I had so many ideas for my kitchen backsplash makeover, but I had to see my finished decoupaged kitchen counters with my own two eyes before making a final decision.
Once my counters were done last weekend I knew immediately which way I wanted to go.
Just like there was no budget for new counter tops there was also no budget for a new tile backsplash. Plus, going through the mess of removing the old backsplash to put in a new one just didn’t appeal to me at all.
So, a cheap and easy makeover was definitely in order.
All I needed for this makeover was my craft cutting mat, an exacto knife, some painter’s tape, and a roll of red PVC electrical tape.
Yes, you read that right… electrical tape.
It’s the coolest stuff!
It comes in a bunch of different colours. At my local Home Building Centre it was available in red, green, yellow, blue, black, and white… and for just $1.99 for a 60 foot roll.
So here’s a view of the before of my kitchen counter and the ceramic tile backsplash that John and I installed about 10 years or so ago.
The backsplash looked great with my green kitchen, but with my new aqua and red colour scheme it definitely had to go.
Kitchen Backsplash Makeover
I rarely use painter’s tape, but in this case I did. I really wanted to protect the decoupaged top of my kitchen counters where it meets the backsplash.
Not sure what happened to the blue painter’s tape, but I ended up using some green instead.
To paint the tile I used a the same high hide white water based paint and primer combo that I used on my kitchen walls. This is after one coat, and I did three.
I know there are probably better products out there for painting tile, but most of them are very noxious and I refuse to use anything indoors that requires a mask. Not good for us or our fur babies.
Here you can see what the same area looked like after the counter was done and the backsplash got its three coats of paint.
It looked so much better already, but for me it still needed a little zing to make it sing.
Enter the red electrical tape.
Red duct tape would probably work for this too, but I really loved the tone and the finish of the PVC electrical tape. It almost has the look of opaque glass, and it was cheaper than the duct tape. Also the electrical tape is paper thin, which just works much better for this project.
I used my craft cutting mat, which is divided in inches, and I put down lengths of tape. This PVC tape stretches so I let it relax before pressing it down on the cutting mat.
Electrical Tape Kitchen Backsplash Makeover
Then I used my exacto knife to cut at the inch marks.
Because the electrical tape is only about 3/4″ wide and my ceramic tiles are about 1″ I stuck two pieces of the tape together to make one tile.
After I had my tiles together I trimmed as needed.
Then I simply applied them on the backsplash in a pattern that I liked.
I let the paint cure for an entire day before applying my tape faux tiles. I was able to reposition the tape tiles if I needed to within a few minutes of putting them down.
After about 30 minutes I did a test on one tile just to see what would happen and it did pull a bit of the paint off. That’s totally not a surprise, but I’ll be protecting this with a top coat when I’m done.
I was sure of my pattern so this wasn’t a problem for me.
Here’s the before.
And the after.
And the after.
In the pics you can see a bit of a reflection of the red tiles in the counter, but that’s not visible to the naked eye.
I chose not to do the whole backsplash because I didn’t want it to overwhelm my recipe’d counters. And I put the red tiles high up on the two sides because I wanted them to be visible above the things that will be on the counters… like my vintage bread box.
The teacups on those shelves won’t be staying there. They’re just out of the way while I’m working on my china cabinet makeover. I’ll be displaying other things on those shelves, which I’ll be sharing in the future.
Once my faux tiles were in place I only had time to apply 1 coat of the same Stays Clear poly that I used on my counters. This is a must to protect the backsplash, but also to make it wipeable. I’ll be applying two more coats this coming weekend.
So after spending an afternoon cutting over 600 electrical tape squares to make about 320 faux tiles I’m very happy with how it turned out.
The $2 price was perfect for this low budget, practically no budget, makeover. Actually it was less than $2 because I didn’t use the whole roll.
I like my decor details to make me smile, and this cheap and easy kitchen backsplash makeover adds some fun and is very cheerful. I’m hoping this lasts for years and years.
If I waited until I had the money to make my home what I wanted it to be I would probably wait forever. Sometimes we just need to look at things differently to come up with a solution, even if it’s a temporary one. If it makes us happy that’s all that counts. 🙂
Now I really need to get to the plain vinyl blinds. I know exactly what I want to do, just need to figure out the best way to do it. Stay tuned. 🙂
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Thanks so much for reading and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!