Chalkboard Paint Backsplash – Create Subway Tile!

I adore subway tile and admittedly have an unrelenting obsession with chalkboard paint. After staring at our less than appealing backsplash, which I’ve recently chalkboard-ed up,  I realized that both of my above mentioned loves are an obvious match made in heaven.

*Insert ahhh ha moment {here}.*

I’m talking to myself out loud now, ‘why not hand draw me some subway tiles on the chalkboard paint backsplash?’

I’m answering myself now, ‘why not!’

Armed with a piece of chalk, a ruler, laser level and some time to kill during nap time it was go time.  Not only does the chalkboard paint and chalk drawn subway tile offer a fun and inexpensive backsplash alternative but it also allows for you and your kids to be creative, adding little notes, drawings and possibly even a weeks worth of menu ideas.

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After a mini google session I realized that a typical subway tile is 4 by 6 so I began by measuring from the base of the cabinets down towards the counter top marking every 4 inches.

chalk21Once my spacing was marked and measured, I simply lined up the ever trusty laser level to guide my lines and mr. ruler and I started tracing.

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Once the lines were drawn 4 inches apart, I hash marked along every other line at 6 inches and drew a line accordingly to begin the coveted pattern.

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In the opposite sections, I measured 3 inches (the center of the 6 inch tile drawings) and drew hash marks to fill in lines as necessary. Creating a tile pattern.

chalk61If you are forced to ‘work yourself into a corner’ maintain the same measurements but bend it according to the wall surface and continue moving along.

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The finished result exceeded my expectations. My son, God bless his little heart, actually did a double take when he entered the kitchen because he thought that they were actual tiles >> Gush, gush, blush. Mommy may be able to get a lot done, but to tile an entire backsplash with five kids underfoot in an hour, is beyond my superhuman capabilities. What I love most about this backsplash is that when or if I get sick of it, the possibilities are endless in terms of design and pattern. For now, however, I am perfectly content with my chalkboard paint subway tile backsplash.

 

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