DIY Cheap Subway Tile Backsplash

Do you want a cheap way to update your kitchen backsplash? How about for just $22 dollars? Here is how we added a subway tile look to our backsplash using paint. This can also be done using contact paper if you are renting a space. Here is our finished backsplash.
First paint the area in a grey paint (or whatever color you wanted...).
Next cut your tape using a straight-edged knife to the size you want for your grout. I wish I would have made mine a little bit smaller to 1/8".
Then tape your wall using a 3" x 6" cardboard paper as your template.
Using a credit card, make sure all the tape is sticking to the wall. But to get a crisp line, take the grey paint and paint over all the edges of the tape.
Then using a high gloss white paint, paint the whole area.
After everything has dried remove the tape and enjoy your new backsplash.
You can see more detailed instructions at:

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  • Vicki
    on Nov 24, 2018

    I am surprised the paint did not peel up when you pulled off the tape or was there touch up needed. I never wait until the paint has dried to pull the tape because of this. Was there a special type of paint? Tell us if there is a trick to prevent the paint from peeling up.

    • A_jensen99
      on May 12, 2020

      I would use quilting tape it is very slim and comes of very easily. The width is about the same as normal grout

  • Stephanie Mastri
    Stephanie Mastri
    on Feb 1, 2019

    Can you do this on outside foudation stucco? to look like brick? What type of paint would you need to use?

  • Shelly s
    Shelly s
    Just now

    can you show a before picture

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  • Cleo Powell
    Cleo Powell
    on Aug 3, 2019

    instead of cutting the tape maybe you could use automotive tape? They have it in 1/4 . Just a thought .

    Great job!

  • Lorelei Sola
    Lorelei Sola
    on Aug 27, 2019

    I love the subway tile look without having the grout to keep clean. This paint job is great. I definitely want to do this. I may use dark blue/gray as grout color. Thank you.

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