We’ve lived in our house for one year and five months. That’s 17 months without a backsplash in the kitchen. I knew from the beginning what I wanted to do, it was just a matter of you know, doing it. Thanks, Baby Ford, for giving me a ridiculous sense of motivation for all things nesting/house-related so I finally started (and finished) this project! I love the look of anything reclaimed, especially whitewashed, distressed reclaimed things. I love our white kitchen, and I knew I wanted to do some kind of reclaimed backsplash in there to carry that theme into the kitchen.
I decided on using ceiling tiles. I found these faux tin tiles on Lowes.com (very similar… I don’t see the exact one right now) and thought they were perfect as the background of my backsplash. I loved this rubbed bronze color, knowing I would paint, then distress the tiles so that this color showed through a bit.
So, then the process began. I lay out yards of plastic drop cloth outside and started spray painting. And spray painting. And spray painting. I think it took four bottles- I just remember I kept having to go back to Lowe’s over and over again for more spray paint. Also, it kept raining, which delayed this process, and also, bugs are stupid- I can’t tell you how many gnats I had to flick out my wet paint.
Finally, the coverage was good enough and once they dried (for at least 24 hours) I went at them with a medium-grit sanding block on the raised details. This gave me an awesome weathered look that I loved.
Installation was really easy, mainly because I didn’t do it! Trevor took over that part, but I watched, and it was really easy. The worst part of it was measuring where the outlets were and cutting those out. It took about two-and-a-half hours to install the whole thing. We used Liquid Nails Foam Panel Adhesive to stick the panels to the wall, and that worked amazingly well.
Here’s a before/progress shot or two:
Now, here’s the finished product.
I love it so much, and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to do this project! It made such a huge difference in this space. It was also VERY budget friendly at under $200 for the entire project. Oh, we also re-did our little kitchen eating nook. We intend to build a built-in banquette seating area eventually, and with that in mind, we only bought two chairs for our table, thinking we’d have bench seating built-in soon. Well, projects take time, and we’re having another baby, so yeah. So, we bought a new, bigger table (Wal-Mart for only $164! It’s surprisingly sturdy and really pretty) and a super cute bench (World Market). I’m all about a new look on a budget!
The boys love their new nook area- I say “their” because they’ve laid claim to it! They’re always doing play-doh, eating a snack or something over here. I feel like with these new additions, our kitchen is finally feeling finished. We’re so happy with how everything turned out!