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 Paint the outdated backsplash you currently have and save some major cash!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!

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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  • Deborah Lynn Deborah Lynn on Jun 03, 2020

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

  • Teresa Lee Whaley Teresa Lee Whaley on Jun 03, 2020

    Does this work on old formica?

  • Susan QC Susan QC on Jan 17, 2022

    I see you changed out the drawer pulls, but I'm wondering about the cabinet hardware. Did you paint the original handles and also the hinges? I have the same ones and I am trying to decide what to do about my hinges. Any thoughts or help is appreciated.

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