Published on January 7th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Back painted glass backsplash

Materials: Effektiv, Inreda

Our kitchen does not have a full splash and no matter how careful I am, I have spilled stuff all over the walls. I used to put a piece of cardboard paper around the stove everytime I cooked to protect the most affected area. We like the look of the trendy back painted glass backsplash but it is too expensive to have it custom made. We noticed that Ikea carries a lot of extra glass shelves for book cases and cabinets. All of these shelves are made of tempered glass; its resistance to high temperature and shock made it ideal for use in the kitchen area. The extra shelf of the Ikea “Effektiv” and “Inreda” series have a height of 14 inches so they fit well in between the granite and the cabinet.They are both priced at a steal of $10 a piece.

I googled the internet trying to find a paint that bonds well with glass. I found an outfit who sells glass primer paint online but you have to get it by a gallon and we only need a couple of ounces. We ended up buying from Michaels the Delta Permaenamel paint and Surface conditioner which is specially formulated for glass. We cleaned the surface really good, applied the Surface conditoner and painted it with two coats of Permaenamel. After the paint cured in ten days, we adhered the glass to the wall using a clear non corrosive silicone.

The “Effektiv” is 31.5” long and our back wall measures 95”. Three “Effektiv” panels turned out to be a perfect fit when we left approximately .16” gap in between the panels. The gap is hardly noticeable as we applied the clear silicone all around the edges to seal it and fill in any gaps. As for the side wall, the “Inreda” is only 22” in length so it comes up a little short. Originally, we were hoping to cut the “Effektiv” for a better fit but unfortunately, tempered glass cannot be cut or altered.

I’ve attached a before and after picture. The green glass backsplash really helps to brighten up our otherwise plain and boring kitchen. Besides being descent looking, it is also super easy to install, clean and maintain.

~ Rebecca

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34 Responses to Back painted glass backsplash

  1. Great job. Would love to know the brand of silicone you used and how. Did you just seal around the edges? Or was it a spray product that coated the back of the glass? More details? I’ve used Silicone caulking before in a bathroom…similar to that?

  2. Christina Dahl says:

    I just want to suggest when looking for back painted glass Kitchen Backsplashes ordering them with the paper backing instead of tempered glass is a cheaper way to buy them if doing it yourself ideas do not work out for you. Back painted glass with paper backing is used for a safety measure so if the glass does end up breaking it will stay together in one piece and companies carry guarantees as well so if they do happen to break for no reason or under the time of the guarantee you can have them replaced and it could save you money in the long run as well. There is also a choice at some glass construction companies of both acrylic paint and latex for glass. You can find glass companies just by checking the listings on the web, and you will be able to find one in your area.

  3. andyscott says:

    This is a really terrific idea – and the price is IKEA right! Two questions:
    1. Was the glass glued to sheetrock, or painted wall?
    2. How is the paint holding up after almost 4 years?

  4. joanna says:

    brilliant! Love this look! Excellent work :-)

  5. rhonda says:

    how did you apply pint: roller or spray?

  6. Rebecca says:

    I just want to report that it has been a couple of years since we installed this in the kitchen. The primer and paint from Michaels as well as the silicone adhesive has been holding up exceedingly well. The backsplash is as new as the day we installed it.

  7. Agnija says:

    Would you please share how you mounted it to the drywall? I would love to try this in my own kitchen!

  8. Jody says:

    It looks great. Awesome Job on the backsplash!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dont be fooled, michaels paint is a joke, it wont work with a darn. You must use a permanent bonding industrial grade glass back paint like Glassprimer™ glass paint. Do a google search. I hate people that have no idea what they are talking about mis informing poor souls.

    Best of luck!

  10. electric heat pump says:

    This is a greatest idea!!!! I see using combination of glass tile and, above mentioned, tempered glass shelfs in order to avoid covering electrical outlets. Large sheets of glass shelfs would cover a large area, very cost effective, it’s only up to your imagination how you would arrange the pattern with tiles, and what colour combination you would choose. I’m thinking about covering my bathroom walls just like that.

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is great—-I’m so glad I stumbled across this post! I was minutes away from spending hundreds on 10 times the paint I needed..now I’ll just get the right amount at Michael’s. Question though—-is there a required cure of 10 days for the paint?

  12. Anonymous says:

    I’m so glad I stumble across this post. The original idea is FAB and all the additional information posted is so helpful. Thanks all.

