Kitchen Project on a Budget – The BackSplash

Hello Everyone, it is time for me to speak about our backsplash.

One day, as we were working on the kitchen makeover, I told John I would love to change our backsplash (it was 90’s tile with a floral border tile down the middle, picture is old but you can see it).

Backsplash - Before

He suggested; why don’t you plaster and faux it. I said, maybe that would be a good idea and the next thing I knew he primed the tile.  Now I had to do something, so I decided to add a coat of plaster and after a few days that was dry. Then I had to give it a light sanding to knock off any points on the plaster, primed and painted it an antique ivory color that we used with other projects.

Backsplash - After

Then came the fun part, fauxing! I fauxed it with paint we used in other rooms; Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige mixed with Raw Umber and glaze.  The next step was to let that dry for a few days before I was able to do anything else. 

Backsplash - After - Faux Detail

During that time, I thought something was “missing” and decided to add a stencil treatment behind our cooktop using plaster and that took a few more days to dry! Again, sanding was needed to knock points off the plaster and age it a bit. The stenciled treatment needed to be primed as well, so I had to use the stencil so as to not get primer on the rest of the backsplash that was already finished.  I didn’t want to damage the finished product. 

Backsplash - After - Stencil Treatment

To add a little color and contrast, I painted the plaster relief area yellow umber free-hand, since the stencil was raised, with a fine craft brush, which took about four hours to paint carefully. 

Backsplash - Cooktop Area

The final application was polycrylic, since this was a backsplash and cooking oil and water would be touching it I needed to put five coats of that to really give it heavy protection. You can see we bought a new cooktop and microwave; after more than 12 years the original started to get worn from a lot of use (I’m an old-fashioned Italian cook – more on that in the future).  I love how our backsplash turned out and it is different from an ordinary tile look.

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

19 thoughts on “Kitchen Project on a Budget – The BackSplash

  1. What patience you must have. It looks great in the photo but must be amazing to actually see it in your kitchen.

  2. Wow! I’m impressed! That is a great idea to just ‘plaster’ over the tile. I’m now following you on LF…hope you’ll follow me too! Little Bit from

  3. Well you have proved you aren’t afraid of hard work. This is just wonderful. Great job on the whole thing. Happy Weekend!

  4. What a neat idea! Love the stencil detail! It is so pretty! Now this was creative thinking!! Love it!

  5. Wow what a job!! Looks fabulous now. You must be so pleased with it.

    Thanks for visiting me today & becoming a follower. I’m following back 🙂

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