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.
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First paint the area in a grey paint (or whatever color you wanted...).
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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".
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Then tape your wall using a 3" x 6" cardboard paper as your template.
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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.
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Then using a high gloss white paint, paint the whole area.
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After everything has dried remove the tape and enjoy your new backsplash.
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You can see more detailed instructions at: http://www.twofeetfirst.net/2015/05/diy-cheap-kitchen-backsplash.html
Megan {TwoFeetFirst}

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  • Ste13773046
    on Nov 17, 2018

    I am really not sure but they make a pinstripe tape for cars?? and could you use that for you grout lines. I could never cut that small a stripe and do it steadily. then peel if off after just like you blue tape. Or could they cut the blue tape at Home depot wiht the shutter and blind cutter???? my hands aren't that steady anymore.

  • Sheri
    on Nov 18, 2018

    If you painted the wall gray to get the grout lines, why do you have those white brick looking patches in the 2nd, 4th, and 5th picture down? You were going to paint the whole wall white to get the subway tiles, so why are those white brick strips there?

    • Becky
      on Nov 19, 2018

      It's just a way to save a little bit of the gray paint. It doesn't need to be solid.

  • 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.

    • Marsha Kearney
      on Nov 25, 2018

      Use blue tape if you’re applying it over a painted area. It normally won’t stick to paint.

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  • Connie Steiner
    on Nov 28, 2018

    Great job done

  • Crystal Meyer Griffith
    on Nov 29, 2018

    To really get a tile look, I would use high gloss white paint or whatever color you want to make the tiles themselves. Maybe use a satin or eggshell flat for the grout to add realism. If you wanted to get crazy, make a thick plastic stencil of the tiles. Then use joint compound to fill in the thickness of the stencil. A very real 3-D effect.

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