Create a Faux tile backsplash behind your stove

January 9th, 2009 in member junk     
Valleyartisan Valleyartisan, member
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Even is you don't have a nice tile backsplash behind your stove, you can create one with nothing more than paint.  This can be painted directly on the wall or done on a piece of art cloth (similar to roller shade material) and put up with wallpaper paste or a special wax so it can be removed easily. Start by painting your surface with whatever color you want the grout to be.  Then, measure and divide the tiles off with 1/8 inch tape.  Start in the center so it comes out evenly on the sides.  You can buy this at an automotive supply store. Using the acrylic colors of your choice, texture the surface with a natural sponge to give them a little dimention. When dry, paint or stencil the design, still life, landscape or motif of your choice.  Add a watered down gray/black to the bottom and one side of each tile to create more dimention to the tiles. When dry, carefully remove the tape.  Cover with several coats of clear acrylic.  If you use the wax system, you can change it easily when you decide to go from country to modern next week!

Pattern or design used: My own design - Ruth McKinsey
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Comments (5)

Valleyartisan writes: Thanks for all the great comments on the project. I hope a lot of you try it. As for the waxer, you can purchase a waxer and the wax on line. I will give you the secret this time. Procote 2000 handwaxer Item # P2000 $65.00 from Please visit my website at for information on booklets that contain several projects with all the contact information for products used including the art cloth. I also have a DVD to teach you how to make great handbags from things you probably have around the house...with no sewing....Thanks again and keep on creating. Posted: 12:52 pm on January 11th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Welcome to JMS! Wow! You really fooled me with the tile. It looks terrific! Great job and thanks for sharing your instructions with everyone.

Candy Posted: 12:32 pm on January 10th
FunktionalJunk writes: Wow! This looks just like real tile! You are very talented. And thank you for including the instructions for those of us who plan to try this great idea ourselves! Great job!

Leah Posted: 9:23 am on January 10th
junkermidge writes: That is really amazing! I keep looking at it, and it still looks like the real deal. But I can't imagine you'd lie about that, so I'll believe you. I guess that's why you're a pro. Does it look that realistic in person? .....That's amazing!
Midge Posted: 5:59 pm on January 9th
georgiamoon writes: Hi there. You are very talented. It looks so beautiful...even better than tiles!Great job and welcome to the site, Georgia Posted: 5:15 pm on January 9th
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