DIY Tutorial: Chalkboard Paint Backsplash + $250 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway!

DIY Tutorial: Chalkboard Paint Backsplash + $250 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I am so super excited to share my kitchen backsplash makeover with you today, PLUS you could win a $250 gift card from the Home Depot! (NOTE: THIS GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED)

When I was contacted about participating in the #BountyChallenge, I readily agreed.  Truth be told, I often say no to these types of things – they can seem disingenuous to me.  But I felt great about this one!  Why?  Well, take a look at my little storage closet.  #keepinitreal

Yup, I use the heck out of these babies.  (as greenly as possible, of course)  I have bought other paper towels in the past in a pinch, but Bounty is really my fave.

Let’s get to the tutorial, shall we?

When we moved into our home, the kitchen had been recently renovated.  There are some things I love about it, and there are some things I would do differently.  The backsplash is one of them.  It is some sort of stone, and yes, it is fine, but I prefer something a little cleaner.

Since it is not in the budget to redo the backsplash (hello addition), I decided to paint it.  I had some leftover primer from a previous project so I whipped it out and started priming the backsplash.  (mine was tinted yellow for my former project, but I knew it didn’t really matter since the backsplash would be black)  This primer from Zinsser’s is great, and you can tint it, too.

It took me less than a quart to prime everything, and before I knew it, I was done.

The primer had dried by the time I finished priming everything so I was ready to start painting right away.  I pondered doing gray, but I eventually decided on the black chalkboard paint.  (did you know you can get it tinted in 12 different colors?!)

The black instantly made the kitchen feel more bright and fresh – it even surprised me a little!

I don’t usually use painters tape when I paint.  My hand is pretty steady, and any drips or mistakes that occur are easily wiped away with a wet paper towel.  (when I paint anything – walls, furniture, etc., I always have a slightly dampened paper towel next to me).  One thing I love about Bounty is they don’t tear or shed when they are wet – major bonus for wiping away those smudges!

Of course, then it was time to fill in the old grout lines with my chalk pen.  I bought three of the pens, used two of them fully, and most of the third.

I like the “imperfection” of the look, and though I took a few breaks before getting all of the grout lines filled, I finally finished.  The chalk pen wears really well (much better than regular chalk obviously), but I wanted to ensure it would last through times I need to wipe the backsplash clean.  Therefore, I taped off the countertop and upper cabinets using plastic dropcloths and sealed everything using a stone and grout sealant.

By the way, did you notice the little recessed shelf above the stove?  Here’s another before picture for ya.

I wasn’t really sure what to do with this since it is not really all that useful.  But after feeling inspired by this beautiful invitation (I seriously want to have a dinner party just so I can use this), I had an idea.  Cutting a piece of thin plywood I had in the garage to size, I painted it with the chalkboard paint, and let it dry.  To make it look more “chalkboard-y” (new word), I covered the entire piece of painted plywood with chalk and then wiped it away.  This helps the board look more authentic.

Then I pulled out some of my vintage serving ware and started tracing/free-handing their silhouettes using real chalk.

I used my chalk pen to make the designs more bold and fill in some details.

Once again, velcro was my friend, and I utilized it to attach the board to my backsplash.  The fun part was stepping back and admiring my work.

Don’t worry about chalk dust marks if you are doing a permanent design of some sort on a chalkboard painted surface.  They add to the character of your creation!

Here’s the space in its entirety.  Revamped and revitalized.

Meet my new monkey friend in the kitchen.  I found him at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago, and had fun finding the perfect succulent for his little basket at Home Depot.

If you follow me on Instagram (please do!  @astoriedstyle),  you know I have been loving our peach harvest this year!  Our tiny orchard has produced some beauties!

I’m so happy with my backsplash project, and I want you to be able to accomplish some of your home checklist, too!  You can be eligible to win a $250 gift card to Home Depot plus two rolls of Bounty paper towels by doing one or both of the following:

  1. Leave a comment.
  2. Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter or any other form of social media you prefer complete with a link to this post.  (Bonus points if you use the hashtag #bountychallenge)  After you have done this, come back here and leave a comment telling me where you shared this giveaway.

Two entries per reader are permitted.  Sorry, US residents only!  Winner will be contacted by email once entries close (midnight CST, June 30th), and announced on Monday’s post.  I will select the winner via

Hope you enjoyed my backsplash makeover!  Come back Monday for more details on my kitchen transformation!

If you would like more information on how Bounty can help you clean up your messes, watch the short video below.

The moral of this style story?  Never underestimate the power of paint when it comes to tile you do not like or want to change!  Happy Weekend!

Don’t forget to enter to win the $250 Home Depot gift card by leaving a comment below!  You can also enter a second time by sharing this diy/giveaway via social media and leaving a comment telling me where you shared! 

This post is sponsored by a partnership between Home Depot and Procter & Gamble.  All opinions, thoughts, and messes are completely my own.  

Written by Grace

  • Mary Withrow
    Posted at 19:06h, 30 June

    Looks simply wonderful. They do sell a grout just for foe projects like this. It applies the same as grout. I always love diy projects!

    • Grace
      Posted at 19:17h, 30 June

      Mary, good to know! Thank you!

  • Mary Withrow
    Posted at 19:08h, 30 June

    I tweeted and used the Bounty hashtag!

  • ellen casper
    Posted at 20:07h, 30 June

    Would love to win this – getting ready to gut our bathroom!

    • Grace
      Posted at 22:44h, 30 June

      Good luck, Ellen!

  • ellen casper
    Posted at 20:07h, 30 June
  • Sara
    Posted at 20:58h, 30 June

    Innovative idea. Looks great. I’d love to redo my backsplash.

