DIY on a Dime: My New Kitchen Tile

I finally painted my kitchen tile! I procrastinated on this DIY project for the longest — mostly because my kitchen tile is glass tile and I was unsure how the final project would look once completed. I’m sooooo happy with how it turned out! This project was super easy and took one weekend only. I wish I did it two years ago when I first moved in. Better late than never!


What You’ll Need:

  1. Blue painter’s tape;

  2. White Bristle Paintbrush for oil based paints;

  3. Foam paintbrush;

  4. Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 White Water Baded Prime;

  5. Latex high-gloss paint and primer. I used Behr Premium Plus Interior Hi-Gloss Enamel in Ultra Pure White;

  6. TSP Cleaner; and,

  7. Microfiber Cleaning Rag.


Step One: Clean Your Tile

First, pour 1/4 of a cup of the TSP cleaner into a bucket. Next, fill the bucket with warm water (I poured approximately one gallon). Take your microfiber cleaning rag and scrub the diluted cleaning solvent on the tile. If your tile is heavily stained, add more TSP solution to your bucket. This takes some good elbow greasing to remove actual kitchen grease and stains. Please allow the tile to dry before priming (I waited about 7 hours.)


Step Two: Prime Your Tile

I used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 White Water Baded Primer. I only did one coat of primer. Please wait at least 24 hours before painting the tile. Make sure that you are also priming the grout!

When priming your tile, try to apply the primer moving the brush in one steady direction. Since I was painting over glass ceramic tile, moving the brush back and forth was causing brush strokes or lines to appear, very visibly. I noticed that when I applied the primer by moving the brush strokes in one direction, it reduced the appearance of brush strokes to the naked eye.


Step Three: Paint Your Tile

Once your primer is dry, begin painting the tile. Again, you want to apply the paint with the bristle brush, moving in one direction, the same direction you applied the primer.


Painting my ceramic tile took approximately two coats plus touch-ups on the grout.

While painting your tile, be sure that you are painting your grout. My tiles were originally brown with grey grout. So, it was very important that I painted the grout as well, to create a seamless look of white subway tile and white grout. For touch ups, I used a small sponge brush since the tip of the brush fit in the grout lines perfectly, without messing with the brush strokes on the tile itself.


What do you guys think? Do you prefer the brown glass tile? I think the white subway look really brightened up the space and changed the energy of the room. I would love to know what you all think, so feel free to comment below!


Small Spa Bathroom Makeover


Small Bathroom Makeover

Spa at Home on a Budget


When I first bought my home, I hated my bathroom. I was mostly grumpy about how contemporary it is, given that I live in a 1920s historic “daylight” row house. Nonetheless, I didn’t want to spend tons of money remodeling a bathroom that was already remodeled, especially since this is just my first home — not my forever home. Still, I needed a bathroom that I would love, rather than loathe.

Now, these before pictures are misleading. The bathroom often felt dark and closed in because of the khaki color. Since I’m in a row house, there are no bathroom windows, only a skylight above. Also, (again, these before pictures are quite deceiving) the bathroom had poor lighting! On top of the khaki, the sconce above the wooden mirror gave really poor light. I never did my makeup or got dressed in here as a result.

Finally, there’s very little storage.

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How to Make Your Bathroom an Home Spa

  1. Apothecary Jars

    I LOVE apothecary jars. The look of apothecary jars is timeless and will never go out of style, even if you decide that you’re tired of the spa look and prefer something completely different in decor style, like bohemian. Apothecary jars are great for small storage like cotton balls, salts, etc. Put them on display in your bathroom.


2. Living Plants

Interior designers and decor enthusiasts would agree that your home should have living plants. They’re not just pretty, but they also purify the air in the room, providing bright colors and texture. Unless your bathroom has a lot of natural lighting from windows, choose a plant that needs low lighting for your bathroom. I found a cute little plant at Lowe’s, that needed low to moderate lighting. My bathroom only has a skylight above, so this was ideal.


3. Minimalism and Texture

If you can avoid it, do not junk up your bathroom! Take the Marie Kondo method and only keep in the space what is necessary. Your bathroom should be uncluttered and inviting. Other than your bedroom, it is a place for you to relax. So reduce the 10 different shampoos and conditioners on the shelf.

For texture, I found this adorable Magnolia for Target Hearth and Hand leather file organizer. It’s the perfect size to hold toilet paper rolls. The faux leather brings texture and warm color tones into the space, to compliment the warm tile and contrasting pool blue paint. So again, offering functionality, my toilet paper is on display and stored.


4. Good Smells: Candles, Incense, Soaps and Essential Oils

I find aromatherapy one of the most important factors in creating a calming, spa like bathroom. Whether it’s soaps, bath salts or oils, you should have at least one of the three on hand in the room. I found these cute clear apothecary jars at Home Goods. I use them for bath salts and soaps.

I also found this gorgeous brushed nickel bar cart. I use if for displaying my soaps and salts. Since i’m in a historic row house, my main bath is also a guest bath. So, I wanted to make all of the soaps and salts easily accessible for when family comes to town and opt to use the jacuzzi tub.


5. Artwork

Display artwork that goes with the space. I wanted an art piece that was calming and simple, but also brought in the warm tones again. i found this awesome goddess piece, surrounded by palm leaves (that go with my mini plant) in gold and beige tones (playing off of the tile).


6. Great Lighting

If you look at the before pictures above, this bathroom did not have great lighting. It was so dim! I would never use the bathroom when i needed to apply makeup or do my hair. With the dark paint and dark lighting, it was not ideal. Now i have an entirely new mirror, that is much taller, giving the illusion that the space is larger; and, the lighting which is much brighter. Also, I chose wall sconce’s that would be close to the time period of the home. The initial lighting and mirror were too contemporary for the space. The only reason why I didn’t bother to knock out the contemporary bathroom tile and correct it with something more period friendly (white subway tile) is because this tile is brand spanking new considering I bought the house flipped. So, when you purchase a historic home, try not to overdue it with the remodeling by choosing fixtures that are “too contemporary" for the space. I think it sometimes diminishes the character of the home.


7. Hardware

I think my seller just installed the cheapest hardware he could find. So, i invested in this shower head. Investing in a new shower head is worth the money. It can make a difference in reducing the stress and tension held in your muscles.


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