Painting a Kitchen Backsplash

A blue blacksplash.
  • 3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-300
What You'll Need
Acrylic paint (depending upon the material)
Several assorted paintbrushes
One large sponge brush
A disposable cup to wash dirty brushes
A palette or surface to mix and test paint color
Stencils (optional)
Protective clothing

Painting your kitchen backsplash is a great way to add a personalized touch to your home. Whether you are an experienced painter or a curious beginner, painting your kitchen backsplash is a great decorative option.

Step 1 - Pick a Design

Begin by deciding upon a design. If you are an experienced painter you probably already know what you wish to paint. However, for an inexperienced painter, the thought of choosing a design is intimidating. Stencils are a great tool that novice painters can use to create uniform and realistic shapes.

Step 2 - Gather Supplies

Once you have imagined your design within your mind you must gather supplies before you can begin your project.

Step 3 - Prepare the Surface

Now that all of the supplies have been secured you are ready to prime the backsplash. Depending upon the type of surface that is being painted you will need to prepare the surface. Consult a professional to determine how to prepare the surface for a permanent painting before diving in.

    After the surface has been primed you can load your pallet with the various colors of paint you will be using. If you’re using stencils make sure that they are handy and within reach at all times.

    Step 4 - Paint

    Begin painting slowly, making sure not to apply the paint too thickly. It is helpful to mix the paint with a small amount of water to make it thinner and easier to work with. Thinner paint is easier to cover if a mistake is made and many layers of thin paint give a piece the feeling of depth and texture.

    Allow yourself several hours to paint the backsplash. You will need to build up several layers of paint before the true design shows through. At first, concentrate on building up the background of the painting. A beautiful background will make your design pop and stand out to viewers.

    After you have created a beautiful background, start working on the focal point of your painting. If you are employing stencils, now is the time to use them. Firmly place the stencil against the backsplash and use a sponge brush to carefully color in the stencil. Use the tip of the brush in a gentle up and down motion to prevent spilling or running the paint.

    Once you have completed the background and focus of your piece, use a thin brush to touch up any areas that you are not pleased with. Use gentle quick strokes to add motion to the piece or highlights on an object. Let your imagination run wild and you will love your new kitchen backsplash.