Sunday, August 1, 2010


When we did our kitchen remodel recently, the conversation of a backsplash came up.

Hubby wanted to do tile and maybe even add some glass tile.

Well, I really like the thought of a tile backsplash.  Visions of some of the beautiful ones that I've seen around Bloggyland swirled in my head.

We went to Home Depot and Lowes several times and looked at the options that they had.  Again, I looked to Bloggyland for inspiration.

While I loved what I saw, the choices were a little overwhelming I must admit.

I also thought of the cost, and the fact that my tastes change so frequently.  Imagine spending a boatload of $$$ on beautiful tile and hating it a few months down the road.  Yikes!!!

So, I got creative and remembered seeing projects that were done using stencils and joint compound.  Ideas again started swirling around in my head.

I headed to Hobby Lobby to check out the stencils.  I found a large one with fleur-de-lis that I loved!  I thought this big stencil would look awesome over my sink!

I also found a smaller stencil for the actual backsplash area.

I stopped at Home Depot on the way home to pick up some joint compound and a spackle knife, so excited to get this project started!!!  I'm so sorry that I didn't take more pics of the process for you guys!

I started off by positioning the large stencil over the sink, and then slathered the joint compound on using the spackle knife.  Then removed the stencil.  I loved the rough look of the joint compound!

I continued with the smaller stencil until I got the effect I wanted.

Let it dry overnight (if it's humid, it will take longer for the joint compound to dry).

Once it was dry, I painted over it with the same paint used for the walls (Behr Brown Tee Pee).

Once that was dry, I dry brushed over it with white paint.  I was LOVING the way it looked, but it was nearly impossible to keep the paint on just the raised areas (and I had already thrown the stencils out because they got gross). 

So, I let the white dry and then took a small paint brush and tried to "clean" it up with the wall paint.

This was a disaster!!!!  It took forever, and was tedious!

Soooo... in the end I re-painted with the wall color.  And... I LOVE the subtle look of it!!! 

This pic didn't come out very well, I'll have to work on getting a better one for you guys!!!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful job, you clever girl! I'm sooo into fleur de lis right now! Love it!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents


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