It’s the most frustrating when you spend hours and weeks working on a project and assessing all your hard work you realize there is no wow, awesome, love it, feeling. That’s what I was feeling as I was at the frantic end of my $100 Master Bathroom Makeover project. I had absolutely no idea what I would do to pull the entire bathroom together. I’d painted the TP cabinet white but it looked, well, meh. What to do, what to do? Then it hit me as I walked through the garage to the front yard. I would install a glass backsplash in that TP cabinet. It’s not technically a backsplash since it’s not behind a water source but for lack of a better word that’s what I’m calling it 🙂
I sometimes do my best work with a looming deadline and thankfully this was one of those times. When a great idea strikes you just have to run with it.
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Glass Backslash Supply List
- Small and Large Clear Glass Wafers
- Low-Temp Glue Gun
- Low temp glue sticks
- 1 can Rustoleum Cobalt Blue Metallic Spray Paint
- Cold Water to dip your fingers
Have I mentioned that I am a saver of things? I’m not really a horder because horders save useless stuff like old newspapers, pieces of string (um, well ribbon and such doesn’t count as a horde), used matches, you get the picture. And I only save stuff I know I can/will use again. Haha, truth, even if my hubby would disagree.
As is the case with my stash of glass beads that you can get at the Dollar Store for, you guessed it, $1 a bag. I’d used them for a few parties, and for other craft projects so what was left I kept in a bag in the garage. Thankfully I had them on hand so they didn’t go against my $100 makeover budget allotment. Strict rules you know and I’m not a rule breaker 🙂
I dug out a bunch in different sizes and did a dry fit on the back of the open shelf to see if my plan would work. This also helped me figure out how many I’d need. It turned out to be 88 big and 88 small beads. Thankfully I had that and some extras left over just in case.
I knew I needed to glam them up from plain so they would really pop. And I knew exactly what I was going to use and how I was going to do it. Since I already had my spray shelter in the front yard I just took my beads and a can of blue metallic spray paint and got to work painting the backs of the beads.
I put on a few coats because I wanted the look to be rich and make sure it showed through the thick glass bead. After they were dry I had to clean up the edges a little bit from the over spray that drifted between the beads.
Installing your Glass Backsplash
They are looking awesome already and I haven’t even started applying them.
I practiced with a few extras on a paper plate so I was sure they wouldn’t pop off the cabinet wall. That would be a huge bummer. So you can see I got out my glue gun and got to work.
Word of Caution: for the last few projects I’ve used a high temp glue gun because the gun is bigger. I’ll spare you the pictures of my very deep blisters. A few times the beads slipped and that hot glue stuck to my fingers. I was going to try and make a cute video of this project but don’t have anything to hold my camera at the right angle. Had I been doing video there would be some definite editing of me cussing as I hopped around trying to free my fingers of the glue. Thus, the cold bowl of water in the supply list. Seriously, it was bad, so use low-temp glue guns, please. Got it? Ok, good, I feel better now 🙂
Oh look at that, my ring finger before the injury. I think my fingerprint might actually be altered LOL
The fit was almost perfect but these glass beads aren’t the same sizes. As I glued them in I had to make sure my spacing was good. It would stink if I got to the last bead in a row and ran out of room. I kept gluing large then small alternately until I got all of the rows finished.
I love love love how it turned out! There are a few things I would do differently if I was to start over. I’ll tell you what that is in a second.
The thing I would do differently? I would start applying them from the bottom up. The upper edge of the glass backsplash isn’t usually visible hiding the uneven edge of the final row. Either way I love my new glass backsplash so it’s a small detail I can overlook. I’m loving it! Those beads and the other changes I made in the our Bathroom give it a spa feel.
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Until next time,
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