Faux Tile Back Splash…

A tile back splash?


It’s a textured wall under the cabinets.

I wanted a back splash to brighten up under the cabinets. Rather than spend the money for tile I used what I had around my house.  The builder left a huge bucket of Spackle in the garage so I used that…
and a 4 or 6 inch Spackle knife….
Here’s how:
Starting in the center if each wall – apply the Spackle (or plaster) with a Spackle knife about an 1/8 inch thick.
Working in a 2 to 3 foot area, use a level and measuring tape to divide the height into 3 equal sections. Hold your level at each line horizontally (should be two). Then scrape a straight line into the smooth texture with your Spackle knife or a 5 in 1 tool using the level as your guide.
(standard height is 17 to 18 inches from counter top to cabinet making each square tile approx. 6″x6″)
It looks best to place your middle “tile” center and stagger the top and bottom tiles.
I chose squares but you could do a subway tile look too.
Use your Spackle knife to scrape in the vertical lines in the size of “tiles” you like.
(when scraping – dig your knife all the way to the wall and wiggle it a bit to make the seams thicker and more noticeable)

My splash was applied pretty thick and rough.
The following photo is a back splash that I did for my friend.

We used plaster here and it dried so quick….
I had to work fast.
This one turned out not quite as thick and high textured as mine. It is really pretty.
Once your texture is all dry in the pattern you want – then paint it.
I used white wall paint all over and then sponged in beige and other neutral colors I had on hand to create a “tile” look – treating each tile individually and leaving the seam lines white.
Caulk the edges and along the counter top.
You can seal it with poly or lacquer once you are done.
NOTE: If you don’t paint the Spackle texture and poly just the Spackle you will end up with a really bright yellow back splash…been there – done that. =/
Don’t stress about imperfections because nobody gets that close to see any little flaws.
 I love this treatment more than I thought I would.  I can hang things from nails easily and when I take them out when I redecorate, I can patch the holes, no problem.
I could even repaint the whole thing if I change my style.
The wall gets wet behind my sink so I have had to caulk that area once or twice again since I applied this treatment over 6 years ago. (not bad actually)

My iron tray for hot pots is hung backwards here for easy access.
My friend hung a little word art on hers.
This project saved me about $600.
(I have never done tile so I was going to hire it out =/ )
Did I say hire it out? Oh, I don’t do that – anymore!
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Home Frosting

I love how your backsplash turned out! I did the same thing to mine a couple of years ago, but painted it a bit darker and added a raised detail to some of the faux tiles. I'd love if you stop by and check it out at http://home-frosting.blogspot.ca/2011/01/kitchen-backsplash-transformation.htmlThank you, Holly, for sharing all your great ideas! Lesa


This is a great idea Holly!! Tiling isn't all that hard though!;) I do love this and am thinking that I could use it in our half bath somehow if we ever get a new sink. Hope all is well!! Still no word on wether we are moving or not. Think we are staying but as soon as we come to terms with that another discussion at work starts. Hugs!


That's just crazy:) What a great idea. Big smile and big hug, thank you:)

Adriane-Pages from Home

What a great idea! I have been reading on Sawdust and Embryos, have you ever checked out their backsplashes? So cool! http://www.sawdustandembryos.com/p/our-business_07.html I want to try it so bad, but I am a little scared!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot

I've seen this done in a restaurant and it looked like haydite blocks…so cool! I never thought of doing it in my own kitchen though. So clever. Great job. Pat

Katie Sue

You are such a smartie! I love it! I am heading over to read about your home tour at Debbiedoo's. Congratulations!

Sweet Melanie

I am so happy that I found you through debbiedoos! I love your home and all the neat things you have created! So very clever! I'm your newest follower and I couldn't be more tickled!

The Bold Abode

Hmm…you could write in it, too.. like wet concrete… or handprints? Footprints? There's a world of possibilities…It's awesome, Holly…seriously!

Pat@Back Porch Musings

I left a comment for you at Debbie's. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour of your home.Enjoyed this post too. Clicked to Follow, so I can keep up with your posts.


This looks so great! I've just seen your home feature at Debbie Doos. Your home is gorgeous.Be a sweetie,shelia 😉


Great idea! Visiting from Feathered Nest FridayGreetings from Australia♥~Pernilla

Wild Oak Designs

Great creation! Very good…..Nancy

Wild Oak Designs

Great creation! Very good…..Nancy

Junky Vagabond

Thank you! This is just what I needed for my backsplash!!! You Rock.


such a clever idea–love your blog:)


Genius Holly…pure genius! I can't believe it's spackle.


What a great idea! I've never seen this done before. I love the pic of your kitchen in this post! Are those new lights over your island? I'm swooning over them!

Amy in Iowa

You continously amaze me with your clever & inexpensive ideas! You are incredibly talented!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

WOW! how awesome and unique is that! it looks real!


That looks fabulous!!Kathy


Thanks for a great post on wall paint. I found this post while surfing the web for Thanks for sharing this article.

Susan @ homeroad.net

Holly that was a great solution and I love the look, it's very rustic but also very clean! Great job !Susan


What an ingenious idea, and it looks great. Great use of the spackle.

amy of the salvage collection

i am totally impressed! you rocked this backsplash!!


That looks GREAT Holly! You are so talented and creative. I love this idea. Enjoy your day, Gail

Tricia Marie

This is genius! I love your idea and am now following you.Tricia @Seeking Eco Chic


As always, loooove you creative ideas. It looks great.


Wow! What a great idea. THanks for sharing!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting

I love it!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home

Now that is neat. I just did our backsplash and used the wallpaper that looks like old tin tile. It turned out great…even if I have to say so myself!!

"Alone again.... naturally!"

I love that idea and may use it in my own kitchen which has no backsplash at the moment. Great ideas!


Nice nice! Cheap and looks great…you are a DIY genius!


The back splash looks amazing! When we finally buy a house(hopefully this Summer or Fall)I will be on your blog all the time to save myself a ton of money with all your great tips. I'll owe it all to you! You should do a book… ~ Jamie