how to paint kitchen backsplash

When we bought our home back in July, we fell in love with pretty much all of the house except for the kitchen backsplash. As soon as we walked into the kitchen, the dark patterned tile glared at us as if to say “Change me!”. It’s not that I don’t like patterned tile/backsplash, but with our particular granite style it just felt really busy in the space. It also made the kitchen appear much darker/smaller than it would with a lighter tile. Our home was in the very final stages of construction and the builder wouldn’t change the backsplash at that point. We decided to take matters into our own hands and two months after moving in, finally tackled the project. We considered all options, with the first of course being to simply replace the tile. But this proved to be pretty pricey, since they’d have to not only replace the tile but also the drywall behind it.

We went to Sherwin Williams (this post is not sponsored by the way!) where we were given some direction as far as what primer and paint to use and how to go about the process. I’ll share all of it below! Here is our before and after:

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Zach was a big help with this project- thank you, Z! He started by taping everything off, removing light switch plates, and doing some heavy-duty sanding. Since our tile is glass and was very slick/shiny, we needed to do a lot of sanding. The electric sander ending up crashing on us so Zach sanded most of it by hand.

Once it was ready to be primed, we did 3 separate coats of Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer in White, letting each coat completely dry for 3-4 hours before applying the next layer. With that dark tile, it took 3 solid coats to conceal it. If you had lighter tile, it would probably only take 2 coats. We did paint over the grout, which was a medium grey color, so we used 2 separate brushes to paint. A medium-sized roll brush to apply paint evenly/smoothly and a sponge brush to get in the grout and along the top/bottom of area. We bought a gallon of primer but didn’t end up using even half- a little goes a long way with this stuff. We also waited to buy all of our paint and materials until Sherwin Williams was having a 40% off everything sale, which brought the cost of the entire project down to under $100.

We did all the priming on a Sunday and let the final coat dry completely overnight, waiting until Monday evening to finish the job. You wouldn’t have to wait this long, but this is how our schedule worked out and we were able to finish the job pretty easily on Monday. We used Sherwin Williams Emerald paint in “Rhinestone” as the final color, and are really happy with how it came out! It’s a very light, cool grey, that blends well with our granite and flows with the rest of the kitchen. We debated going with the same white as our cabinets but wanted a slight contrast. Two coats of paint later and we were finished! The Emerald paint adhered very well to the primer; we were impressed with just how easy this part of the job was.

It isn’t perfect, and if you look closely you’ll notice the edge of the grout where the tile meets the granite needs to be touched up. We just bought little paint brushes for this last night and will get it done soon, but for now we are loving our new backsplash!

If you’re wanting to given your kitchen a fresh new look and are tired of your backsplash, definitely considering giving it a paint job! Our kitchen feels much brighter, cleaner, and less “busy”- which we love since this is the heart of our home. Not that I cook all that much, but we do make lots of trips to the refrigerator regardless. :)

Hope you all have a great weekend!
xo, Britt

a birch themed baby shower

I'm not even sure how to begin this post because I am still absolutely blown away by the baby shower my friends gave us last Sunday- it was so incredibly beautiful, special, and all such a labor of love. As soon as I told my best friend, Elissa, months ago that we were expecting, she informed me that she would be planning a baby shower. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be anything like this but I should have known considering E's creative eye and the fact that she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. Her wedding 3 years ago was something out of a magazine; Elissa and her Mom, Jody, both need to be in the party planning/wedding business. They are so talented! See some from E & Jose's wedding here

My friend Shelbi and her Mom sweetly offered to host the baby shower in their home (which is absolutely stunning as you'll see below), and they all made magic happen. I just got to show up and get pampered and spoiled, but I know that countless hours went into making all the details and decor you'll see below. Elissa's husband, Jose, even crafted much of the decor, like the place card holders and guest book. In the weeks leading up to the shower, if I'd call E, she'd answer the phone with "Baby Shower Central!" as she did so much crafting, creating, and planning for this event. Even the plates we ate off of at the shower were made out of birch wood! I'm talking every last detail=perfection. I can't thank Elissa, Jose, Jody, Shelbi, her mom, Kelli, and her sister, Lindsey, enough for making this day one I will always cherish. And of course all of my amazing friends who spent their Sunday showering us with love. I cannot get over how kind and thoughtful you all are- Baby Boy is very lucky to have so many wonderful aunties!

I'll stop rambling and let the pictures do the talking because there are a lot- I just couldn't narrow them down. So many picture perfect details and Yash did a great job of capturing the day! (and yes, all of the floral arrangements are real. I couldn't get over them- they're so pretty that I had to touch each one just to see if it was real!)

Details:
my dress | shoes

Hair & make-up:
Etoilly Artistry

Photos by Ban Avenue Photography

All Florals/Event Planning: Jackie from Lary's Florist & Designs in Friendswood

Big Centerpiece: Made by Lary's. They placed birch logs in a clear vase and put an arragement on top. They gave it some height by putting the vase on top of a wooden stump found at HomeGoods and decorated with animals and moss at the base.

Cake: Cheryl from Cake Conspiracy in The Woodlands (it was a chocolate cake with almond buttercream & raspberry preserve filling)

Birchwood Backdrop: Elissa ordered the frame from Annie's Creek on Etsy, and ordered birch slices from eBay for the banner. She hand painted the letters herself using graphite paper transfer and decorated the backdrop with faux greenery and sheer fabric. *If you order from Annie's Creek on Etsy, she recommends ordering solid logs but NOT assembled. The joined ends were botched and she had to cover them up with greenery. Just a side note!

Invitations/Signs/Paper goods: AlwaysBBrave on Etsy

Other decor: Elissa ordered the bottle brush/sisal animals from Amazon. Her husband made the twine holder, guestbook frame, and headband holder. Everything else ordered from Etsy. 

Food: Zoe's Kitchen : Always our go-to for events, Zoe’s kitchen is a crowd favorite every time. Several guests at the shower had dietary restrictions/were vegan, and Zoe’s Kitchen accommodates everyone’s needs. Delicious and healthy…my personal favorite are the chicken kabobs!

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I just want to say a huge thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who made this day one I will never forget. Driving home that evening, I felt so much love and just kept thinking, "This little boy is coming into a world where there really are a lot of really good people". And 'really good' doesn't even begin to sum them up. Zach, Bear, Baby, and I are grateful beyond words and love you all very much!
xo, Britt