Next Level Backsplash Makeover

by Hinda
4 Materials
2 Hours

When I moved to my new house a month and a half ago, I found lots of fun project opportunities to share with you guys. One of them is my ugly kitchen backsplash makeover. I’m not ready for a full kitchen remodel and I don’t plan to do one, because I mostly like it as is, it just needs some small modifications. Today I’ll show you how I upgraded my backsplash with almost no money.


the steel tile panel was giving me a headache every time I looked at it. The cabinets were bamboo and the appliances were steel and black. I felt like the steel tile backsplash was not matching the general look and was giving the illusion of a smaller kitchen. So here was my fix!

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Prepare the surface

The backsplash needs to be well cleaned and air dry before any work can begin. Yes, I worked on the actual steel backsplash. No removing no replacing, just updating it. Remove the outlets for easier work.


I painted with a good ultra white semi gloss paint. Two coats were enough to have a nice and clean white look.

Add Metallic gold accent areas

It is quite boring to have a plain white backsplash. I decided to buy this small metallic paint. It’s called Glorious Gold. Not very bright but not vintage, so it’s just in between. And of course a sponge brush for an even application.

"Tap" on the gold

With the sponge brush, I tapped the gold paint gently and very lightly over the 3D texture of the backsplash. I had to brush in kind of limp and fluid motion, just following my hand's movements. Like dancing ballet, sort of ;)

Seal it

Using a sealer over the finished work is very important to protect the backsplash from the frequent wiping and cleaning. After all, it’s a kitchen and kitchens get dirty and need to be cleaned very often. I used a spray sealer that I found on sale way before I moved to this house. Some times, buying things on sale that you don’t need right away can be very useful later.

Zoom in

That’s how it looks now.


This is how it looks after this fun project. The kitchen looks bigger and more interesting. My husband who is never impressed finally was this time. I’m planing to change the cabinet hardware and I’ll share the result. If you decide to try this project, believe me you’ll have lots of fun.

See you soon on the next Hometalk project.

Kitchen look after replacing hardware from silver to Gold.
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  • Josefina F Andujar Josefina F Andujar on Oct 10, 2020

    Once you it doesn't peels off?? Because I've hear that those things tent to peel off short time after been applied

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jul 03, 2021

    Your updated back splash looks great. I also have the same thing in my kitchen, but not metal, it's the product from Lowes meant for walls or wherever. I have dark cabinets that I was going to paint but changed my mind. I have now decided to put in new countertops, update the hardware and was thinking of painting the back splash. My question, do you think I can paint my product and get similar results. Any help would be great. Thanks

  • Joyce. JOhnson Joyce. JOhnson on Sep 30, 2021

    Where can I find backsplash tiles like you have? I love the look.

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  • Estelle Estelle on Oct 10, 2021

    I never would have chose gold accent with steel but, wow, it works beautiful.

  • Georgia Karamargin Georgia Karamargin on Jul 04, 2022

    You did a great job! WoW!! I am in the processs of remodeling my Mom’s condo & I had new KraftMaid cabinets installed & it took me over 2 years to finally get the countertops installed this summer. I’ll be posting when it’s more complete. You did great!

    • Hinda Hinda on Jul 05, 2022

      I can’t wait to see your new kitchen. So exiting!