Hand-Painted Tile Backsplash

Looking for the perfect tile pattern? Make your own! Install a kitchen backplash that showcases your own handbrushed designs.

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart


If this is your first kitchen backsplash project, check our guide on Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash: 10 Things You Need to Know.


  • US Ceramic wall tiles, 4¼" by 4¼", $13 for 10 sq. ft.,
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Craft paint and paintbrush (Martha Stewart Crafts multisurface acrylic craft paint, in Beetle Black, $2.50 for 2 oz.; and 5-piece detailing-brush set, $10,
  • Tile-setting mat (Custom Building Products SimpleMat, 10 sq. ft., $22,


  1. Determine how many tiles you need for your backsplash. Wash each tile surface with dishwashing liquid; dry with a towel. Wipe each with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol; let dry.

  2. Brush paint on tiles in desired patterns or lines; let dry 1 hour.

  3. Arrange tiles on a baking sheet and place in a cool oven; set temperature to 350° and bake 30 minutes. Turn heat off and let tiles cool completely in oven. Let rest at least 72 hours.

  4. Follow manufacturer's directions for mat. Adhere tiles tightly, without grout (which can damage painted surface of tiles). Tiles can be cleaned with gentle cleaner; never scratch or rub them.


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