First, I taped off the electrical outlets with my handy dandy frogtape which is my new favorite friend everrrrrr.
It is more expensive than regular blue painter's tape but its much less frustrating to use and tears more easily than blue tape. Plus, I like that it comes in its own little case - that is just too cute. I first learned about my new little friend on one of my fave blogs, Southern Hospitality (who has great hair btw).
I also have a new painting secret I've picked up: harness the usefulness of Press'n Seal wrap. I wrapped the upper cabinets in this sticky wrap to save me from myself as I would be wielding black paint very close to my white cabinets.
Another helpful trick I've found is to have your kitty help you with any project (whether you like it or not).
I had primed the surface a few weeks back when we painted the cabinets, so I just painted three coats of black chalkboard paint on the backsplash.
And here's the chalkboard backsplash in all its glory. I also played a bit with chalk:
What do you think?