Fence Board Backsplash

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Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

To think it all started from this little jar I bought at a thrift store.

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

Yes, the inspiration for an entire kitchen makeover came from this simple jar.

I fell head over heels in love with the color.

I’ve showed you how it all began with this piece, a chalk painted beauty transformed from a 1970’s dated china cabinet.

Chalk Painted Hutch from Marty's Musings

The next project I showed you was this incredibly creative mason jar chandelier, made by my DIY husband.


We’re not done (huge empty wall behind the chandelier for starters) but we have now moved to the other end of the kitchen. This fence board backsplash project replaces what we once thought was a really cute peel and stick tile for the backsplash (just last year) now is an eyesore with the new yellow walls.

My hubby explains his process:

I call this my Pinterest Pile and it is nothing more than raw material screaming for a project! Can you hear it? I salvaged this rather grim looking fence wood from a neighbor’s yard, not knowing what to do with it but not being able to stand the thought of leaving it on the trash truck. Using it to make a table, or something requiring at least some degree of structural integrity, was out because it was a thinner wood and just too far gone. But, the possibilities were endless for decorative use. Let the project begin!

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

The key to using salvaged wood is to at least try and use absolutely every available inch. I don’t throw anything away until the very end and preserve everything in between. This particular wood ended up being quite fragile, and (honestly) I wasn’t even sure I had enough to complete the entire project. Generally, that’s a really bad idea!

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

So, the challenge was really to just get “pile A” transformed and installed onto “wall C” via my Pinterest magic at “point B”.  The picture below is the backsplash we were covering up.

By the way, that was another great idea – peel and stick flooring applied to the wall! Super cheap and, at the time, looked great. But, alas, its season was over with the new decor. These are 12″ x 12″ squares from the big box store with adhesive on the back. You peel the paper off and stick it where you want it. I had reinforced with finish nails, since the tiles were applied vertically.

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

The tiles were easy to score and cut but just couldn’t hang with the new yellow color on the walls. No need to take them down, and they really were an appropriate back to what would come next.

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

This was the, “Hey, whatcha think about this?” stage. I had cut the wood to go from the bottom of the cabinets to the top of the turn on the counter top, then lightly sanded each piece to eliminate slivers and splinters. Clearly the dark color was too much and pulled too much focus, but the effect was awesome!

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

So, I lightly sprayed each cut and sanded piece with an aerosol primer, just enough to lighten the wood and retain the beautiful character of the weathered surface. This also allowed for a degree of uniformity that I could control. I didn’t fill any nail holes and actually preserved knot holes and cracks. The more imperfection the better!

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings-5

One very important allowance was that I did NOT remove the light switch and receptacle covers as each piece was fit into place. Because the wood was thick enough to render the covers useless if installed behind them, I just made a hole for them. They were then recessed, in a way, and still totally functional. We would later make them all a uniform color – the same “Rustic Mist” color we did on the cabinet knobs. I just nailed each piece to the wall with finish nails – one at the top and one at the bottom. No glue.

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

Now, you might think that we sure are going to a lot of trouble and still not addressing those gross countertops. You would be right! That is still down the road and will surely be another post. But I can tell you that it will involve a transformation kit and new sink and faucetโ€ฆwoo-hoo! For now, the fence wood backsplash is totally unique and a great addition to where we are headed with this re-do.

Creative Backsplash with Fence Boards from Marty's Musings

I love the character of each piece of wood! The blue accent really pops and is such a nice contrast to the natural roughness of the backsplash.

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

Marty here: the finished product is amazing! My husband took some castoff wood and turned it into a beautiful backsplash worthy of a beach cottage.

Creative Backsplash with Fence Boards from Marty's Musings

Don’t you just love these whimsical canisters?

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

There is so much more to come! I have used blue and yellow accents throughout the kitchen and tied it all together with fabric! The kitchen table is getting a facelift and the ugliest kitchen chairs on the planet are getting made over from top to bottom with fabric and paint.

Like my husband said, the countertops look even worse now, but they are 22 years old and are ready for a new do!

If you haven’t read my husband’s hysterical post on Surviving a Blogging Spouse you should give it a look see! I’d also love it if you’d take a look at some of our other projects, including our den makeover, scrapbook room update, theater wall and window table

Or, click on each picture below to go directly to the original post.

