Installing a Painted Glass Backsplash

Installing a tiled glass backsplash is a quick, easy way to revitalize the look of your kitchen, but many people don’t know how to install them. Putting in a backsplash that’s been treated with glass paint doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what to do. Read on for some tips on installing a backsplash that will last for many years.


Repair the drywall first. When discussing glass tile backsplashes, we should discuss the underlying material first. Any tile installation needs a solid backing, and if you’ve taken down old tiles to install new ones, you may find that some areas of drywall need repairs. By starting with a solid surface, you’ll ensure that your glass tiles stay in place.

Install extensions for electrical boxes. If we’re discussing the installation of a backsplash, why are we talking about extensions for your electrical boxes? Tiles that have been treated with industrial glass paint add thickness to the wall, and you’ll need to adjust your electrical boxes accordingly. These extensions are widely and cheaply available at hardware stores, and installation only takes a few minutes. If you decide to install them yourself, be sure to turn off the power at the main breaker before starting.

Prime the wall. When giving tips on the installation of a backsplash, it’s worthwhile to mention that the wall needs priming. If you’re choosing translucent glass tiles that have been treated with glass paint, be sure to use a white primer for protection from old paint bleed-through. The area behind the glass should be covered in thinset mortar, but white primer can cover up those small “missed spots”.

Allow room for future improvements. For most painted glass installation projects, it’s best to leave a small space uncovered (in a hidden area) in case an appliance needs to be removed at a later date. Even if you don’t intend to remove new appliances, issues can arise–and it can be difficult to match new tiles with the old. However, when leaving the gap, you should use a clear silicone-based caulk to prevent water from getting behind the tiles and causing damage.

Grout spacing on backsplashes with glass paint is usually left at 1/8″. You or your installer should use grout spacers to keep the joints consistently sized and spaced. We hope you’ve learned something from this article on installing painted glass backsplashes, and we wish you good luck on your next project.


A Guide to Handling Painted Glass

Backpainted glass is becoming a popular home decor option, and self priming glass paints are a big reason why. These paints make it easier to backpaint your own glass, forming a permanent bond through molecular changes in the glass surface. Glass paint makes the task easier for homeowners, but you can still rely on the guide below for effective handling of backpainted glass.


Cleaning Overspray After Painting is Finished

Removing overspray off of the edges or front of a piece of glass is easy enough, but it will require some effort on your part. Use fine steel wool to remove the overspray from the edges, and use paint thinner to remove any that’s on the front of the glass. For exceptionally thick overspray, use a sharp razor blade to scrape it, following up with paint thinner as required.

Cleaning a Paint Gun After Using Glass Paint

Here again, paint or lacquer thinner is the best tool for the job. Use it, along with a clean cloth, to remove permanent glass paint from your paint gun after every use. Spray thinner through your paint gun for a minimum of 30 seconds; for a more thorough cleaning, take the paint gun apart and clean its internal parts with fresh paint thinner.

Easy Tips for Installation of Backpainted Glass

When you’re done backpainting glass for a backsplash or other job, it’s time to install it without shattering it into hundreds of tiny pieces. Double sided glaziers’ tape and silicone glue is the standard in the industry. The tape temporarily holds the glass in place until the silicone glue has dried. Alternatively, products such as Liquid Nails or Mirror Mastic can be used to install your backpainted glass.

Glass paint has seen its share of technological advances, but many do-it-yourselfers still don’t know how to handle it before, during and after the job. By promptly cleaning up overspray, carefully cleaning application tools with lacquer thinner, and installing the glass properly, you can enjoy the look of painted glass anywhere in your home.


5 Ways to Use Glass in the Kitchen

Glass front cabinets can create a focal point in a kitchen or a bathroom. They can display your most precious possessions, store functional items, and ease the transition from one room to the next. Here, you’ll learn how to determine whether these cabinets can work in your home.


Glass-Fronted Peninsula Cabinets

Some kitchens have peninsulas that can be accessed from three sides, and they separate the cooking from the dining area. Although this type of storage is very practical, it can close off the kitchen. Adding cabinets that have doors treated with glass paints can let more light into the room while creating an open, airy feel.

Frameless Glass Cabinets

A traditional glass front cabinet has a wooden frame with a center panel made of glass. Frameless cabinets, however, have a glass sheet that covers the entire front of the cabinet. They have a contemporary feel, and the lack of cabinet hardware can lend a sleek look to the room.

Sliding Glass Cabinets

These were very common in the 1970s, but they’ve come back into the modern kitchen and bathroom. The doors of these cabinets glide on recessed tracks, and they sometimes have direct-drilled hardware, but many have a handle that’s merely a hole cut into the glass.

Decorative Glass

Whether they’re framed or frameless, glass front cabinets come in a variety of finishes and patterns — some even have glass paint on them. You can either have the glass cut when you order your cabinets, or you can ask the vendor to prep the doors for glass. By painting on glass and using your imagination, you can make your kitchen cabinets unique.

Painted Front Cabinets

Here, you’ll get frameless doors, and the glass will be treated with special glass paints on the reverse side. In what’s known as a factory finish, an epoxy-based paint is applied to the back of the glass in a uniform manner to minimize imperfections.

There are many ways to use glass in the kitchen, and its uses are only limited by your imagination. By evaluating your options in glass cabinetry, you can find the right set of cabinets for your home.