    • Grace
      Posted at 22:45h, 30 June

      Thank you, Sara!

  • Susan Christy
    Posted at 21:00h, 30 June

    I recently bought a little house and have a TON of projects!

    • Grace
      Posted at 22:45h, 30 June

      Susan, I know the feeling! Pace yourself. 😉

  • Susan Christy
    Posted at 21:02h, 30 June
  • Kate
    Posted at 21:27h, 30 June

    We are in the middle of a major renovation of our house and have lots and lots of drywall dust to clean up!

    • Grace
      Posted at 22:45h, 30 June

      Kate, so fun! Good luck!

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 22:58h, 30 June

    I never would have thought to paint a backsplash — or to paint it black! But it looks great! I’m always trying to lighten up my kitchen, instead. And it has white tile counters (not my favorite), so I go through quite a lot of Bounty already keeping it looking clean.

    • Grace
      Posted at 23:13h, 30 June

      Oh my goodness, girl. I feel your pain! We had tile counters in our first house, and they were so so hard to keep clean! Grout lines? OY! 🙂

  • kelly tillotson
    Posted at 22:58h, 30 June

    what a fun kitchen!
    thanks for the chance

    • Grace
      Posted at 23:14h, 30 June

      You are so welcome, Kelly! Good luck and thanks for reading.

  • Prickly Pinecone
    Posted at 23:01h, 30 June

    Love your new backsplash! You have given me the push to try to tackle our own kitchen, so thank you!

    • Grace
      Posted at 23:14h, 30 June

      Hi Prickly Pinecone ;), thank you!

  • Mrs. LIAYF
    Posted at 23:51h, 30 June

    Wow! I would never have thought of chalkboard paint for a stone backsplash. It looks really crisp and fun!

    I LOVE Home Depot. When my husband and I bought our first house – a real fixer-upper – we were such regulars at our local Home Depot that the check-out ladies knew us by name. I was always amazed at how helpful everyone was to use – new DIY’ers with nary a clue about power tools.

    • Grace
      Posted at 06:51h, 01 July

      Thank you so much, Mrs. Liayf! I know what you mean about Home Depot – they know my name AND my kids names. 😉

  • Ashley Tucker
    Posted at 07:24h, 01 July

    I have lots of DIY projects to do! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Grace
      Posted at 09:43h, 01 July

      Good luck, Ashley!

  • Jonathan Baker
    Posted at 09:47h, 01 July

    Really cool project, love how it looks as a backsplash.

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:06h, 01 July

      Thank you, Jonathan!

  • Jonathan Baker
    Posted at 09:48h, 01 July

    Tweeted here:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • rachel
    Posted at 09:49h, 01 July

    Wow, what a difference! I’d use Bounty outside when we restain the deck.

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:07h, 01 July

      Thanks Rachel!

  • Alaine
    Posted at 13:34h, 01 July

    your kitchen looks great!!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 20:30h, 01 July

      Alaine, thank you so much! It is coming along!

  • Ashley C
    Posted at 14:39h, 01 July

    Very cool idea and so unique!


    • Grace
      Posted at 20:29h, 01 July

      Thank you, Ashley!

  • Jess
    Posted at 15:42h, 01 July

    So fun!

    • Grace
      Posted at 20:29h, 01 July

      Thanks Jess!

  • Jess
    Posted at 15:43h, 01 July
  • Alicia
    Posted at 19:03h, 01 July

    What a wonderful idea! 😀

    • Grace
      Posted at 20:29h, 01 July

      Thank you, Alicia!

  • Tammy S
    Posted at 20:03h, 01 July

    Your kitchen looks amazing! I didn’t know you could pain over tile. I love the chalkboard paint idea.

    • Grace
      Posted at 20:28h, 01 July

      Thank you, Tammy! It is pretty cool! A big change for a small amount of $$$ – my favorite type of project! 🙂

  • Tammy S
    Posted at 20:06h, 01 July
  • steph
    Posted at 23:03h, 01 July

    love the chalk backsplash!!

  • Brei H.
    Posted at 01:03h, 02 July

    Can I just say how much I LOVE your kitchen! So jealous 🙂 Beautiful, great job! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Brei H.
    Posted at 01:04h, 02 July

    Shared the giveaway post on Twitter!

  • Grace
    Posted at 11:32h, 03 July

    Messiest cleaning job is when your cleaning the inside of the
    refrigerator that has turned into a science project!
    I need the Home Depot GIFT CARD to by more
    Bounty Paper Towels!!!!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 22:32h, 03 July

      I hear ya!

  • Erica Best
    Posted at 20:46h, 03 July

    very cool ideal for the kicthen

    • Grace
      Posted at 22:32h, 03 July

      Thanks Erica!

  • Erica Best
    Posted at 20:48h, 03 July
  • Rust
    Posted at 12:52h, 04 July

    Your finished look is beautiful!

    • Grace
      Posted at 23:32h, 04 July

      Thank you, Rust!

  • Joey Carnes
    Posted at 17:46h, 12 July

    Beautiful kitchen!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 02:56h, 17 July

      Thanks Joey!

  • Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life
    Posted at 08:36h, 25 July

    This looks fantastic!! I love it!

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:46h, 25 July

      Thanks Dacia!

  • ange
    Posted at 14:09h, 19 February

    We have kitchen cousins! I also have gray bottoms, white uppers, brass hardware and a chalkboard backsplash! Your counter tops and cabinet doors are much more beautiful than mine but I am hoping to get new counter tops soon. What a beautiful kitchen, found you through pinterest, off to check out the rest of your home!