I am going to warn you now that this post has a lot less to do with fabric and sewing and quilting than normal for me. But I can show you a sneak peak of the fabric I am working with to create a super fun picnic quilt:
When my husband and I purchased our home, I was not really in love with the colors in the kitchen. It was a blank slate, but everything was white or some shade of off-white, which kind of drove me crazy. I cannot justify purchasing new appliances because they are still functional and we don’t have the budget for them. Nor can I just replace the countertops.
But I have a large collection of cobalt blue glassware that we have placed on top of the cabinets, blue and clear stained glass that we adhered in the kitchen window, and we hung some fun blue glass pendants above our table.
So I started daydreaming of a tile backsplash for the kitchen to help add some color. But putting up tile feels like a forever commitment. Then I happily found this very informative blog tutorial on painting a tile backsplash. Score! We picked out a color theme and ordered the 1/4″ masking tape a few months ago and this weekend we took the plunge and got started.
It took us about 3 hours to lay out the tape gridwork.
With 2 of us painting, it took about an hour per color for the first two paint colors. By then (5 hours into the project) our backs and arms and shoulders were burning and hurting, so we finished up for the weekend.
On Monday, I spent 4 hours finishing up the last 2 paint colors on my own, and I love how it looks with the tape pulled! But I’ll let you in on our little problem: we have textured walls. So the paint bled through the tap lines a bit, making the final effect a bit too messy.
After some brainstorming, we developed a plan to clean up these fuzzy lines. While it is going to take even more time to finish up, by outlining each “tile” with silver sharpie, I think we are going to be happy with the final result!
I am super excited by the way it transformed our kitchen! 🙂 The best part is that this is a super contemporary look for right now, and if it becomes too dated and styles and preferences change, I can just paint over it! Plus, this looks like a really great modern quilt pattern, too.