Author: Mallory Nikolaus and Savannah Kokaliares,Budget: $,D.I.Y. Project,Home Decor,Kitchen,One Day Project,Renter Friendly,Statement Walls,

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial! Subway tile is one of the most classic, beautiful tiles out there. We love how there are a ton of amazing options to choose from. You can choose from a variety of tile and grout colors and the possibilities for patterns are endless! I'm a renter and unfortunately, I'm not able to add a tile backsplash at our current rental home. However, I have been given the "go-ahead" to paint, so I've really had to get creative with paint to update the home and incorporate my own style into this otherwise cookie cutter home. I decided that painting a faux backsplash was the best way to get this look in a rental and on a budget. This entire project costs less than ten dollars and looks like a million bucks!

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!         Supplies:
-carpenter's square
-pencil with eraser
-ruler (clear works best!)
-(2-3) black paint pens
-subway tile or 3x6" cardboard template
-touch-up paint

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!   Step One: Start at the top corner of the wall and place your carpenter's square in a "V" position. This will allow you to create the perfect angle for your herringbone pattern. Using a piece of subway tile or cardboard template, begin tracing the outside of the template with a pencil to create the rectangle shape. Repeat, moving down vertically until you reach the bottom of your wall.

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!    Step Two: Start your next column of rectangles, this time going the other direction to create the "V" shape.

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!     Step Three: Alternate directions with each column creating the herringbone pattern. Erase mistakes as you go. The pattern can get a bit confusing, so just make sure you work in columns and alternate directions as you go. This will keep the pattern going the right way.

 DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!      Step Four: Once you have your entire wall covered in the penciled pattern, begin going over the lines with your paint pen. Use a ruler as you go to ensure straight lines, especially on textured walls. Keep touch-up paint handy for mistakes or drips. Repeat until your whole wall is complete.

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!       DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!        I'm super excited with how it turned out and we were able to complete this project in one afternoon. I love how the black paint looks like dark grout and taking the pattern all the way to the ceiling adds to the drama of it all.

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!  DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash - Click for tutorial!It would be really cool in a gold metallic too! It would be awesome behind a headboard, down a hallway or wherever! This was the last of many projects in my kitchen makeover, and I'm beyond excited that my kitchen is finally done! What do you think?  -Mallory & Savannah
 
Credits // Author and Photography: Mallory Nikolaus and Savannah Kokaliares. Photos edited with Celeste from The Fresh Collection.

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