Paint the Backsplash

Paint the Backsplash

Sarah Coffey
Oct 28, 2009

We love the bright orange backsplash in Lisa and Jeremie's Parisian Open Space, one of our Small Cool 2009 contestants. In their gray and white kitchen, it adds some colorful balance. If you've got a basic drywall backsplash at home, it doesn't take much work to get the same effect...

How to Paint the Backsplash:

  1. Choose your color and finish. Since backsplashes can get messy, we recommend using a finish that's easy to clean, like a semigloss, or covering a matte finish with a clear layer of protective varnish or glass.

  2. Clear your counters and take down any hardware (like utensil racks or hooks) from your kitchen wall.

  3. Use painter's tape to protect the edges of your counters and cabinets, sectioning off the area you'll paint.

  4. Use a brush to cut in corners. Make sure to cover the small cracks that show between the stove and the counter.

  5. For a smooth finish, use a small roller to cover larger areas. This is especially important if you're using a semigloss paint, since glossy finishes show brushstrokes more than matte.

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    Photo: Lisa and Jeremie's Parisian Open Space

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