First project post!

Alright, having tried a couple attempts at a blog, I’m giving it one more go – hopefully it’s true what they say about third times. This won’t be a wordy blog; I’m far more of a reader than a writer, and I just really like making stuff.

Since I’m just working on finishing up a big home reno, I thought I’d share one of my favourite parts of it. DIY backsplash!

Note: this is not a tutorial, this is just how I did it after reading other people’s tutorials.

This project started with stamped steel sheets, bought online from Home Depot:

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Cut with tin snips and test-fitted into place:

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My inner magpie wanted to leave it like that – so shiny! But in reality it was just too much, and needed to be toned down. The manufacturer specified that it needed a coat of something, anyway, to protect the steel. So it got a very light coat of black spray paint, sprayed from a height so that it’s really more of a dusting and the silver still shows through. I wanted it to be a bit mottled – it ended up being a little bit more so than intended, but the next step helped to even the look out.

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Next, a good sanding over the whole thing rubbed off the paint on the raised bits and brought out the bright silver underneath. Then it got two coats of clear topcoat, to help protect from rust and kitchen mess, and finally all the pieces were glued to the wall with construction adhesive and clear silicone was applied around the edges.

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And finished!

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Things I learned from this –

Don’t ever try to put up a backsplash inside an appliance garage. Bad idea. Finish and paint your wall before the cabinets even go in and then leave it as is. My wall was still rough and damaged plaster, so I had to either cover it or fix it, and fixing it would have been just as much of a problem from inside the garage as covering it was. Just … don’t. Don’t try to do anything inside an appliance garage.

When the instructions that come with the steel sheets say “Sharp! Wear gloves while handling!” LISTEN TO THEM. Every time. The one time you think, nah, it’s fine, you will get cut. That’s how it works.

Four hands are better than two. Most of this can be done by yourself, but when you get to the last stage and are trying to deal with big sheets of metal with glue all over the back, save yourself some frustration and get an assistant.

I ended up with a few spare sheets … and an idea for the next project.