Cheap and Easy Home Decor Project: Domino backsplash

Sometimes the drollest objects become pleasingly mod when assembled en masse. The dominoes' dancing pips remind me of a computer's circuitry or a spaceship's blinking switchboard. The plastic game pieces are as shiny and uniform as ceramic tile but — huge bonus — don't require grouting. Best of all, the whole backsplash hangs on the wall like a picture, so you can take it with you if you move.

What you'll need:

  • Newspaper
  • 3/4-inch plywood cut to 14 x 24 inches at your hardware store
  • Bricks or other items for elevating wood
  • Gloss black spray paint
  • Ruler
  • Hammer
  • 2 ring hangers with nails for attaching to the plywood
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 6 sets standard-size plastic dominoes (28 pieces per set)
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Tape
  • 2 picture hangers with nails

 

Directions:

1. Outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, cover a work surface with newspaper. Elevate the plywood on bricks and spray-paint the sides black. Let the paint dry and apply a second coat.

2. When the paint is dry, hammer in the two ring hangers on one side of the board, 2 inches down from one of the long edges. This will be the backside.

3. Turn the board over and begin gluing on dominoes, starting in a corner and working your way outward. Select them randomly and position them horizontally and vertically. If you misplace a piece, ply it off with the screwdriver and re-glue it.

4. When you're done gluing dominoes, hang the backsplash like this: Ball up two pieces of tape, sticky side out, and stick a ball on the tip of each ring hanger. Hold the backsplash in front of the wall where you want it, and press the backside against the wall to transfer the tape from the hangers to the wall. Hammer in your picture hangers where the tape indicates, then hang.

 

Note: If you want your backsplash to be a different size, here's how to figure out how many domino sets you need: Multiply the length by the width of your board to get the square inches. Divide that number by 2, since each domino measures 2 square inches. Divide that number by 28, since a set of dominoes contains 28 game pieces.

 

Excerpt from Abode à la Mode: 44 Projects for Hip Home Decor by Jeanée Ledoux. ©2005. Used with permission of Sterling Publishing Co.

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