Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fake Punched Tin Backsplash

I have always wanted to have a Punched Tin Backsplash in my kitchen.  When I went online to check out the prices of the various products, I scoffed!  Of course, it's not just the tin (or plastic) panels you need to purchase, but also the coordinating trim and switch plates.

There must be a better way to make my boring backsplash pretty!


Well, there is!


This is raised, paintable wallpaper with a punched tin pattern.  There's quite a few designs to choose from, too - just Google "Punched Tin Wallpaper"!

Applying it to the wall is SUPER easy!  The patterns line up easily and I had the added benefit of being able to customize some parts of it very simply by using my scissors.


After it dried, I applied two coats of Martha Stewart's metallic paint in Polished Silver. If there were any little spots where the wallpaper didn't quite meet the cabinets, the coat of silver paint erased those imperfections.


Next, using a small sea sponge, I applied a light coat of a darker metallic paint, Thundercloud.

I could have stopped there, but I liked the dappled look so much that I sponged another light coat of
Polished Silver over top.  That extra coat really made the wallpaper look a lot more like punched metal.


I did the same technique to all of my switch plates and the screws...



 ...with this result:



Lastly, because this is a kitchen backsplash, I then applied 5 coats of clear, high-gloss polyurethane.  I wanted to be sure that I'd be able to wipe down any spills without problems!

Here's my new Fake Tin Backsplash!






I'm thrilled with the result - so much that I'm thinking of doing the same to the boring front of my kitchen island!


The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Fake Tin Backsplash (Wallpaper $15.00, Martha Stewart Paints $16.00)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $31.00

Compare to Individual 2X2 Panels like this one from Home Depot: $18.95 each (I would have needed at least 12)
Home Depot
Total Fake-It Savings:  $196.40 (Does not include coordinating switch plates and trim needed with plastic panels)

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54 comments:

  1. Looks great, I love the look! Is is washable? I am a messy cook, so it would need to be pretty durable...

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    1. Very durable - There are 5 coats of polyurethane on it! I've had it for about 6 weeks now and it's just like new - tomato sauce splashes are no match for my backsplash!

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  2. I think I am going to try this on my ceiling too.

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  3. I really like this idea.. your so resourceful!! Gotta love that... I really like the painting technique as well.. you have done well!!

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  4. I love it. You've made it look so authentic with your painting technique and so clever to do the plug covers and screws - you've thought of everything. We have recently purchased the beadboard paintable wall paper to apply to our backsplash and I'm hoping it looks as good as yours even though we're just going to paint it the wall colour.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Beautiful! I think you've inspired me! Wish this stuff had been around years ago when I wanted this look. I wound up using underpinning for mobile homes! It worked, but didn't look nearly as classy.

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  6. where did you get your wallpaper from? i tried a google search but i must not be looking in the right place.

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    1. Here ya go!

      http://www.amazon.com/Imperial-VP131600-Architectural-Paintable-Wallpaper/dp/B00270FMU4/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1350307916&sr=1-1&keywords=pressed+tin+wallpaper

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  7. Here's a link to the wallpaper on amazon

    http://www.amazon.com/Imperial-VP131600-Architectural-Paintable-Wallpaper/dp/B00270FMU4/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_2

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  8. I love it. I have been wanting arrested tin backsplash.
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  9. Gorgeous and very convincing! Thanks for the paint colors. Is the Martha paint found at the craft store or home improvement center?

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  10. I have marvelled before about where on earth you get ideas like this. Today I wonder where on earth do you find the time?! You do it AND blog about it! :) Another homerun! Well done!

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  11. Wish you would have posted this last year! My husband did our backsplash last year around this time....using the plastic panels! Looks great, but your way would have been cheaper!

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  12. I recommend using the wallpaper that looks like embossed leather for the front of your island. With brown and black, it looks just like weathered leather. I love the backsplash idea and I'm totally stealing it for my kitchen in bronze or copper!

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  13. I love it! Great idea and great work on the painting.

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  14. What a wonderful idea!! Looks great!!
    Jenn~

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  15. You are AWESOME! I love love love love this! I Will be sharing this grand idea.

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  16. LOVE!!! such a clever way to do this.. I saw some plastic versions at home depot but this is WAY better.. ;) I'd love for you to post this project on my new link party! Impatiently Crafted Sundays ;) http://impatientlycrafty.com/2012/10/13/craft-link-up-impatiently-crafted-sundays/

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  17. Oh that looks so cool! You did a great job and happy to hear that it is durable!

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  18. NO WAY!!! We have been wanting to do this in our kitchen too and just couldn't justify the cost!! AMAZING! Thanks.

