Vintage Duck Egg blue just wasn’t doing it for me.


The products listed here are what I used this “How to paint backsplash tiles” tutorial!  Dixie Belle Paint company offers amazing products that will make all of your projects successful no matter what your skill level! Just click on any of the products shown below!  You can also find my favorite products and tools in my Amazon influencer list HERE.

Here’s how it works…these products are attached to my name. When you purchase by clicking from my blog…..then Dixie Belle offers a kickback to me for referring you!  It doesn’t cost you any more to use my links….and the support helps me to bring you new projects!  So I thank you in advance!!!

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  1. Karen Bruyninckx

    I love it! The backsplash changed the whole look of the kitchen.

  2. Linda

    Tracey your kitchen looks beautiful. I want to paint my backsplash however it’s those glass and stone rectangle pieces with a lot of grout lines so I don’t know if it’s possible. Lucy is adorable. She’ll be a handful when grown as my daughter can attest to, but lovable none the less. Love all your projects, even your own.?

  3. Carol J Stepp

    Woman, you are far braver than I am. I have had paint for my kitchen for
    almost two years… am determined to get it on the walls this spring/summer.
    However, it’s Valspar and I think it’s called Sandbar or Sanddune. I don’t
    plan on a backsplash at this point. But seeing yours does give me ideas.
    You continue to impress me with your skills and imagination. Keep it up.

  4. Regina Stillings

    Tracey you are amazing! Do you have any tips on creating a backsplash on a regular wall? I don’t have current tiles there but would love to create the look of having a tile backsplash?

  5. Nancy Gillespie

    Wow Tracey!
    The kitchen turned out beautiful!! You are so brave to tackle that back splash!! But then again with your skill & talent it’s just another day at the office for you!! Love it!! Love you!!!

    • Tracey Bellion

      Awww…you are so sweet! Stir-crazy is a really thing!! I am the most relaxed when I’m painting so it seems I’m painting everything I can get my hands on. Lol

  6. Sandra

    I love it and admire your moxie! I have a stained bead board backsplash that needs attention. Unfortunately my major project moxie levels are insufficient!

    • Tracey Bellion

      Girl, just go for it and I bet you’ll find your moxie too!!

  7. Joseph

    The kitchen looks beautiful and thanks for sharing the steps too.



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