Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Kitchen Backsplash Transformation
Look what a bit of paint and drywall compound can do! I transformed my backsplash from stark white and burgundy tiles to a warmer tumbled stone look and I am quite happy with the results. The original tiles measured 8" x 8" and were very ugly. They looked like leftover tiles from a bathroom!
This is how I created the look and, just a warning, when I undertook this project I had not idea that I would be sharing the process on a blog, so I didn't take many pictures of the process nor did I take any "befores".
Here's my "How-To":
1. I washed the original tiles with T.S.P. all purpose cleaner to remove any dirt or grease and then I applied a good primer to the surface.
2. I masked off each tile into four smaller tiles using 1/4" tape to create the grout lines. I also created a border tile using the tape. After the taping was complete, I started applying a thin layer of drywall compound using a spatula or putty knife. I applied three coats, letting each coat dry completely before adding the next one. After the final coat was dry, remove the tape and lightly sand the surface to remove any rough or raised edges.
3. I wanted my border tile to have a design, so I drew a pattern and created a stencil.
**I'll share my stencil-making talent with you, but don't laugh. I draw out my pattern/design onto regular white paper or kraft paper (whatever is handy) and then I cover the front and back of the paper with clear packing tape. This kinda "laminates" the stencil and protects it from ripping, etc. Once its all taped, I use an exacto knife to cut out the design. Voila!! A stencil!!**
4. Now, apply your stencil to the tiles using a putty knife and drywall compound. This can get quite messy! Once, completely dry, again, lightly sand removing any sharp edges.
5. Paint the entire surface with your basecoat color - mine was leftover wall paint in a light beige color. Let dry.
6. The I started adding a darker wash to the surface using more leftover latex paint thinned with water. Just dip an old damp rag (t-shirts work well) into the paint mixture and start washing it onto the surface in a circular motion. Keep working the paint into the grooves until you are happy with the color.
7. I then added bits of highlights using a cream colored paint using a dampened seafoam sponge. Again, just "play" with it until you are happy with the look.
8. Finish by applying a coat of varathane in a gloss finish. This gives the backspash durability.
This took me three days from start to finish. I am very happy with the results and have actually fooled a few people who thought is was actual tile! I did a fireplace makeover using a similar technique, which I will share with you in a later post.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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