Sharpie Backsplash

Sharpie backsplash

We finally got our last appliance replaced!  It all started with replacing our old yellowing refrigerator about 3 years ago with a sparkling new stainless steel refrigerator.  After that, we decided to move our microwave off the counter to free up more counter space and we bought a stainless steel, over-the-stove microwave.  Then we replaced our white dishwasher with a stainless steel version.  When we revamped our kitchen island, we added a stainless steel wine fridge.  And finally, last month we replaced our very old stove/range that did not have a functioning largest burner for the past few months.  Throughout this process, I painted the cabinets white and planned to get a new countertop and install a backsplash.  Unfortunately, the counter top and backsplash improvements keep getting put off for other, more necessary updates to our home.  And it looks like they will continue to get put off until our deck is replaced.  So I have to live with our current countertop and lack of backsplash for a bit longer.  Our new stove/range does not have a back panel so there was an issue with the backsplash that I had to find a quick, cheap fix for.  My solution?  A sharpie backsplash.

Let me show you the problem (with some terrible and dark iPhone pics)…

Old stove/range:

Right after the new stove/range was installed:

That “backsplash” was not going to cut it for me for the next 6+ months until we can install a proper one.  My first idea was to get some peel and stick wall paper that I can wipe off when it got dirty.  That turned into a huge fail when it would not stick to the textured wall.  So back to the drawing board I went.  I had some white paint on hand so I painted the backsplash area white.  Then I remembered all the bloggers that used Sharpies to draw designs on their walls to look like wallpaper and I thought I would give that a try.  I had a few silver paint Sharpies on hand so I got my level out and started drawing horizontal lines.  Initially, I was going to draw a subway tile backsplash.  However, once I had the horizontal lines up, I kind of liked the look.  I thought it looked a little like skinny lap so I opted to leave it as is.  Plus, my Sharpies were running dry and I didn’t know if I would have enough for all the vertical lines I was going to need to draw.  But really, I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to draw anymore lines;).  Once I had my design set, I painted over the top with Minwax clear Polycrylic so I can easily wipe off any food splatters.

And here is my Sharpie backsplash:

Sharpie backsplash

I chose to use the grey paint Sharpie over the standard black Sharpies that I had on hand because I thought the black would be too much contrast.  The ultimate goal is a white subway tile backsplash with dark grey grout so I wanted to see it I would like that look next to my cabinets.

Sharpie backsplash

And I do!

Honestly, I have gone back and forth about what countertop material to use.  Currently, I am leaning toward quartz countertops that will mimic marble.  But I have considered soapstone, butcher block, Corian and concrete.

Oh, and I have a stainless undermount sink that has been sitting in my basement that I bought off of Craigslist 4-5 years ago just waiting to be installed.

Sharpie backsplash

Baby steps.  All in good time.

Sharpie backsplash

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  1. can you post a pic of how you drew the lines with the sharpie? Did you do it freehand? I have white painted backsplash and i would love to try this technique.

    1. I have a long level that I used. I just held it up on the wall and drew a line across it. It really is as simple as that. No measuring needed as I just made my lines as wide as the level was.

  2. I loved your di! What a fabulous and inexpensive idea that was. Now if you want to paint again will you be able to cover over the sharpie with paint?

    1. I think if I wanted to use paint on the backsplash, I would need to use a primer first to help cover the lines. However, I am *hoping* to tile it in the next few months!