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Kitchen tile paint
When it comes to painting kitchen tiles you need to understand that those shiny tiles have been designed to be easily cleaned and wiped, due to the splashes from cooking, moisture and cleaning products. So any other surface will naturally pick up more dirt and be not as hard wearing, regardless of the type of paint you use.
However, if you want to be realistic about these things there are times when you want an easy change to your kitchen and don’t want the hassle of a compete kitchen retiling, so painting the tiles is a logical decision!
Fundamentally it can be done successfully, just don’t scrimp on the preparation and you’ll be fine.
- Preparing your kitchen tiles to to be painted. First of all give the tiles a good clean, to rid them of any grease that may reduce adhesion of the paint.
- Create a ‘key’. Lightly sand the kitchen tiles so that you take some of the glossy finish away, so that the primer will have an easier surface to adhere to, this is called keying the surface.
- Check if there are any areas of the kitchen tiles that you don’t want to paint, and if so make sure to mask them off carefully.
- Use the Graphenstone universal primer to prime your ceramic kitchen tiles, two thin coats will be sufficient. The better your prep the longer the paint will last, and the better it will look too.
- Allow primer to dry, and then paint with the Graphenstone grafclean midshine paint, in whichever colour you want
- Make sure the paint has properly dried before washing or wiping the surface, although it will be tack dry pretty quickly, you’ll want to ideally leave it 3 days to fully cure.
Fundamentally if you use the universal natural primer, you can paint on a huge variety of surfaces, including plastics, wood, metal and many others. The key sand is critical for best adhesion.We choose the grafclean midshine as it is not quite so matte, so much easier to clean in the future.
You can use the same paint for your kitchen walls too, it’s a preferred choice for areas such as in the kitchen and bathroom where a more durable finish may be required.
Kitchen cupboard paint
If you want to paint your kitchen cupboards, units or kitchen cabinets then follow the same advice as above really, key surface, primer then paint.
Kitchen wall paint
We would recommend the Grafclean Premium (either the standard finish or the slightly less matte finish such as the midshine) – both would be a good choice as they are both wipeable, tough and hard wearing.
Kitchen door paint
Whether you are painting the kitchen door itself, or the cupboard doors the process is the same, key the surface, prime with the universal primer and then top coat with the Grafclean Midshine.
Kitchen and bathroom paint
If you are looking for a single type of paint for painting both the kitchen and bathroom in one go, then I suggest the Graphenstone Grafclean premium.
Kitchen paint ideas
It doesn’t take much to totally transform the look of your kitchen, even if you just paint the walls. Personally I like to have a light colour ceiling, usually white as to reflect as much daylight back down onto the worktops, also a lighter ceiling will creates the illusion of a higher ceiling, and therefore a larger room.
Kitchen colour paint ideas and the best kitchen paint colours:
Shades of green or blue seem to be popular at the moment, but it can often depend on how large the kitchen is, as opting for lighter colours can create a illusion of more space as mentioned previously.
Chalk paint kitchen cupboards
Although it may seem popular to use ‘so called’ chalk paints, generally they are made entirely of high VOC acrylic plastics and chemical solvents. Always request the ingredients list or data sheet and check for yourself! A true chalk paint really wouldn’t be ideal in a normal kitchen. I suggest using the Graphenstone as above.
Small kitchen paint ideas
I’d say stick to lighter colours to give the illusion space and a brighter room,
How to paint laminate kitchen cupboards
Laminate kitchen cupboards can be painted in the same way as kitchen tiles, key the surface, prime and then topcoat.
Can you paint kitchen work tops
Technically yes, but it’s not ideal as the surfaces need to be able to withstand constant use. Personally I would not paint the worktops, opting for natural oils if a wooden surface.
I generally think that trying to get a good paint colour combination is really hard in the kitchen due to so many large appliances that often dominate. However that can be used as a starting point and something to build upon! I generally think that whites and creams are a good logical choice, adding in an accent colour if needed.
Kitchen cupboard paint: The best natural kitchen cupboard paint would be the Graphenstone Grafclean Midshine natural paint, which when used with the Graphenstone Four2Four natural primer works very well on wood, plastic paints and melamine cupboard doors. Make sure you use the primer!
Kitchen door paint: If you are painting kitchen doors and want to use natural and eco friendly paints, then the best option would be to use the Graphenstone Four2Four natural primer, and then the Graphenstone Grafclean Midshine.
Kitchen unit paint: Depending on what they are made from, but generally if you use the universal natural primer Graphenstone Four2Four this will allow the Graclean Midshine to stick properly when painting your kitchen units.
Grey kitchen paint: This is a common question actually! We love the Graphenstone greys such as grey goose, which can be found here: Natural Colours
Kitchen ceiling paint: For ceilings you can use anything, if just white then I would suggest the Graphenstone Ecosphere, or if you want colours then the Graphenstone GCS Interior Emulsion.
Kitchen wood paint: For painting kitchen trim and other kitchen wood, I would recommend using the Graphenstone Universal Natural Primer Four2Four first, followed by the Natural Wood Paint Grafclean Midshine.
Best grey kitchen paint? – I would recommend the Stone Natural Colour
Best blue kitchen paint? – I would recommend the Soft Smoke Natural Colour
Best green kitchen paint? – I would recommend the Nakajima Natural Colour
Best white kitchen paint? – I would recommend the White Natural Colour
Eco Friendly Decorating & Decorative Ideas – Painting Tiles!
If you have found yourself staring at the tiles in your bathroom or the backsplash tiles in your kitchen and wishing you could spice it up a bit? well here’s your chance! This is a very simple do-it-yourself project that instructs just how you can get paint to stick to tiles so that you could create a colourful pattern (such as adding a few blue tiles to that plain white tiled divider in the kitchen!) for a chic, new look – without having to replace the tiles themselves!
First, be sure to thoroughly clean your tiles. Then apply painters tape to the grout surrounding the tile and make sure it is secure – this will preserve your crisp edge around the tile.
After your tile is cleaned and the area is taped off, it’s time to take a small paint roller and apply primer to your tile. A paint roller will ensure a smoother application than a brush, and prevent your painted tiles from standing out in a bad way.
When the primer is set, it’s time to paint! Paint your primed tile whatever colour you desire. It’s recommended you use the Graphenstone Midsheen, so that the finish can shine alongside the other tiles in the set.
Of course, if you prime the tiles – you can do all sorts of effects with them. From sponging different colours for a marbled effect to panting with stencils to get cute letters or pictures inside every odd tile, you have a wide variety of options! Using this, you can add unique qualities to the tiles in your home without spending too much money to replace all of the tiling.