I’m going to teach you how to PAINT your backsplash to look like actual tile! There are SO many possibilities… with pattern, color combination, etc. This is a great option of you’re not ready to commit to the permanency of tile (or the cost, or messy installation).
I decided to paint over our backsplash (that I painted the very first week we lived in this house). This is what it looked like the first time I painted it to look like a tile backsplash:
It’s served us well for several years, and I liked how classic and neutral it was. But since we paint so many awesome backsplashes, I’ve been feeling like ours is pretty darn boring and plain for my current taste. It was kinda sad painting over all that work, but it was time for a change.
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Now that I had this beautiful blank slate, I had to decide what to do! So many options!!
I’ve been loving the long/skinny staggered horizontal like Brenda’s backsplash, so Nick did some measuring and mathematics, and gave me some tape markers on the ruler to use for my markings. This is 1/4″ Painters Tape.
So every couple feet, I would lightly put little penciled markings to direct my taping efforts. (you can get the 1/4″ tape HERE)
But it’s so worth it, my dear friends! Don’t be discouraged!
Next, I very randomly put little short pieces of painters tape here and there, making various sizes of long/horizontal ‘tiles’. The less you think, the better! (my kind of project!)
Now for the fun part! I wanted very contrasting colors, so I did some light(ish) natural ‘travertine’-looking tiles. I decided to throw in some solid colors that would look like ‘glass’ tiles… so I went with solid black, metallic silver, and dark teal (using some leftover wall color). These were a combination of acrylic craft paints, and latex wall paint. As long as they’re all water based, you can mix and match!
This is what it looked like after painting and BEFORE we removed the tape…
I love the unexpected shimmer of the metallic ‘tiles’.
I know I’m taking a break from turquoise, but we had leftover wall paint (Pittsburgh Paints ‘Deep Emerald’), and it just felt right, ok? I’m not one to waste paint.
Yes, I truly keep a mug of paint brushes on the back of my stove. They get used enough that it’s just convenient to have them out and available. And I decided they’re pretty!
It’s just a little more edgy and unique, and I like that.
There are still some things I would change about my kitchen… but building appliances from scratch isn’t one of Nick’s many talents. I wouldn’t hate it if Kenmore contacted us and wanted to sponsor our blog and give us a few ‘samples’. Heh heh…
P.S… if you’d like to see the technique we used to achieve the glossy swirls on the wall, click here! It’s by far our most popular post of all time!
And here’s a ‘PIN-able’ pic for your pinning pleasure!
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