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

212 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Chalkboard Paint Backsplash + $250 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway!”

  1. Mary Withrow June 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    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 June 30, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

      Mary, good to know! Thank you!

  2. Mary Withrow June 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    I tweeted and used the Bounty hashtag!

  3. ellen casper June 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

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

    • Grace June 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

      Good luck, Ellen!

  4. ellen casper June 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    Tweeted –

  5. Sara June 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

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

    • Grace June 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

      Thank you, Sara!

  6. Susan Christy June 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

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

    • Grace June 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

      Susan, I know the feeling! Pace yourself. 😉

  7. Susan Christy June 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Tweeted –

  8. Kate June 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

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

    • Grace June 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

      Kate, so fun! Good luck!

  9. Elizabeth June 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    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 June 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

      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! 🙂

  10. kelly tillotson June 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    what a fun kitchen!
    thanks for the chance

    • Grace June 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

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

  11. Prickly Pinecone June 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

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

    • Grace June 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

      Hi Prickly Pinecone ;), thank you!

  12. Mrs. LIAYF June 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    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 July 1, 2013 at 6:51 am #

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

  13. Ashley Tucker July 1, 2013 at 7:24 am #

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

    • Grace July 1, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Good luck, Ashley!

  14. Jonathan Baker July 1, 2013 at 9:47 am #

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

    • Grace July 1, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      Thank you, Jonathan!

  15. Jonathan Baker July 1, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Tweeted here:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  16. rachel July 1, 2013 at 9:49 am #

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

    • Grace July 1, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks Rachel!

  17. Alaine July 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    your kitchen looks great!!!

    • Grace July 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

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

  18. Ashley C July 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Very cool idea and so unique!


    • Grace July 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      Thank you, Ashley!

  19. Jess July 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    So fun!

    • Grace July 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      Thanks Jess!

  20. Jess July 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Shared on facebook…

  21. Alicia July 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    What a wonderful idea! 😀

    • Grace July 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      Thank you, Alicia!

  22. Tammy S July 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

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

    • Grace July 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

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

  23. Tammy S July 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Tweet with bonus hashtag

  24. steph July 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    love the chalk backsplash!!

  25. Brei H. July 2, 2013 at 1:03 am #

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

  26. Brei H. July 2, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Shared the giveaway post on Twitter!

  27. Grace July 3, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    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 July 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

      I hear ya!

  28. Erica Best July 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    very cool ideal for the kicthen

    • Grace July 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

      Thanks Erica!

  29. Erica Best July 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    i tweeted

  30. Rust July 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Your finished look is beautiful!

    • Grace July 4, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

      Thank you, Rust!

  31. Joey Carnes July 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Beautiful kitchen!!

    • Grace July 17, 2013 at 2:56 am #

      Thanks Joey!

  32. Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life July 25, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    This looks fantastic!! I love it!

    • Grace July 25, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      Thanks Dacia!

  33. ange February 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    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!