Well, this wasn’t a favorite project in my house, but it will hold us over until I can figure out a more permanent glass tile look. To be honest, I just can’t decide what I really want, and the wall had some damage from some self-adhesive stainless tiles that just did not stay on the wall.
So, if you see those tiles, don’t be tempted by the idea of a quick fix. They won’t go straight on a painted, primed, or even sanded wall. Perhaps they’d stick to a rougher surface, like spackle, but doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a quick fix? Anyway, mine fell right off and took chunks of paint with it. So, now we have this totally free 4 hour backsplash to cover that mess. If you’ve read my About Me, you already know I mess things up often. The reason this was free is because I already had painter’s tape, joint compound,paints, and brushes/spackling knives, etc… If you don’t have those things, there will be a small investment. I like to use things I already have around the house, which is what sparked this idea in the first place. I did come up with the idea on my own, but then I googled it thinking surely someone else has had this idea before. I was right, and I did find a few tutorials. I want to show you all the other DIY ideas I found on YouTube, but they distracted me for about three hours. So, I’m sticking with this backsplash post. No distractions! Lol!
I used a box cutter and cut around a roll of painter’s tape, about 1/4″ from the edge all the way around. The uneven edges from the cut make the grout look more authentic, plus I couldn’t find the right size tape. After I made the tape cut and measured my space, I started taping the wall. I used the real bricks on my fireplace as a guide for size, then randomly placed the grout lines on each row. Each full faux brick is 7 1/2″ long and 3 1/2″ high.
I am a messy worker, which you will see in my photos. Here’s the process, step by step:
Step 1: Tape
Step 2: Like icing a cake! I used joint compound:
Step 3: At this point, I used a hair dryer to accelerate the drying process. I only wanted it slightly dry. I used a paver from my garden to stamp in some texture, then used my spackle knife to carve in more lines. You can get creative here. Do what you want to make it look like a brick! It helps to look at a real brick for inspiration.
Step 4: Now, let the joint compound dry. Knock off any huge clumps with your spackle knife and lightly sand, if you wish. Then, pull the tape!
Step 5: Paint with your base color. Keep in mind, this will be your grout color, too, unless you want to go back at the end and repaint your grout lines with another color. I am using a kit from a company call Brick Anew. I used this kit to fix my ugly fireplace bricks, and I had a lot leftover. Highly recommend this kit if you have an ugly fireplace!
Step 6: Now just add your paint layers, colors of choice. Get creative. I brushed on my first coat, then used a sea sponge to apply the other colors and one glaze.
Now, clean up, and you’re all done! I’m going to look for a clear glaze to put on top to seal this, just to make it last longer. I will edit this post with the product name when I find it.
If you have any questions, feel free to message me or post below. I’ll try my best to help!