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 Paint the outdated backsplash you currently have and save some major cash!
DIY Painted Backsplash
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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!
STEP ONE: PREP
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!
Don't be scared by the appearance of the primer after it dries!
STEP TWO & THREE: PAINT
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.
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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Bry on Jan 17, 2022
Looks great! I'd much rather have a painted backsplash than have tile with grout to take care of. I hate grout! I sanded, primed and painted the previous owner's square tiles in a checkerboard pattern. I used exterior paint and 3 coats of polycrylic clear coat. It's been more than a year and it still looks amazing. No scratches. Washes so much easier than the old tile. Don't be afraid to paint! It makes so much difference.