While visiting my husband’s family in Wisconsin recently, his mother mentioned how she wanted to brighten up her kitchen. She had been wanting to paint her back splash, but had not found the time to do so. She is a super busy Mom, Grandma, Pastor’s Wife, and works full time!
My husband said her kitchen has looked like this (see photo above) since he can remember, and he’s 26 years old! I could see why she wanted to brighten up the space. There aren’t any windows to let in light except for a side door. On a cloudy day, it must’ve felt very dreary in there. So while we were visiting, we decided to get this project done for her.
How could I resist helping my lovely mother-in-law and getting the chance to paint something? I mean, come on! Painting is therapeutic! (Am I alone?)
We started this project by removing one cabinet door that was touching the brick back splash in one area. Then my husband scrubbed the back splash with a plastic bristled brush and sprayed the back splash with de-greaser as he scrubbed.
This was a VERY important step because every back splash has some grease or oil collected on it. No matter the surface, it needs to be clear of dust, dirt, and grease. Grease is the most important one to get off because it can cause the paint to discolor when you paint on top of it, leaving you with ugly stains in your paint.
After scrubbing thoroughly, we wiped everything clean with a paper towel and made sure it was dry. Her back splash was textured, so using a cloth or rag to wipe clean would have left behind fuzz and lint that would show up when we painted. (My husband all excited to start painting. He hates the prep work.)
Once everything was dry, we taped off the edges and under the cabinets. We couldn’t remove the light switch covers, though we tried, so I decided to paint them. They were metal, and the paint we chose would stick to metal so it wasn’t a problem. We did tape off the plug holes so we didn’t get paint in there. I don’t remember the exact paint we used, but I know it was Behr Interior 2-In-1 Paint & Primer. It was really thick and two coats did the job very well. We used a basic white paint color.
After the second coat of paint, I pulled off the painter’s tape. I did it before it was dry so it would be easier and not rip the paint since we used a latex base. Below is what it looked like when it was finished.
(It immediately felt brighter and happier in the once dark kitchen corner )
Below is a before and after photo of the brick back splash area above the stove before we put the cabinet door back on. I think it looks like expensive subway tile now. What do you think?
Here is a photo of the complete before and after of her kitchen. I think it really makes a difference and made the space feel bigger, brighter, and lively.
This was a very simple project Joshua and I enjoyed doing for his Mom. She mentioned wanting to paint the cabinets eventually…so maybe when I go back to visit, I’ll have another fun project on my hands.
Here Was Our Project Breakdown:
Supplies We Used:
- Behr Interior Paint and Primer in White
- Painter’s Tape
- Angled Paint Brush
- Paper Towels
- Scrub Brush
Steps We Took:
- Removed cabinet doors and obstacles (clear counters, remove light switch covers)
- Cleaned the back splash with de-greaser and a scrub brush. Wiped it clean with paper towels.
- Taped off walls and light switches with painters tape
- Painted the brick back splash twice making sure to get the grooves of the brick well on the first coat (we did 2 coats total and it gave us good coverage).
- Removed the painters tape right after the second coat.
- Let second coat dry and ENJOY!
What did you think of this project? Do you think this was a good way to brighten up a small kitchen? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.