Farmhouse Backsplash Makeover on a Budget

Shabby Paints
by Shabby Paints
8 Materials
5 Hours

Backsplash Makeover on a Budget

Looking for a creative, inexpensive way to update your kitchen backsplash? Got leftover vinyl plank flooring?

Free backsplash using leftover vinyl flooring

If you have ever laid a vinyl plank floor and saved the left-over pieces this might be for you. I have 4 boxes of left-over flooring taking up space and every time I have to move them to get to something else, I swear I’m going to throw them away but never do. Glad I didn’t!

This vinyl flooring is the type with a faux wood grain texture, so it is perfect to give the look of wood. It is thin, flexible and easily cuts by scoring it with a utility knife.

Boring Before

What you will need:

  • Leftover flooring, or get a box of laminate flooring at your local hardware store. I used Allure ironwood vinyl flooring.
  • Nail gun, I’m in love with my cordless Ryobi.
  • Nails
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge ruler
  • White Ice Shabby Paints
  • Sand paper
  • Spray bottle of water


Remove all plug/switch covers and prep the area. Measure your first piece and mark any outlets that need to be cut out.

Use a utility knife to cut for outlets.

Use a utility knife to score and cut your vinyl pieces.

Cut around plugs and nail.

Apply using your nail gun. Continue until your entire backsplash is done.

We're making progress :)

Ready for paint!


Paint with one coat of White Ice, let dry.

Wet Sand

Spray sections with water and sand while wet to show the grain texture. (don’t spray water near outlets). You can wet your sanding sponge first and tape over the outlets.

Wet sanding is a great way to distress a strong paint. Some paints come off easier than others and spraying with water helps to weaken the paints adhesion long enough to help remove enough to show the faux grain. It also helps cut down on dust.

Only took 12 years to get my backsplash ;)


Safely extend your outlets to fit flush with your new backsplash.. If you aren’t comfortable with this ask for help.

Set back and enjoy your inexpensive backsplash!

faux wood look


Another angle of the after

Farmhouse backsplash complete!

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  • Billi Young Billi Young on Jan 29, 2019

    I absolutely LOVE your peacock bowl shown in one of your pics. Can you plz tell me more about it? Did u make it? How? It looks hand painted but yet EXTREMELY vibrant. Lol just curious!. Thanx

  • Angela Williams Lewis Angela Williams Lewis on Apr 06, 2019

    dont you need to put a finish on it? i would think if you dont the chalk paint would come off.

  • Jennifer Brandhorst Jennifer Brandhorst on Apr 30, 2019

    What did you do between the window trim and the cupboards?

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  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on Dec 29, 2020

    I love your little plant-cups. Wish I had even a six inch square I could devote to purely decorative items.

  • Mary Mary on Dec 29, 2020

    Yes I love this idea and I have the flooring and chalk paint, I wonder if I could cover my countertop the same way, it's really ugly. Someone asked about sealing the paint. I think people do that with a wax like they do on the furniture pieces or maybe a regular sealer that goes over paint. It's worth a try, I also like the shelves half way up the window.

    Thank you for the ideas!

    Mary Ann