How to Create Your Own Unique Kitchen Backsplash

December 1, 2016

 

Does your kitchen's back need to be splashed?  

 

We recently finished our basement.  There's a lot happening at our house.  Having friends over for football games and a place for our kids to hang with their friends created a need for more finished space.  I love how it turned out. We added a mini kitchen complete with a popcorn machine, ice maker and a fridge.  

 

I wanted to add a backsplash.

 

This decision, interestingly enough, was one of the hardest decisions I made.  I threw around many ideas...like tiling the whole wall behind the counter top, but that seemed too permanent for me.  I wanted more of a rustic look than a clean tile look.  After throwing out too many ideas to count, I decided to make my own backsplash.

 

 

 

Shocker!!! Ha ha. 

Have you ever thought of making your own "weathered" wood?  You know, the kind you find when the 90 year-old barn gets torn down?  I LOVE weathered wood so much that I make it myself. 

 

Here's how: 

 

1. Visit your local home improvement store for the wood.  I use cedar fencing slats. Let the slats dry out because they are still really wet when you purchase them.  They also shrink. I let mine sit in met garage for a few weeks before I use them so they can dry out.  

 

2. Get a can of gray stain.  Put a really light coat of stain on each piece of wood. 

 

Ta-da!  You now have weathered wood!  I know, too simple right? 

 

You can also drill some screws in a few random boards to create "nail holes" so it looked like they had been used before.  I added more stain to those areas. 

This is what I used for my backsplash.  I cut each board the same length and then nailed them to my wall and finished the top off with a small piece of trim.  In order to make the backsplash do it's job and repel water, food, etc.  I applied a couple of coats of matte finish polyurethane. 

 

I really like how it turned out and I especially like that if I want to change it up in a few years that I can easily take it off my wall and add something different. 

 

 

  

 

Jeana Proctor is a contributing Blogger for Prime.

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