Faux Tin Kitchen Backsplash Tutorial
I’m excited to share a fun backsplash project I’ve been working on in my kitchen. I have wanted to make some changes to my kitchen for over a year, but life got crazy and it can be impossible to get projects done with a three year old around, especially one who loves to “help” mommy with just about everything. Now, I am finally able to get started on my kitchen makeover and I’m blogging about it as I go along.
I painted the kitchen bright lime green eight years ago when we first moved in. I painted over the ugly 80’s floral wallpaper and gave the faux wood cabinets with a fresh coat of white paint.
I always enjoyed the lime walls but my husband hated them. I was ready for a change and I decided make Rob happier by changing the color.
I didn’t know exactly how I wanted to decorate the kitchen so I thought a fresh coat of white paint would be a good place to start. The lime green was gone and now I had a nice plain canvas to work with.
I had been humming and hawing over what to do with the backsplash area above the counters and ended up stumbling upon some images of tin used in farmhouse style kitchens on Pinterest. I fell in love with the look and after some investigating I saw these amazing Fasade backsplash faux tin galvanized steel panels from DIY Decor Store.
They are also available at the Home Depot. You can buy them here
The panels are actually made of thermoplastic but they look like galvanized steel tin. They can be cut with snips or sharp scissors and adhered to the wall with adhesive or double sided tape.
I contacted DIY Decor Store to see if they were interested in working with me and they graciously sent over some tiles for my project.
I was able to install the backsplash in a day, completely by myself. I prepped the walls the day before by wiping them down and then did a quick coat of dark grey paint over the area that the tiles would be covering. This way if there were any tiny gaps between the panels you won’t notice it because it blends in. After letting the paint dry for 24 hours, I was ready to begin installing the backsplash.
I wiped the back of the panels with rubbing alcohol to remove any dust and clean off oil from my hands and then applied the adhesive with a caulking gun.
I pressed the panels into place and that’s pretty much it. Cutting holes for the outlets was easy with a box cutter. Because the panels are plastic, it makes cutting them to size super easy.
You would never know that this isn’t real metal. It looks great in real life.
I am thrilled with how this project turned out. It makes such a difference in my kitchen.
Next, I’m working on painting the cabinets and possibly resurfacing the laminate counter tops.
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