Faux Wood Backsplash Reveal

Detail of painted backsplash.   

Before:  Plain drywall "back splash."

For this Metamorphosis Monday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch  (here), I wanted to share my recent faux wood back splash project.  More details about my inspiration are (here) at this former post.  But for a quick review, here is the original inspiration photo from Pinterest:

But to recap, basically I wanted to replicate the look of reclaimed wood.  As you can see in the after photo before, I thought that the different tones would tie together the natural cherry cabinets (not as dark as they look in the photos), the vintage fabric in the glass front cabinets, and the dark countertops, as well as fitting the asthetics of my 1930s cottage/bungalow.
Back splash after.  I resisted the urge to overstyle and decided to show cluttered counter as it really exists for truth in blogging.
I started project by laying out boards, using a pencil and level.  I used pencil because I wanted the dark line to help suggest the shadow line between boards.   I based the proportion of boards on the 4" granite lip, as well as the traditional size of real boards used in this application.  I did vary the sizes from 3" to 6" to give the illusion of random boards.  In a faux finish like this, imprecision actually helps the illusion.  I further decided to give a border around the "board" over the sink to highlight the area and give interest, as this is the first thing you see when walking into kitchen.
Above, I've started laying in color.  I wanted to primarily use light greens and aquas to tie together my pale avocado walls and the aqua walls in the adjoining room.  I did want some warm wood tones to peek through to relate to the wood cabinets.  In some cases, I actually finished the "boards" to look like wood before layering paint over them for that weathered peeling paint look.  I also added grain lines with a rocking roller tool.
Here is the completed back splash topped with a tinted polyureathane for durability.  The slight tint (golden oak) helps give the illusion of age .
I ran the boards hoizontally over the stove to give interest and also help with the illusion of using actual reclaimed material:  when using such materials, usually you have to adapt because of limited quanity.
The beautiful plates were a gift from Visual Vamp, Valorie Hart.

And now the fun part:  accessories.  All along, I wanted the back splash to provide a good background for these beautiful Majolica plates that work well with my green walls.  If they look familiar, it's because they used to grace the before kitchen of the fabulous Visual Vamp:
A beautiful plate, crocks to hold utensils, and a vintage lamp:  what more does any cottage kitchen need?

After 4+ years of no backsplash, I've very happy with how this turned out, especially since I was able to complete the project with very little money---I already had most of the needed paints and supplies.  I'm also glad I waited until I found the perfection solution.


greenwords said...

Looks absolutely fabulous. Totally worth waiting all that time to decide what to do!

Valorie Hart - The Visual Vamp said...

Genius! As usual! The plates look perfect in your house!!!! xo xo

h. m. settoon said...

@ valorie--thank you so much for the majolica --- i love them. you'll have to stop by one night after your tango lesson.

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

this is great looking! I love the continuity-yet the added ambiance it creates. fantastic work and idea. and the majolica makes it! pgt

Anonymous said...

It is a beautiful back-splash. You made it look doable. I just spent 6+ hours at the bar with my nine year old daughter painting practice "boards". on foam board. We came up with some interesting looks. It does not at all resemble yours. We are painting her floor and she wanted the look of the faux wood. Any advice? Apparently its the base color,we tried a few, and the aged look we are missing.

h. m. settoon said...

anon, send me an e-mail with some pics and maybe I can advise you. To get the "wood tone" boards before putting on the colors with a trowel, I used Sherwin Williams paint color "mannered gold" with thin layers of golden oak and dark walnut minwax stain.