Painted Backsplash: a HUGE impact for little money

by | Apr 9, 2020

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Moxie.

A reader last week said she wished she had my MOXIE…..after seeing my multiple kitchen transformations with paint.  I’ve always loved that word but I don’t think I’d ever looked up the actual definition…..so I did!

~ force of character, determination or nerve – webster

Hey….I’ll take it!

In all honesty…..it did take nerve to paint my stone backsplash….in any paint color…much less black and white harlequin pattern.  But I did it…..and I’m so glad I did! You can see the whole kitchen makeover HERE.

But that star that sits boldly behind/above my stove top…..dead center…..that took determination!!!

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Why?

Because I didn’t have the proper tools or supplies to make it happen (thank you social isolation COVID-19) and I couldn’t just hop in my car and go to my home away from home Hobby Lobby them!

But I was determined (and a little bit impatient…to impatient to even wait for Amazon) to make it happen instantly! 

This is the look we’ve had for years and years….and I was ready for a change!

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I remembered an old school way of transferring images using paper and a pencil.  I didn’t even take the time to YOU TUBE it…..I just winged it…..on LIVE video of all things….because I do that kind of crazy often.  You can see that video here….or just keep reading to see the pictures of the process.  

If you need a recap of the entire backsplash painting project with the Dixie Belle Paint products that I used….you can find that here.  

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Here is the “empty” center tile that was begging for “something”.

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Matt and I had ordered linoleum tiles to use in our guest bath.  I loved the tiles….he didn’t feel the same.  So no tiles on the bathroom floor…..but……he did like my idea of the star design in that center tile behind the stove!

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I taped together two pieces of copy paper (only white paper I had in the house….remember….I’m being forced to be resourceful)….so they’d be large enough for the entire design. 

I laid the taped pieces over the design and traced it out with a pencil.  I made sure to make the pencil mark very bold…laying down as much pencil lead as I could.

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I then flipped the paper over….so the pencil marks are actually in contact with the tile…..and taped it into place. 

I then scribbled all over the back side of the paper with a pencil as well……allowing the pressure from my pencil to press the lead on the paper on the opposite side to be transferred to the tile!

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And sure enough….you can clearly see the lines of the star shape!

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I then used my favorite paint pen to outline the entire star.  This just gives a crisp black edge that can be filled in with paint.

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Using a 1/4″ angled detail artist brush…I filled in the star with two coats of Dixie Belle Caviar…the same black that I painted onto every other tile of the backsplash.

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I found it easier to get clean lines by being really close to the tile…..
…..as in precariously close…..LOL! 

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And LOOK!!! 

Isn’t it beautiful???  

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I let it dry overnight and topped it the next day with two coats of Gator Hide by Dixie Belle.  

It dried with the most beautiful sheen that is easy to wipe clean….because…. let’s be honest….cooking is a messy thing…..and Gator Hide is ultra-durable and water-resistant!

So there you have it…..MY MOXIE KITCHEN!

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Shop: Hand Painted Backsplash

The products listed here are what I used for this hand-painted backsplash project!  Dixie Belle Paint company offers amazing products that will make all of your projects successful no matter what your skill level! Just click on any of the products shown below!  You can also find my favorite products and tools in my Amazon influencer list here.

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See you next week!

XOXO, 

Tracey

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3 Comments

  1. Ellen Murphy

    What is the best product to use to give antiqued look on Dixie Belle paints? I painted a charming table in multiple colors but want to dial it back for a softer look. Some of the paints I used were not chalk paint, just regular acrylic so hope any finish I put on won’t screw up the end result. Any advice would be much appreciated as this is my first venture into painting furniture.

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  2. Rosemary

    Hey! I absolutely love your kitchen!!! I saw the transformation and it’s beautiful. I know you re-did the top cabinets from the duck egg blue but what is the name of the color on the top kitchen cabinets? Is it fluff or sawmill gravy? Thank you so much for all the Inspo!

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