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  19. I really like most of your ideas, but this has got to be one of my faves - I am HIGHLY IMPRESSED!!!

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  20. Wish I would have seen this before I put up the real thing and spent over $200! Very nice!

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  21. What do you use to apply the silver paint? A paint brush or a sponge?

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  22. Did you hang short pieces vertically? I'm also wondering how you hung it.....just water or liquid nails, etc? I bought the paper and am dying to get started :)

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    1. I just hung the wallpaper according to the directions - with water. Best of luck!

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    2. Thanks for the advice...The actual print of the paper has changed from what you have on your walls (even with the same listing/link), so I think I will have to hand vertically in 19'' pieces in order to get some of the pattern in. Imperial has added several stripes in between each "box" and it isn't as pretty as yours :/

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    3. I didn't notice the difference in the wallpaper till Newport Singer mentioned it. I found the exact match on Amazon. Here is the link http://www.amazon.com/Large-Flower-Textured-Paintable-Wallpaper/dp/B003CQCN2M/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_6

      It's a bit more expensive too.

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  23. After almost a year, is the backsplash still holding up well? I was at lowes and say this paintable wallpaper and am dying to try it but am nervous it won't hold up even with the polyurethane.

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  24. After almost a year, is the backsplash still holding up well? I was at lowes and say this paintable wallpaper and am dying to try it but am nervous it won't hold up even with the polyurethane.

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    1. It's as perfect as the first day! No problems with cleaning or wear!

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing your work here. I can say that you really did a very great job here, Heather. It looks perfectly beautiful. It was also a very wonderful idea that you dub on another color to make it more like of a metal appearance. It is really very nice. Please do post your if you do your next project. -www.tinceilingxpress.com

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  26. Hello Heather,
    I just completed a similar project myself, and was about to publish a "How-To" on my blog when I saw you had done the same thing. Your explanation is straightforward and well-written, and your enthusiasm shines through. My analysis of my project is more technical. Would you mind if I linked to your post here, so that my readers can have a simpler explanation of the project?

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  28. This is my first visit to your website/blog, and I really like what I'm seeing. I did this same thing to a bathroom ceiling in an antebellum home with ball and claw tub, and it looks great. I used spray Rust-Oleum oil rubbed bronze colored paint on the outside of the old tub, as well as on tin tile design paper to go on ceiling, before installing it to the ceiling. Then I sponged the ceiling with metalic copper paint. It looks like an old copper tile ceiling....similar to yours, but in copper tone instead of silver tin color. Perfect for an 1832 antebellum home!

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  29. Thank you so much for sharing this! I have been waiting to get the tin backsplash when I had saved enough money...now I know how to get the look I want without spending a fortune!

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  30. Great job! It looks very nice :)
    Sarah

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  31. love it! just curious. how much paint did you use?

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    1. About a quarter of a jar for each color. Cheers!

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  32. How did you finish exposed edges? Brillant idea!

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  33. I just completed this today and it really turned out well. Thank you for the idea.

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    1. Tundra Mom Since your comment was the most recent on this tutorial, I was hoping you could tell me if you were able to locate the Martha Stewart Metallic Paints used in the original tutorial. I have been looking online and don't see any bottles that look like the ones pictured in the tutorial. Perhaps the bottles have simply changed. Can you let me know where you found the paint? Thanks, Pam Frederick pamfrederick@gmail.com

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  34. Tundra Mom Since your comment was the most recent on this tutorial, I was hoping you could tell me if you were able to locate the Martha Stewart Metallic Paints used in the original tutorial. I have been looking online and don't see any bottles that look like the ones pictured in the tutorial. Perhaps the bottles have simply changed. Can you let me know where you found the paint? Thanks, Pam Frederick pamfrederick@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Pam, I purchased the metallic paints from The Home Depot. Cheers!

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  35. I was originally going to go with wallpaper for my backsplash and got scared a little by the possibility of it getting damaged by water, but the poly coats make total sense, and I'm going for it! Thanks for the inspiration and confidence!

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  36. I have been wanting to do this for ages, and your post has convinced me that I must make it my next project. I like the tip of giving it many coats of poly to keep it clean. I knew it wouldn't hold up well to scrubbing.

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  37. Love this....not too shiney...you did an awesome job! How has it held up?

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  38. love this doing it to my ceiling

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  39. Just did this and I love it! Plus I got the textured wall paper for only $7/roll, but the Martha Stewart metallic paints are no longer available. I used the Ralph Lauren metallic called Wedding Silver with the folk art acrylic Thunder cloud. Love the outcome! Thanks for your inspiration!

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