How to Paint a Faux Brick Backsplash

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Every home has their own story. 
 
My story includes a little lesson on procrastination.
 
Months ago, as you all know…. I paint my cabinets white. 

I painted the backsplash white, also.
 
 
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After years of having red cabinets, I LOVED the new crisp, white look.
 
But, I felt that for me personally, there was a bit too much white.
 
 
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So I made the decision soon after to paint the backsplash 
 
Summer Cottage Blue.
 
See the blue through the arch? That is my Living Room.
 
It, too, was painted Summer Cottage Blue.
 
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DIY Tip:  Did you realize this “Brick” Backsplash is
 
simply a 4×8 sheet of Faux Brick paneling?  About $20 a sheet at Lowe’s.
 
 
As soon as I painted the backsplash white,  I realized that it needed more.  
 
Because more is, well…. more.  Right?
 
So I purchased some wood corbels at Lowe’s.  Two to start with, to see how
 
they looked.  I, also, bought a can of white spray paint.  I came home and 
 
placed said corbels and paint on the counter.
 
And that, my Bloggy Friends, is where they sat.  For the next month.
 
And then almost another month.
 
So last week, I decided enough was enough.
 
 
A few coats of basic off-the-shelf white spray paint was all the corbels
 
needed.  Note how I appeased The Hubbs by putting down some paper to 
 
prevent White Grass Disease like my last project.  Laughing 
 
I, also, got out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and added some white dry
 
brushing to the faux brick backsplash.
 
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But I wanted a bit more of a rustic “farmhouse” feel, so I took the hand
 
sander and added some “patina.”
 
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And I sanded a little more,  until I got this…
 
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The Hubbs hung the corbels.
 
Can I just say – that the procrastination thing paid off this time.  :)
 
 
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Ok, it’s not completely finished.  (There is just so much a procrastinator can
 
accomplish in one week ya’ know. ) I still have to complete the backside of 
 
the niche, and also the opposite side of the kitchen.
 
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I hung my large white platter between the two corbels.
 
 
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This area of the kitchen has seen the most changes.  I love how it has
 
progressed. The next addition I need to make is updating the
 
under-cabinet lighting.
 
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So while this job took only a few hours to complete-  and was put off
 
for entirely too long…  it sure was worth the wait.
 
xxoo, Barb
 
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  1. That looks great! The dry-brushing and distressing made all the difference. Love your corbels -they really make the middle cabinet look like a piece of furniture to me. Now…get to work- why are you sitting there reading this? You know there is work to be done- (oh-wait-I am channeling my mother-never mind) – xo Diana

  2. I love how it turned out honey! Don’t worry, procrastinating is worth it many times, as it happened to me with my laundry room…I kep on saying I will put some cabinets atop the washer and drier until a month ago. lol..Your corbels are great, the perfect finishing touch. Enjoy your week and finish off what you started, NO turning back now!
    FABBY

  3. Love the distressed blue and the corbels look nice, too. Nice old scale.

  4. How fresh and pretty! The soft blue is so refreshing and different. I really like it ;) I bet after the red, the white was too white. I know exactly what you meant.

    We just installed hearth tiles today. We bought them in February. (we are pretty good at procrastinating too) lol

  5. I like it! I like to attend your procrastination workshop, but I just can’t seem to remember to sign up….so some time this week maybe?!?!

  6. Barb,
    This looks great! I love that shade of blue and how you distressed it! I’m loving that scale too!

  7. Amazing! Love it!

  8. It looks great, Barb! I never would have guessed how you did that brick backsplash, & I love the color!

  9. I’ve used the brick paneling too, love it. You did a fantastic job! I wouldn’t have thought about painting it blue though. And the distressing, perfect! I just love your home :)

  10. I love it! The corbels look awesome.

  11. Beautiful, Barb! I love the corbels! I’ve been thinking of trying that myself, but, well, I’ve been procrastinating. : ) Although, actually I prefer to say “I’m thinking on it”.

  12. Love the new color and corbels…!!!

  13. Barb, it looks fabulous. I like the soft blue you used and the distressing looks wonderful. Your corbels are so pretty. They add a ton of character. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  14. Your kitchen looks great with the blue accents. I love how your kitchen keeps getting better and better over time. My Breakfast Room is the same way…I keep adding little touches which make it better than before.

