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Faux Tile Backsplash With Paint!

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Hey all! Welcome to my kitchen. It's builder grade basic and the only personal touch I've made on it since moving in four years ago, is painting the walls red.
Time: 1 Weeks Cost: $2 Difficulty: Medium
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I was inspired by the blog Sawdust and Embryos to tackle a tedious backsplash project. I planned to create a faux marble tile affect using just paint! This project cost me a total of $2, believe it or not. First I prepped my walls, removed switch plates, and taped off the backsplash area.
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I sanded the wall because my red paint was glossy. Then I applied a primer and the first coat of paint. This coat is going to be the "grout" color so I was sure to pick paint in a flat, satin, or eggshell finish.
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After this, it's important to let the paint cure for 3 days. The next step is to tape on painters tape, so if you don't let your grout color dry, the tape will cause it to peel off. While you're waiting for it to dry, go to Amazon and buy 1/8" thick painters tape.
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Now you get to the hard part. Not only is the taping process long (took me 4 hours) but it is difficult to ensure parallel and level lines. I utilized a trick that made this fairly easy! I taped lines on a piece of cardboard and used that as my marker. I made small pencil marks every foot or so as guidelines of where to tape. I used the bottom of my cupboards as a guide because they are installed to be completely level whereas your counters can loose their "levelness" with wear. This eliminated the need for an actual level or tape measure. I checked my lines when I was done taping and they were perfect!
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Then I arbitrarily placed lines to define the tile length all over the place. I didn't measure or think too hard because I wanted it to look random. I did check these lines against a square with my counters to make sure they were perfectly perpendicular. Don't forget to tape lines on the outside of the back splash area, in corners, and really anywhere typical tiles would have grout.
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Another tip to ensure straight and crisp paint lines: after taping, run a damp, not dripping washcloth over the tape to activate the edge sealant (kind of like a temporary tattoo).
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For the "tiles" I went with a high gloss finish. High gloss makes it look more realistic, gives it contrast from the grout lines, and is highly durable. I used a cabinet and trim paint because that stuff is meant to withstand great wear and tear. I picked a greige (grayish beige) color + white with small paint brushes to get the look of stone tiles.
Remove Tape and You're Done!
You'll want to remove the tape immediately after painting the "tiles" to ensure clean paint lines. Leave the tape for the outside edges on because it is layered under much more paint. For this removal, wait until the back splash has dried at least an hour and then scour the edges of the painters tape so it comes off clean.
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  • faux tile backsplash with paint, diy, kitchen backsplash, kitchen design, painting, tiling
  • faux tile backsplash with paint, diy, kitchen backsplash, kitchen design, painting, tiling
If you're contemplating doing this project, be sure to follow the blog link to find out exactly how to do it and learn more tricks to make it easier! Thanks for reading, check out more of my hometalk projects and share a note saying what you think.

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  • Rose
    Rose Dundee, IL

    Paint switch plates easier

  • Marilynn Love
    Marilynn Love Stuart, FL

    I have faux marbled switch plates and they blended in with the marble backsplash perfectly.
    Just used paint brush,acrylic paint and a small natural sponge.Done in no time.

  • Rita
    Rita Charlotte, NC

    Nice job, I so want to do something to my kitchen too. I also want a backsplash and paint my cabinets white. The kitchen is to small for brown cabinets. I'll probably need to start it without telling my husband he loves the brown (eeww lol).

    • Melissa Woods
      Melissa Woods Saint Joseph, MN

      Lol I agree with you, white cabinets are the most beautiful!

  • Donna Marie Ledington
    Donna Marie Ledington Louisville, KY

    Another way to seal the tape edges is to lightly brush the basecoat color along the edges of the tape. I did this all the time when painting stripes of any kind.

    • Donna Marie Ledington
      Donna Marie Ledington Louisville, KY

      @Melissa Woods You are welcome.. I had my own faux finish business for a dozen years.

  • Kristin Topping
    Kristin Topping Aliso Viejo, CA

    What an impressive makeover! liked your design and ideas that you have shared for back splash tiles.Really amazing that can add a personalized and classy touch to your home decor.Thanks for great sharing with us.

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