Monday, February 11, 2013

Non-Traditonal Backsplashes

I am a chronic project flip flopper. I will start a project, make progress and then, before I finish, I move on to something else.  Perhaps a bit of ADD involved, but I'm mostly going to go with the fact that I really do need to let a project or room evolve. You know all those great boards that decorators put together to plan out a room design? Well, I. Totally. Cannot. Do. That. I've tried, but I end up hating the results in the end.  The collected look is more than just a style that I like, it actually how my brain works to put a project together.
 
 
So recently, I decided to add a bit of a defined backsplash to our kitchen.  I've been making changes to the room slowly, over the last year, but now I'm to the real nitty gritty part of the makeover; backsplash and cabinet painting.


 
 Other than that little bit of countertop that goes up in the back, we have never had a true or proper backsplash.  Not that we will technically have one now. Budget and skill really prevent me from getting a traditional tiled backsplash so I decided to research alternative options.
  

  
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And I began to realize that it isn't so much the material used (although let's be honest--if I was offered some subway tile I wouldn't hesitate), but it has more to do with actually creating an accent in a really specific area.


 
 Here is the kitchen now with a defined chalkboard backsplash. I really love the graphic black and I think it will look especially great once the cabinets are painted. FYI - I also repainted the upper portion of the walls in Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl. I'll be sure to share more pictures soon.







 
 

 
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21 comments:

  1. i love the planked look! if i can figure it out i think that is what i want to do in our kitchen... in 5 years. ;)

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  2. I don't have a back splash either. I kept looking at glass tile, but didn't want to make a long term commitment with it, so maybe paint is the way for me to go. Looking forward to see what your new upper wall color looks like.

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  3. Definitely stick with the collected look - it's totally working for you!

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  4. I agree with Sharon, it is working for you, love it!

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  5. I love to see new ideas for chalkboard paint! This looks awesome! Great job!

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  6. I am actually working and deciding on kitchen right now....I have already bought marble subway tile, however, now countertops might be replaced too! From one project to another one!

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  7. Thank you for the inspiration, I have always hated tiles (!!!) but I love the pebbles backslash... and last year I had a DIY hot pink acrylic backsplash myself. You can check it out here: http://meehameeha.blogspot.ro/2012/04/i-once-hhad-pink-kitchen.html

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  8. Over the last 50 or so years, I've had to be pretty creative with back splashes, due to economics or architecture. Bead board wallpaper painted white is the back splash at our lake place. I've used lots of different things over the years, though.
    The kitchen at our home has tile and I love it. It lends itself to the overall look I wanted.

    I enjoyed your tutorial.

    Thanks so much for your comment on our outdoor fireplace. When we finally got around to building our dream home, ten years ago...the year I turned 60, we decided, as an afterthought to add the back porch. With that decision, we naturally thought an outdoor fireplace would be nice. Our grandchildren love it for making s'mores or whatever. We enjoy having most of our fair weather meals on the porch and on chilly days we love a nice fire.

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  9. Fantastic ideas! Love what you've done with your kitchen so far. I've seen back splashes done with pennies! See the look here http://the-mama-crow.blogspot.com/2010/12/copper-penny-backsplash.html. I've also seen someone do a backsplash with 6x6" squares of heavy duty scrapbook paper and modge podge. I've seen wine corks, bottlecaps, and even gift cards glued to cardboard then put on the wall. There are so many ideas out there. I wish you luck and have a great week! Kelly xoxo

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  10. Your kitchen is very similar to mine; the white counters that go up in the back and no back splash and the cabinets appear the same in color. I like your current chalkboard paint detail in the back splash area.
    Look forward to a pic of how the chalkboard paint detail looks with the rest of the wall.

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  11. I Love the planked look!!! (as you know!) :)

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  12. Hmmmm! We are in need of a backsplash, so I am surely going to keep this post in mind as we venture in that direction. thank you! By the way, I am your newest follower through GFC! We are having a linky party, so if you (or anyone else for that matter) has time, come on over and link up! Here is the URL
    http://wonderfulathome.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-most-creative-week-linky-party.html

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  13. I think what you've done is wonderful! It's a real definition and I always love black anything.

    I'm a new follower and look forward to more of your creativity. Stop by and say hi when you can!

    Pat

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  14. I think it looks amazing. I currently have white tiles but with my teen boys cooking they end up so dirty YUCK!

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  15. It looks great, and will probably looks fantastic with painted cabinets!

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  16. What an awesome idea to use chalkpaint as a backsplash! I'd love it if you would link this up to my new linky party, "What We Accomplished Wednesday." It is live right now. Have a happy Valentines Day!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  17. Angela, I love your non-traditional backsplash! Mine is so non-traditional, too! I did handpainted chevron, no tape! lol Would love for you to share at the party tonight! xo Bridgett

    http://www.osiemoats.com/2013/02/link-up-party-2.html
    Done

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  18. I am hoping to finish our non traditions kitchen backsplash soon...like you, I just don't want to deal with tiling...but it would be nice :)

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  20. Love the look to the chalkboard paint background - very dramatic. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  21. Angela, Love your new backsplash! Thank you so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.


    Jody

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