Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mini Makeover - Kitchen Backsplash

We have inherited a lot of old-school design ideas here at this house, one of the not so desirable ones is the faux marble plastic backsplash in our kitchen.  It's quite tacky to be honest.  Before moving in I started brainstorming different ideas on what to do with it in the meantime.  Eventually we plan on replacing most of the kitchen so I didn't want to put a lot of money or effort into a temporary fix.  Some different ideas I had was tin, bead board and even vinyl tile flooring.  But, before I went out and bought anything I went ahead and tried painting it, just to see if it would work and how it would look.  To my surprise, paint was just the ticket.  I already had it, so it was a free upgrade and that is always awesome and let's face it I'm cheap.  It really helps the space look clean and fresh and will be a perfect temporary fix until we save enough cash for a classic and fabulous tile backsplash, hopefully similar to something like this subway tile (love it).  Take a look at the before and afters..not too bad.

The paint on the top is from me

It really was super simple, I applied two coats of a good oil based primer and then two coats of paint.  I used a water based no voc paint and it worked out perfectly, the key was a good base of primer.  I didn't even take the time to sand or do any type of prep to the plastic backsplash.  If you have an ugly plastic weird backsplash in your house then painting it is definitely worth a try, in my opinion I thought it wouldn't be any worse than it already was.  It probably isn't the best permanent fix but something to hold you over until you can replace it with something you love.  Happy backsplash painting!

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