Painted Backsplash Tile Design DIY


Since I moved to my new home, I have been working on little projects to spice things up my decor. I have this weird obsession with being a handy person while adding my art into my work.  So when I first saw my plain white kitchen wall, I immediately googled cheap back splashes and I became very interested in www.allthingsthrifty.com, which gave me many ideas as to what to do with my boring walls.  


Before I started my project, I decided to go to Home Depot to study the different colors and sizes of their tiles.  Then I did a couple of sketches and came up with the style shown below.   
 You will need 1/4 painters tape, ruler, pencils, blade, your chosen paint, and polyurethane.
I suggest that you lay out your design on paper first, tape it in your work area and leave it there for a couple of days.  If you still like the design, then you can proceed with your work.

  Next, you need to mark with your ruler the horizontal lines, depending on the width of your design.  Remember to add 1/4" that the painters tape will be in place of.  Then, place your tape on that line.
Later, you can mark your vertical lines, and place the tape on them, just like you see on the left of the picture above. Then, cut the vertical tape with a blade in order to make a horizontal space, just like you see on the right side of the picture above.
This technique creates the tile effect that is seen on regular back splashes.  It is the most time consuming part of this project, but it is really worth it.

The next step is to paint, which seems to be the fun part!
When the paint is mostly dried, you may remove the tape and you will be surprised as this back splashed tile magically appears.  
Now, a trick I learned was to make sure the paint is not completly dried at the time you remove the tape because you may have a little bit of clean up to do so you need this paint to still be removable.  I used toothpicks to do this.  

 

After you finish cleaning up, you can choose to leave the paint drying for one day before you lock it in with polyurethane.
Now you can seat back and enjoy the view!
Good luck!