Are you ready for the easiest and arguably the CHEAPEST backsplash DIY ever? If you follow me on Instagram you know I recently PAINTED my backsplash white. Yes, you read that right… I painted every square inch of it! I have dark stained cabinets and previously, the backsplash was a tan/brownish stone. With tan tile, tan walls, tan backsplash and brown cabinets, all the brown had to go! Our kitchen is big and open, yet it felt so small and closed in. We needed to brighten it up!
Our house was built in 2015, where the previous owners picked out all the details. Fast forward 3 years later and we moved in and became the second owners. My first thought was “these cabinets have got to go!”. I honestly wasn’t even thinking about the backsplash. The original plan was to paint the cabinets white.
M O V E I N D A Y
As I started unpacking and decorating the kitchen I grew to fall in love with the cabinet color. What was once a decision to paint the cabinets white turned into “what can I do in order to keep the cabinets stained but brighten this area up?”. Thats when I decided we needed to replace the backsplash. Before we even started moving things in, we had painters come in and paint the walls a light gray. Since that was a little pricey, I decided to hold off on the backsplash project and just add that to a list of things I wanted to eventually change.
While working on our half bath remodel I had this crazy idea to just paint the backsplash. I already had the paint and rollers out, so why not? I literally just walked over into the kitchen with a paint roller in my hand and rolled it on. If you know me, you know that when I think of something I am too impenitent to let the idea marinate for a bit. If it doesn’t work out, well, I didn’t like it anyways so it doesn’t hurt! I don’t recommend this way of thinking haha! It drives my husband crazy but I cant help it! I get a wild hair up my butt and just go for it.
So, thats how I ended up with the idea of painting a stone backsplash. Totally random, took me about an hour (if that) and made a huge transformation. So lets not waste anymore time, lets get into the details and do the darn thing.
B E F O R E & A F T E R
S U P P L I E S
- Krud Kutter (optional) – You’ll want to make sure your backsplash is clean before painting. This stuff is amazing but if you have any kind of grease cutter on hand, use that! Dawn soap and water would work just fine as well.
- Mini foam roller
- Thin angle paint brush – This is the brush I had on hand, any angle brush will work. This will help you to get the tight places the roller wont reach.
- Painters tape
- Interior eggshell paint – This is the exact paint I used because I had it on hand while painting the shiplap in the half bathroom. I could have finished the whole project with a 1/2 gallon of paint. The amount of paint you will need varies depending on the amount of backsplash you are painting. I also used eggshell because I was painting stone. If you are painting tile and want more of a shine, I would get a satin finish.
S T E P BY S T E P
S T E P 1:
The first and most important part is to make sure your backsplash is clean, especially around the oven where grease tends to pop up onto the wall. I used krud kutter because that stuff is AMAZING, but any kind of grease cutter will work.
S T E P 2
Tape off any areas you don’t want to paint. At first, I tried to skip this step and free hand it. I quickly realized that was a bad idea. When you start painting the top of our backsplash, you’ll get real close to the bottom of your cabinets. You want to make sure you don’t get any paint on the bottom. I personally didn’t cover any other part of my counter tops, but if you think you may get messy, go ahead and cover those bad boys.
Since I randomly just walked over and started painting, I didn’t have a photo prior to any painting.
S T E P 3 :
If you got a paint with a primer, then start painting away. If you didn’t get a paint with a primer you’ll want to prime first.
I started by doing a thin later of paint all the way around with my foam roller. After I did the first layer, I went around the edges with my angled brush and got the places my roller wouldn’t reach.
After the first layer dried, I went back over the tighter areas (using an angle brush) first, then went back to my foam roller and got the larger spaces.
N O T E:
In this photo you will see I have a large 12 inch polyester paint roller and a mini foam roller. I started this project using the polyester roller and I did not like the results. If you look at the top and bottom of this backsplash compared to the middle, you’ll notice that the middle has a heavier coat of paint on it. I didn’t want to paint heavy and get paint all in the natural divots of the stone. This was a personal preference. I wanted a little bit of the stone imperfections to show through. If you want to paint your stone a solid color, I’d suggest using your angle brush to get into all the divots your roller wont reach. After doing so, go back over the whole thing with a roller to smooth everything out. If you are painting tile, you wont have to worry about that. Your paint finish will be smooth with just a roller. Regardless, of the look you are going for, I don’t recommend the polyester roller, you can accomplish both looks with the foam roller and have a cleaner and smoother finish.
S T E P 4:
Stand back and enjoy the transformation, thats it! I decided not to seal mine. I have used this type of paint on several things and it has held up well and cleaned up well.
I hope you found this DIY post very helpful. If you decide to paint your backsplash and transform your kitchen, I’d LOVE to see the results. Tag me on IG @rusticrosehomestead or send me a photo to email@example.com. As always, if you have any additional questions I didn’t answer in this post, comment below, I’d love to answer anything I missed or anything you are still curious about!
Thanks for readying, enjoy friends!