how to paint a botanical backsplash
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:
- Primer (I used Slick Stick since I went over tile and mirror)
- White latex paint
- Wildflower stencil
- Stencil brushes
- Painter’s Tape
- Craft paint in colors of your choice for the stencil (I used Martha Stewart satin craft paints from Michaels- Blue Sky, Yellowjacket, Spring Pasture, Hydrangea Purple, and Poodle Skirt)
step one- prime
Start by priming your backsplash and/or mirror. I used Slick Stick since I’ve had great experience with it being an amazing primer for painting over smooth finishes. I painted on the first coat of Slick Stick and let it dry for 2 hours. I put a second coat on and then let that dry over night.
step two- paint the base color
Paint the first coat of latex paint on the backsplash. You could use chalk paint here if you prefer. All my walls, floors, and floors and painted with the same color of White latex paint so I used it again for the backsplash. I did two coats of the white base color.
step three- stencil on the pattern
The stencil I choose for this project is pretty cool- it comes as a big pattern so there’s a lot of variation. I think the Wildflower stencil would be SO cute on a full wall! Anyway, I stuck it to the backsplash with painters tape. I painted each flower a different color and love how that turned out! For the flowers and leaves I used craft paint. I dabbed the stencil brush in the paint and then offloaded it onto a paper towel to avoid bleeds.
After I had painted the stencil once, I moved it over. One leaf repeats so you line that up to get the stencil in the right place. The second stencil was a little trickier for me to paint since it was in the corner. I just used my free hand to push it in the corners while I painted with my other hand. The stencil is so big, I only needed to do two repeats.
step four- clean up
When I pulled the second stencil off, there were a few smudges and bleeds. The beauty of paint mistakes is that you can just paint over them, I used a small stencil brush to clean everything up.
Once it was all cleaned up and my concrete countertops were complete, I was in love with how it turned out!
Can you even believe this was the same space one week ago?!
Paint makes such a difference! Especially paint that looks like flowers 😉
That is the last project for my little hallway! It was so fun transforming this little space! I tried to pack a bunch of DIYS in this space- the calendar holder, stripes, stenciled floor, painted cabinets, oversized letter board, concrete countertops, and now this botanical backdrop!
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