  15. You are so smart, Barb. I just love it! Now I can’t wait to see the rest of it.

  16. Wow, it looks great. So custom looking. Good work.
    Blessings Paula Lusk

  17. This looks great! I love the color and the corbels you added.

  18. Barb I loved it white but I love it even more with that pretty shade of blue and the distressing! The corbels finish it off perfectly!! That whole area looks beautiful!

  19. Barb, I really like the touch of blue on the bricks in your kitchen. So, so pretty!
    Mary Alice

  20. Beautiful blues! Corbels look great….worth the wait…for sure!

  21. So cool! Seriously, aren’t you happy?! You should be.

    I’ve been a bad blog friend. Life has been busy, but good. I did finally post something a night or two ago and I’ve promised myself I will get back to blogging. It’s important to me.

    Big hugs,
    Kat

  22. Hi Barb! Loooooooove it! Oh, it just looks wonderful. I loved your kitchen when it was red but I really do love it white. The pretty blue on the bricks looks so nice and I do love me some corbels! :)
    Procrastination is my middle name by the way! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  23. Love the addition of the corbels. The color and distressing mad a huge difference and has big impact.

    Cynthia

  24. LOVE the blue distressed look…what a huge difference it made in there.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  25. It looks perfectly dreamy. Visiting from Wow. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-11.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  26. It’s just gorgeous! In fact every single thing about your kitchen is gorgeous – I’m seriously in love with it!
    Your newest follower, would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time
    Hugs,

  27. It looks amazing! Love your crisp kitchen :)
    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

  28. the faux brick makes such an impact! I might have to add it to our kitchen, since we have no backsplash!

  29. I love it! You did a fabulous job creating one-of-a-kind backsplash! I love how your white pieces pop against it, too!

  30. Hi, this is really beautiful. The distressed color is amazing. I am just wondering how it got from the brownish color to the blue by simply sanding. Did I miss something?

    Cheers!

  31. Phyllis says:

    I love your faux brick back splash….take a bow!
    You have mentioned the paint colour, ‘cottage blue’ a few times in your blogs, and I really do love the shade. Which company makes this paint, please, and what was the finish used? Thank you.

    • Phyllis – it is called Summer Cottage Blue and I think it is made at Lowe’s. Let me pull the paint can to confirm. I am one of those that change my paint colors so often I can never remember. :)

  32. It looks great. What is the brick dimension? It looks wider than standard brick.

  33. Love your Kitchen! I am fixing to paint my caninets a creamy off white! I also love love love the faux brick & have looked everywhere but Lowe’s :^} for this didn’t even think about them having it. So thank you so very much! Was meant to find your blog! I have a very small kitchen & no backsplash & I wanted the brick. I can’t wait to get started! Blessings! :^]

  34. Beautiful! I love how the color and distressing make such a difference in the brick backsplash! Lovely kitchen all around! Hugs, Leena

  35. Hello! I am getting ready to paint my faux brick in my kitchen. What is the process to paint them? (Did you use a primer? if so, what kind? was there a certain paint finish? did you use rollers or brushes?) Thank you!

  36. I cant find this type of wallboard anywhere… is there a name I should be looking for!? YOur kitchen looks great. Wonderful! I was planning on doing subway tile, but this would be easier and cheaper! Sometimes procrastination pays off!

    • Hi Allison – sorry behind on answering my comment questions. I have only been able to find it at Lowe’s. Its available in the paneling section. I love mine. :)

  37. Oh my goodness!!!! You gave me a wonderful idea, I bow to you. We have been trying to decide what we can do with our backsplash, we have none, just a painted wall. Tile seems to, cliché and expensive, I thought of Wainscoting but I am loving the brick look, it would fit my French Country look I’m trying to go for. Thanks for the tips!!!!
    MCB

    • You are so welcome. I love my backsplash. I made some mistakes installing mine. Just make sure you don’t try to scrimp and buy an extra sheet if neceesary so you can match up the bricks exactly. :) (I thought I could spackle it to blend) The first time I painted I used latex paint. I went back behind the sink where I get the most splash and painted an oil-based product.
      BTW, this product is only available at Lowe’s as far as I can tell. And its in the paneling section, fyi. Good luck, let me know when you have it in. :) Blessings, Barb

  38. I love this idea! this is exactly what I wanted to do! I have to wine though, those panels at Lowes Canada are $50 per 4×8 sheet! I also want to do a small wall at the top of my stairs.

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