Hey guys!! It’s me, Beth (from Sawdust and Embryos) once again! Did ya miss me? I’m guessing not, since you follow my blog too! hehe… right?
So listen… there’s an epic problem going on in our country, and it’s called: THE NAKED BACKSPLASH.
Is your backsplash in the buff like mine was? Just a plain painted wall?
It might be because tile is too expensive. Or maybe you can’t find tile in the colors you want. Or maybe you never realized what a HUGE difference it could make in your kitchen. BAM… check this out.
All of it is PAINTED ‘tile’ my friends.
And the best part is that it costs about $10 bucks. For the whole.freakin.thing.
HAVE I CONVINCED YOU?
Good, let’s break it down…
We began by painting our backsplash white, and letting that dry for several days to fully cure.
The next step is to decide which pattern you want! The possibilities are endless, but here are a few basic examples.
We chose the long/skinny staggered tiles for our backsplash. And the next step is to do a little measuring and figuring, and making the necessary markings on your backsplash in pencil.
And begin taping away! We bought our 1/4 inch ‘grout’ tape here.
This is by far the most tedious part, but if you choose to have a good attitude about it and put on some fun music, it can actually be a bit therapeutic!
After we got all the horizontal lines taped out, I went back through and added (very randomly) little vertical lines… to make each ‘tile’ a different length than it’s neighbors.
FINALLY it’s time to paint! Happy dance… happy dance!!
Decide on a color palate that complements your kitchen (we have tons of examples here in our S/E Backsplash Gallery). We just use simple little acrylic craft paints. For our backsplash, we chose neutral tan, cream grays… and threw in some metallic silver, black and our dark teal wall paint.
Then we just dabbed on different combinations of paint with a foam brush. We’re constantly being asked by our readers how we make it look like actual stone… but there is NO trick to it. You just kinda blotch the paint on until it looks the way you want. For the silver, black and dark teal… I just painted them on solid, because I wanted them to look more like ‘glass’ tiles than natural stone.
Start removing the tape as soon as you’re finished, because you don’t want the paint to dry completely… otherwise the tape will pull away some of your paint. NO BUENO!
Removing the tape is the best part… such instant gratification. Can you believe it? LOVE those shiny metallic silver tiles!
I love how custom, yet edgy it feels!
And here’s my whole kitchen! (Tutorial on how I did the glossy swirly accent wall HERE)
Another benefit of having a painted backsplash instead of tile, is that when you get bored of it? JUST PAINT OVER IT and start again! No messy demolition of your tile, or expensive installation! In fact… this is the second time we painted this backsplash. Here is what it looked like last time.
We do recommend rolling on some PolyAcrylic after your paint has dried (for maximum durability). Believe it or not, your backsplash will be easier to clean than if you had real tile (with all those grody/greasy grout lines). I think a high-five is in order.