When I remodeled my kitchen, I ripped out the tile backsplash. Looked awful when I was done! Being tight on $$, I used sheetrock compound, slathered it over the area, then "rough textured it", using paint brush, a rag, a sponge. When dry, I painted it. I chose a medium-dark gray, then used black and white in various tones and just smudged it on here and there - the effect I was trying to get was a faux "granite" look! It ended up looking quite nice and was inexpensive! People would comment it looked like stone until I told them what I did and they looked really close. I updated a bathroom and ripped out the tile wainscot and ended up "rough texturing" the entire room! This time I merely painted it with a turquoise enamel. It was gorgeous. The "rough texture" hid all the imperfections and since it was rough textured, I didn't have to worry about smoothing anything out!
at 9:39 AM on Oct. 12, 2008