  13. Anonymous says:

    About the outlets the answer it to use a strip of angled plugmold. See picture here: http://www.ikeafans.com/galleries/images/2666/1_187735427_6c2777879d.jpg

    I have non angled plug mold in my kitchen. I have to admit that when I moved in, I thought it was really weird that the kitchen had no visible outlets. It took one of my kids pointing to the plug mold to see them under the cabinets. Now I LOVE it! There is plug mold for the entire length of my cabinets and so I have an outlet anywhere on the counter. We’ve opened up part of the back side of the kitchen wall so we can see that the previous owners ran the electric from the outlets to the plug mold in conduit inside the wall. The look of the wall is much cleaner and makes for a more useful kitchen electrical set up than out lets on the wall. If i ever move I’ll do this in the next house too.

  14. Richard says:

    I own a glass shop in las vegas, nv. tempered glass is unalterable. however i am able to cut any size piece of glass with cutouts for any situation and paint it to any paint it any color.
    that is a fantastic idea for someone doing it on their own. looks good. covering outlets is not a good idea though.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I do believe covering the outlets wasn’t the smartest of ideas, as mentioned it’s against code. Not to mention if you sell the house people may not be happy with electrical not being accessible on the counters. To combat this you should have had someone move the plugs above the glass area. To move the outlets up would have been a pain, but still up to code and had access to them. You would have had to have torn up some drywall but still worth it, don’t you think? This would have solved the not being able to cut the tempered glass problem, and the code problem and the problem of not having outlets!

    (to the person who said have the glass cut custom for the kitchen, the point was that the shelves are tempered, which means they withstand heat…so having “regular” glass cut may have worked, but the safer bet is to go with tempered. Tempered glass allows it to expand and contract with the heat (from the stove) without it busting. Your standard glass cookwear is tempered. :)

    This would be a great look in a smaller bathroom, in lieu of tile around the walls! They also have some glass panels with floral patterns which would also go really great in a bathroom.

  16. Katherine says:

    I saw that they have MALM glass tops in 3 sizes too. I’ll have to figure out which one will work because I HAVE to do this – you’re genius!

  17. Phil says:

    Great idea! I had exactly the same idea about a year ago but couldn’t work out a way to deal with the outlets other than to move them. Cutting it the edges and height to size was also going to be a problem.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! This idea is brilliant! :D

  19. Anonymous says:

    We’ve done something similar but with “glass tiles” : http://www.sggfeeling.com/index.php?id=25&L=3
    We choosed the “Metallic Carrés” model, a bit expensive, but it looks very nice.
    Also for the electric outlet we used a special “angle designed” outlet so we won’t have to cut glasses :

  20. Anonymous says:

    Love your thinking outside the box! Genius idea! You could start your own company and do custom stuff like this for other people’s kitchens…and you can start with mine which needs something like this!!!

  21. Natalia says:

    This is a greatest idea!!!! I see using combination of glass tile and, above mentioned, tempered glass shelfs in order to avoid covering electrical outlets. Large sheets of glass shelfs would cover a large area, very cost effective, it’s only up to your imagination how you would arrange the pattern with tiles, and what colour combination you would choose. I’m thinking about covering my bathroom walls just like that.

  22. LindaSonia says:

    Duh… I think I answered my own question. Obviously the green is not the original color of the glass, right?

  23. LindaSonia says:

    Just wondering why you had to paint the back of the glass at all??? Like the look at lot!

  24. Anonymous says:

    what about the outlet? it’s not cool to cover all outlets if i need this trick across the whole kitchen?! any recommendations?

  25. Laura says:

    That is awesome! I may commandeer this idea for my own backsplash. How cool.

  26. Anonymous says:

    would have been about the same price, or cheaper, to get a piece custom cut from a glass shop. covering electrical outlets is against code.
    probably could have just used standard spray paint and some kind of construction adhesive. be sure to caulk all the joints.

    looks good. i have backpainted glass with std spray paint before – though that was for picture frames.

  27. speedwell says:

    It looks like they did cover the electrical outlets. It would have been difficult to talk a glass shop into cutting a hole in the middle of a tempered glass panel, and not much easier to convince them to cut one down the width at that point and then cut the holes out of both sides. Tempered glass is not easy to work with, and it’s expensive to have altered.

    The only other potential problem I see is what might happen if the coating reacts with the adhesive.

    If I were doing this I believe I’d just go with tilework.

    • Anonymous says:

      You CANNOT cut tempered glass, so don’t even bother trying. If someone came in to my glass shop I would refuse it. Tempered glass – commonly known as safety glass – will shatter the minute you pull a glass cutter across it.

  28. uwyoalum says:

    It looks really good, but did you cover up the electrical outlets on that wall?

  29. Anonymous says:

    Looks beautiful!
    This is one hack I’ll be sure to write down.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Great Idea!

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