Friday, March 20, 2015

Charcoal black plaster backsplash

Hi everyone, I was in desperate need of a backsplash in my kitchen, I've had half painted sheetrock as my backsplash since we moved back in over a year ago.  One of my dilemmas is that my kitchen is open to my dining room and living room and the kitchen is very traditional.  The colors in the kitchen are warm whereas the dining room and living room are grays and white.  One of the downfalls of having an open space, it all has to flow.  Until I find a suitable tile for my backsplash, I decided to paint it with a some texture.  

This is what it looked like... 

Yuh! I can't believe we kept it this way for so long!

So, I went a bit drastic with the color, a charcoal black.  I really like it for now, till there is a more permanent solution.  

Here is what I did...

Since the sheetrock had to be plastered anyway, I decided to mix the paint into the plaster and create a textured finish with the plaster. 

First, I mixed the plaster with water and paint to a cake like batter consistency. Then, I simply trowelled it on haphazardly and creating the amount of texture I wanted.  

Plaster took about half hour to dry.

After the plaster dried, I sealed it with a few coats of polyurethane so that the wall can be wiped down.  

 I really like the way it turned out!  It looks more like a completed kitchen now.

What do you think, is it too dark?  I'd love to hear your opinion.

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  1. this really pulls your kitchen together. Just gorgeous. I wouldn't have though that the dark could pop your cabinets , perfect choice!! I have only done a small bathroom plaster project. I was initially worried about the durability. I did make sure to seal it and have found even in a high use area, it has stood up wonderfully. Keep smiling and creating.

  2. First of all, I would have never thought to mix the plaster with the paint and second I would not have thought to use that dark of a color for the back splash, but WOW! Great idea and great color choice! Now you've got me to thinking about that color and using plaster for my back splash! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Looks fabulous! Thanks for the tip of mixing the paint with the plaster. I never would have thought of it.


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