How I Found a Friend and Got A Back Splash at the Same Time
I wanted a back splash in our kitchen right away. Our kitchen was very PLAIN JANE. Ew. We were too broke right away to install a glass tile back splash like I really wanted. I needed a hold-me-over until we had the funds. Here is what I found:
I began my quest for the perfect inexpensive yet stylish back splash back in January. In my Google hunt I found something that really touched my heart and spoke to my soul. I stumbled upon a blog of a couple who was struggling with infertility, but had a love of design (interest: peaked). They began raising money for envitro by painting back splashes. (Check our their work. It is amazing!) I really connected with Beth, the writer of Sawdust and Embryos. Some of you know this, and many of you don’t, but I struggle with my own infertility. It is emotionally draining every single day, and I cry a lot. Since the day I discovered them, I have been a faithful blog follower of S/E since. She shares her experiences of the truth and pain that come from not being able to have babies. Even though I have never met her or talked to her once, her story has given me strength and hope. I connect with her. We both have the same passion for design and babies!
I decided to attempt my own painted back splash as a temporary fix until we had the money/time to install a custom glass tile backer. Here is my experience:
First I painted the “grout” lines. I just picked white. Then, I taped. I chose to make my “tiles” 6″. I used an actual tile as a guide, and leveled as I went to make sure the pattern didn’t go wonky. It took about 3 hours to tape it all. Then I painted using acrilic paints. I tried to swirl the paint to give it a textured tile look… I don’t know… It doesn’t look as amazing like I wanted it to. But it’s paint. What can I expect? It doesn’t look horrible. I would have chosen different colors. But I do believe that it looks better than what was there before. I’m still excited to do a glass tile back splash, but for now, this works. (Check out S/E to see their AWESOME painted back splashes to get ideas of your own.)
I feel like the most important thing I got out of this, is that I am not alone in my struggles. I’m grateful when people are open about things that can be so hard to talk about, and have the strength and courage to share it. It is like uncovering a ray of sunlight.
To Look Forward To:
At the end of the summer we are installing our new tile back splash and refinishing our cabinets. We are also going to be repainting the walls and giving our counter tops a make over. It is going to be a party! :-)