Chalkboard Subway Tile Backsplash for less than $20

$20
5 Hours
Easy
We are slowly working on the kitchen and new countertops are on the list along with a back splash. Those are another year or two out though so in the meantime, after painting our cabinets, I created a fake subway tile back splash using chalkboard paint and a chalk marker.
From further back even it still looks amazing and like real tile.
An easy and cheap alternative to a boring painted back splash area. We aren't ready to tile our back splash yet but I wanted something fun to look at and decided to make my own fake tile.
Using chalkboard paint and chalk marker, we were able to draw straight horizontal lines using a level. We spaced the vertical lines about every five inches, which is about the length of a subway tile.
With less than $20 invested in my new backsplash, I love how it turned out! It definitely kicked the kitchen up a notch and makes me happy every time I walk in here.
Painting the cabinets this past summer was a lot of work that definitely paid off. This quick change to the kitchen backsplash area makes it feel more finished.

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  • Trish Trish on Aug 05, 2019

    Did you protect the blackboard paint with a matte sealer?

  • Julie Julie on Sep 28, 2020

    Hi . Does it come in different colours ? How long does it stay on for ? 1year -5years ?

  • Ivo Ivo on May 28, 2021

    Best paint for kitchen cabinets

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