Mason Jar Chandelier from Marty's Musings 

Chalk Paint Furniture Tutorial from Marty's Musings

Shabby Chic Dining Chairs from Marty's Musings

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

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  1. I love weathered wood! You guys did a great job:)

    • Thanks, Tina, for the good words on our fence board backsplash! I appreciate it!
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  2. So gorgeous, great job on the backsplash, Tim! I think this would be an awesome project for the kitchen area in the workshop. I’m pinning to show my husband. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Debbie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi, Debbie. You are always so sweet to leave such encouraging comments! We love our backsplash in the kitchen! Have a great day!
      [email protected]’s Musings

  3. Oh My Gosh! I LOVE this! I am seeing this as a project in my future! I think this is my fav post ever!

    • Hi, Heather! Thank you for the high compliment on our fence board backsplash! Your fav post ever. Wow. I adore it, too!
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  4. Marty – this is awesome! I love it. Your hubby is such a clever fellow and obviously loves his sweetie pie! I’ll be featuring your backsplash on the Worthing Court FB page tomorrow afternoon.

    • Thanks, Suzy, for taking the time to featuring our fence board backsplash on your fb page! Pretty unique project and I love it! My hubby is indeed creative! Thanks so much!

  5. I love this Marty! It is so clever and just plain cool! I’m keeping this post up to share on Facebook tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Heather

  6. The backsplash is so charming, Marty!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

  7. This turned out very well! Love the final look. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Wow! LOVE it! Great job, Tim!

    Laurel ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Oh My Goodness!! You are soooooo much more creative than I could EVER be… please come over to my house and help!! Everything I can think to do costs way too much money…. you make it all look so cute and fun! Great job! Love it!

  10. This is so clever….I love it ! xo

  11. What an awesome idea! Totally love this.


  12. Beautiful! What a fabulous idea!!!

  13. This is fantastic looking and I love that you recycled the wood! Great idea! Happy Friday from the enchanted oven.

  14. Love this! First time I’ve seen it used in the kitchen! One question, did you treat or clean the wood in any way before you brought it in? I also have a pile of old fencing but it’s soooo dirty. I’m not sure how to go about cleaning it up enough for indoor life.

  15. I love this idea. Your backsplash is fabulous. Love the Pinterest pile!!

  16. Much, much better!!!!!

  17. Oh Marty!
    You got me thinking…I am purchasing everything I need to repaint my kitchen cabinets and I keep frowning at our back splash. I just adore this look and love that you used “junk” wood for it! I scored a huge old fence on craigslist and used it for a bajillion projects around my home-LOVE IT!

  18. WOW!! What a great idea. The planks look just wonderful as a backsplash. So creative and so pretty!

  19. Oh my goodness, I love it! I would love to get rid of my white subway tile back splash but it’s not in the budget yet. If I could figure out a way to attach the wood to the ceramic tile I would be all over this. What a great DIY project! Thanks for sharing!

  20. This is brilliant! I can’t believe it–what a beautiful thing you’ve created from your scraps of wood! I’ll bet people could do this with pallet wood, too. I think you’ll inspire lots of people with this post. Thanks for linking to Grace at Home–I’m going to feature you next week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. This is FANTASTIC! I want a back splash!!!

  22. This looks Fabulous! Isn’t it great to do a project and love it when it’s finished?!

    • Hi, Krystie! I’m so glad you liked my fence board backsplash! I do love it and my husband is amazing! Please stop by again soon!
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  23. This looks Fabulous! thanks for sharing!

  24. What an out-of-the-box idea that turned out fab!! I loooove old wood and it is displayed perfectly as a backsplash! We are in the process of restoring a 100 year old house and I can hardly wait to put together an accent wall with all the old barn wood from the property. Anyway thanks for sharing at The Scoop today! xoxo

  25. I love this! I love that you’re making your kitchen your own and not cookie cutter. It’s so nice to see something that isn’t tile, glass tile or granite as a back splash. Found you via Show Me What Ya Got linky.

