My Blessed Life™ · Oct 27, 2014

DIY Herringbone Tile Backsplash

Hey y’all! I am so excited to have Mr. here today to show you a project that we’ve just recently finished. Take it away, babe!

I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be here today. We just completed a painted DIY Herringbone Tile Kitchen Backsplash. It turned out better than we could have imagined!

We are THRILLED with the after!

Some of you probably remember that we’ve been working on the kitchen since last year at this time. We’ve slowly been chipping away at our to-do list for the kitchen. It was so exciting to pick up our supplies at The Home Depot like Behr® Marquee™ paint line, ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and a Wooster® Pro paint brush and roller.

Here is a “before” although it is somewhat after because we removed a bunch of wallpaper and we made over the kitchen cabinet doors last year. The existing backsplash has just been a bit drab and-with it being painted paneling-a bit more challenging. We aren’t ready to commit to tile because we aren’t 100% sure what we want to do long term with this space.

So a painted faux tile was the perfect option for us.

Here are the supplies we used…

  • Behr® Marquee™ Iron Gate #MQ2-60 {Flat} – Grey
  • Behr® Marquee™ Cameo White #MQ3-32 {Satin} – White
  • Wooster® Pro Woven Cage Frame Roller
    • Wooster® Pro High Density Woven Cage Frame Roller (2-Pack)
  • Wooster® Pro 1.5” Nylon/Polyester Thin Angle Sash Brush
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2080EL

We wanted to create a grey herringbone diagonal tile look with white grout lines, so after painting the entire back splash in Iron Gate grey and allowing it to dry for at least 24 hours I began taping off all of the vertical lines.

I had to measure, divide into equal vertical rectangles, tape, and paint the vertical grout lines. This took some time! It’s not hard at all. Just time consuming to make sure that everything is correct before painting.

The setup is DEFINITELY the most time consuming part of this project, but be patient because the final result is worth it!

Be sure that the edges of the tape are securely pressed down and then use a dry brush {dip in the paint and then brush off excess} to seal in the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape before painting a second coat of the white on. Remove the painters tape carefully while the paint is still wet.

After Myra and I decided on the angle and height of our tiles and width of our grout lines, I then lightly marked where each diagonal tile line would intersect the vertical lines, taped, and painted my diagonal lines. Again, patience is the key here!

Remember to press the tape edges down securely and do the dry brush technique to help keep the paint from seeping through the tape. Crisp lines are the goal!

I pulled the tape shortly after painting the diagonal lines and bam! You get nervous as you pull this tape off. A dreaded sense of finality kinda kicks in. Ha! Trust your patient preparation and setup!

Seriously. That is a backsplash improvement!! I knew I was on the right track when a relative recently came over and, while looking at the finished product, said “That looks really good! What is that?” thinking it was some kind of actual tile! Yes!

Here are a few more “after” photos for your viewing pleasure…


This space has been so elevated with the geometric backsplash. It’s so much more interesting and dynamic than before.

Myra really likes to add pops of color in our home. It definitely doesn’t get boring.

We are so happy with how the kitchen is coming together slowly but surely.

And here is another peek at the DIY Painted Herringbone Tile Backsplash makeover.

Have you been working on a creative paint project lately? What is your favorite way to use painter’s tape?

We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Also, make sure to sign up for The Home Depot Consumer program.

Have a great day!

Mr. {and Myra too!}

We are proud to be 3M, Behr®, and Wooster® – sponsored bloggers, and, as part of our responsibilities, we get the opportunity to evaluate products. Opinions are our own and additional product used in the project were selected by us.

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