Backsplash Stencil

Update kitchen tiles with a colorful focal point that gives the room an Old World Mexico vibe.

Backsplash Stencil

Update kitchen tiles with a colorful focal point that gives the room an Old World Mexico vibe.

Difficulty: Easy

Materials
Sander
150-grit sand disc
Mask
Protective eyewear
Rubber gloves
Water
Rag
3-gallon bucket
Trisodium phosphate (½ cup)
Tape measure
(2) cans of chalk paint in desired colors
Paper plate
Paper towel
Sponge paintbrushes in various sizes
(2) stencils of your choice
Stencil adhesive spray
Painter’s tape
Paint tray
Paint rollers
Spar urethane

Steps
  1. Lightly sand the current tile surface with a sander or 150-grit sandpaper. Make sure to wear gloves, a mask and protective eyewear

  2. Once the surface is sanded, pour 2 gallons of hot water into a bucket. Next, add ½ cup of trisodium phosphate, stirring with a paint stirrer
  3. Keep your protective gear on. Soak the rag in the solution and rub it on the tile. This will remove any remaining dirt, grime and grease

  4. Next, wipe any excess solution from the tile with a dry towel
  5. Determine your stencil pattern, spray stencil adhesive on the back of the stencil and place the stencil on one of the tiles. Tape small pieces of painter’s tape on the corners to keep the stencil in place

  6. Pour paint onto a paper plate and dip a sponge brush into it. The brush should not be saturated, so if there is more paint on the sponge than needed, dab it with a paper towel

  7. Continuously dab the paint into the stencil design until it’s completely covered, and let it dry for 1 minute

  8. Carefully remove the stencil to expose the design. Place the stencil onto another tile to continue the pattern. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until all desired tiles are covered

  9. Place the second stencil onto the previous design, and keep it in place with painter’s tape. NOTE: Do NOT put spray adhesive on the back – it will remove the previous paint from the tile

  10. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the second stencil until the design is complete. Let the paint dry for 1 hour
  11. After the backsplash is dry, pour spar urethane into a paint tray. Use a paint roller to spread a thin layer onto the tile, making sure to even out any stray paint lines for a smooth finish

  12. Let dry for 1 hour, and then apply a second coat. Let dry overnight