    • Angela, you left such a great comment on my fence board backsplash post and I appreciate it! My husband is great at thinking outside the box!
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  26. This is definitely s0 clever and fabulous. I love the idea, and I adore your chandy. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  27. Love the colors! Do you have the wood behind your stove, and if so, how does it hold up under the cooking?
    PS Love your name too…not often I come across another female Marty ๐Ÿ™‚ Is it short for anything or your actual name?
    (Found you through the Heart & Home link up ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. What a clever and creative idea! Love that you have repurposed the old wood in such a creative way.
    Thanks so much for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you’ll come back again on Saturday! Leigh Anne

  29. Hi Marty! Just wanted to say your back slash is so lovely! What a great use of that wood!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lina (stopping by from WOW)

  30. This looks so awesome! I love the weathered look!
    Selene@ restorationbeauty.com

  31. LOVE! love! LOVE THIS! I would jump up and down for joy if you linked this to my party…it’s going on right now!


  32. How creative! I love that you’ve repurposed the wood, and the weathered look is awesome! If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.


  33. This is the most unique backsplash I think I have ever seen. I love the rustic look it gives to your kitchen.

  34. What a great (free!) idea! That’s not a backsplash your going to run into on every other blog, for sure. nice job ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. So, this might in fact be the coolest backsplash I have EVER seen. Sharing it with my Twitter and FB and Pinterest followers…NOW!

  36. Wow! What an awesome back splash! I’ve pinned it!

  37. Marty! I love the back splash! so perfectly weathered, and the spray primer was just the right touch!


  38. Marty, you did good. The backsplash looks awesome, so I gotta pin it.


  39. This is so beautiful!
    Thank you so much for linking up in the Crafty Showcase last week! I’m slow at getting to do all my visit this week! We care that you link up and LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting your blog to see what all you are up to!

    have a super week!
    Susie @Bowdabra

  40. This is just too cute! Love how creative you were and it just looks amazing!

  41. What a fun way to add some character to your kitchen! We will be featuring your backsplash at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so be sure to come by and check it out!!

  42. Allison says:

    This is a perfect backsplash for our old farmhouse that I try to keep very “cottage” in flavor. I am concerned about it getting really dirty and hard to keep clean. Any thoughts? or did you treat it with anything that helps to keep it wiped easily?? Old wood splinters quickly.
    Also, is it behind your stove area??? I cant tell from your pictures. Can you recommend a finish that wouldnt look glossy?
    GREAT JOB by the way! I love your website!!

    • Hi, Allison. Here’s what my hubby says:T hese boards have a great deal of “character” so any treatment in the form of a sealer or polyurethane would serve little purpose. They are not smooth at all. If you used a smoother board, or even sanded them, a coat of polyurethane could help in wiping off spills and explosions. Minwax makes a number of poly’s that would serve your needs, and it sounds like a satin finish might be your preference. You could even add some color at the same time with a product called Polycrylic, a poly/stain combo available in several variations and sheens.
      Yes, we did run it behind the stove, without concern. Folks totally freaked out about that (and the possibility of bugs), so if it is a concern for you, don’t do it. It didn’t concern me at all. It is non-combustible without an an ignition source and would never get hot enough to catch fire, even with the close proximity. I also have cabinets above the stove and that doesn’t worry me either.

      Thanks for the query!

  43. Danita Courtney says:

    Just wanted to say what an awesome job you did in coming up with the idea AND making it happen! I love visiting DIY Bloggers, because they really know how to get creative in a pinch! I also can’t wait to see how your tile shower comes out!!!! Can you post on Stacy’s Not Just A Housewife “Show me whatch got” again??? That’s where I found you!

    Best wishes!

    • Danita, thanks for taking the time to comment on my fence board backsplash. It’s been fun DIYing our way around the house, and yes, it has made us be creative! If you want to keep in touch with my blog just click the email subscription and you won’t miss a thing! Have a great day!
      http://www.martysmusings.net and the email box is in the header.

  44. love this Marty! What a great idea!!! thanks so much for linking up with OPC and Shaken together to support Habitat. Sharing on FB later today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. love this! did you put any kind of sealer on it once it was finished? just curious if cleaning this would be tough? thinking about trying a project like this in our kitchen and just wanted your opinion on how functional it is for you. thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi, Kristen. Here’s what my husband had to say: The only thing I did was to lightly spray each piece with an oil-based aerosol primer to give a white-washed look. Cleaning was a commented concern, but, honestly, our splashes don’t get that dirty. If something exploded you could remove that piece, flip it over, re-spray and use. The beauty of the texture is that it does hide everything, but you do want to keep it sanitary. A sponge would do the trick.

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