Condo Blues: Chalkboard Paint Kitchen Backsplash

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Chalkboard Paint Kitchen Backsplash

Husband and I couldn’t agree on what type of tile we wanted to use on our kitchen backsplash. I wanted something sleek like recycled glass or stainless steel tile. He wanted a Byzantine pattern in travertine tile.

In the meantime, when I wiped the walls with nothing more than water, paint came off on my damp sponge because the builder used cheap watered down paint to paint our house. The wall needed something to protect it as we fought over what tile to use.

As a temporary fix, I broke out the chalkboard paint.

Chalkboard kitchen backsplash!

rst, I primed the walls with a grey stain blocking primer to protect my walls. I used colored primer because I was going to use black chalkboard paint and did not want to do more than a couple coats of paint.

Grey stain blocking primer coat

The advantages of being short – laying on the countertops to paint!

Husband called me Michelangelo and snapped this picture.

Two coats of chalkboard paint later I have a new kitchen backsplash!

Husband and I are having so much fun drawing on the walls! We like it so much that we are keeping the chalkboard backsplash permanently!


Do you know who else likes my cheap and stylish backsplash? This Old House Magazine!

This is my issue of This Old House Magazine!

They featured me and my chalkboard paint backsplash in their July/Augst 2010 Cheapskate Hall of Fame. Beecause instead of spending over a $1000 on tile I spent $30 on paint for a killer backsplash. I have a ton of left over chalkboard paint for more projects. What shall I do next?

Upadate May 2, 2014: I get a ton of emails asking me how well my chalkboard backsplash holds up. It still looks good after four years and is holding up well. It get dirty from cooking and water splashes like every other backsplash I've had and just as easy to clean with a little soap and water. We love that we can Happy Birthday, Holdiay messages or just silly things like Dinner Machine over the stove. We're nuts.
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