DIY Painted Backsplash

3 Materials
4 Hours

Wanting to update your kitchen without breaking the bank? This DIY project only requires a few supplies and can be done in an afternoon! Paint the outdated backsplash you currently have and save some major cash!

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The cabinets are 20 years old, but in great shape. With an updated backsplash and new countertops, this kitchen now looks brand new!


Lightly sand down the surface of the backsplash with sandpaper. I used 100 grit with my electric sander.

Then apply a thin coat of Zinsser Peel Stop Triple Thick Primer.

I was surprised at how thin and milky the primer seemed, but it did a great job!

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Don't be scared by the appearance of the primer after it dries!


Paint two coats of whatever color you have decided to use. For this project, I used Sherwin Williams Web Gray.

Glidden Premium is my favorite type of paint, so I always have the paint counter at Home Depot mix my Sherwin Williams color in Glidden paint, but I'm sure you could use any brand that prefer.

For this project, I used eggshell because I wanted the tile to have a matte look without being so flat that every finger print showed.

Painting the existing backsplash saved quite a bit of money, so we were able to splurge on some nice granite countertops.

Oliver approves!

Please Note: You could continue on with a sealant or a glaze, but I did not. The backsplash has been done for approximately six months now and does not have a single scratch! It has held up wonderfully!

Now, this kitchen is ready for at least another 20 years of service!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • Trisha
    on Oct 10, 2019

    I have white cabinets and brown stone floors and counter top. My walls are a pumpkin orange muted color. I have blue and orange and cream curtains. My appliances are off white. What color should the back splash be?

    • Beverly
      on Jun 4, 2020

      This is tough without seeing the colors. I don’t particularly like cream next to some whites as it makes everything look dirty. I would probably go with a beige or greige. Maybe even a soft green

  • Deborah Lynn
    on Jun 3, 2020

    If you have textured tile do you need to sand before primer?

  • Teresa Lee Whaley
    on Jun 4, 2020

    Does this work on old formica?

    • Mary Smith
      on Jul 9, 2020

      Yes. Just make sure that you sand it down first. Then finish with several coats of latex polyurethane. Buy it at Lowe’s,aHome Depot, etc.

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  • Paj10520319
    on Jun 4, 2020

    On the before and after pictures, you show different counter tops, that makes a difference in the color scheme

  • Maria
    on Jun 14, 2020

    Congratulations, good work. Please forgive me, to ask this question:

    Is this a new trend to install the microwave just above the stove? I have seen photos and I am scratching my head. I can just imagine it being affected by the heat and food splashes while cooking on the stove.

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