Painting Kitchen Backsplashes

Get tips on painting kitchen backsplashes.

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Paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to update your home. In the kitchen, a few cans of paint will work wonders on the walls, cabinets, kitchen island, table, chairs and even your backsplash.

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You can paint your kitchen backsplash a solid color, use a stencil, or even create the look of faux tiles using painter's tape.

If you'd like to paint your kitchen backsplash, you'll need to figure out the colors you'd like to use. It's important to consider the other colors you have in the room before settling on the perfect shade.

If your kitchen has dark cabinets, choose a lighter shade for the backsplash to keep the room from feeling too heavy. If you have white or light-colored cabinets, a bright or darker paint color could work well. Since it's pretty easy to paint your backsplash, you can feel free to have some fun here. If you end up not liking the color you choose, you can just paint over it!

A simple, solid color can work on a kitchen backsplash, but chances are it'll feel too boring over time. If you want to add some drama to your walls without relying on tiles, try stenciling a design, favorite quote, food-related words, or a beloved family recipe on your backsplash.

An easy and affordable way to update a room, stencils can also create a striking backsplash. They're also much less permanent than tiles, and you can easily paint over them when you're ready for something new.

If you love the look of tiles but prefer to use paint on your backsplash, you can create faux tiles with paint. This can be a long, tedious process, but the results are worth it. Using the tape to create different sized "tiles," you can mimic a number of different materials, from glass to stone. If you'd like to incorporate a bunch of colors into your backsplash, this technique is the way to go.

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You can also use chalkboard paint to create a unique backsplash in your kitchen. The classic black chalkboard color works well with white or light-colored cabinets, while a lighter shade is recommended for dark cabinets. A chalkboard backsplash will provide a canvas where you can write down grocery lists, recipes or special notes for your family. Easy to wipe clean, chalkboard paint works well in a space where there tends to be grease and spattered food.

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