Introduction

Creating a coffee bean backsplash is a great way to bring an elegant and organic touch to a coffee bar or kitchen. You can also substitute the coffee beans for other items such as shells, antique buttons or any other small décor.

Step 1

DBLG8030097_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Get Started

Start by cutting the backer plywood panel to 13 1/4" x 70 1/2" on a table saw.

Step 2

DBLG8030099_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Attach Wood Trim

Next, rip the 1x4 poplar trim into 1 1/2" strips. Miter cut (2) at 72" and (2) at 14 3/4" and attach to the plywood backer with wood glue and 18ga finish nails.

Step 3

DBLG8030100_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Paint the Backer Board

If you want the backer to disappear behind the coffee beans, stain it a similar color. You could also choose a contrasting color to let it stand out.

Step 4

DBLG8030101_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Let the Stain Dry

Allow the stain to fully dry.

Step 5

DBLG8030102_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Prepare to Pour

In a warm dry place, level the assembled frame onto a table or saw horses. Be sure to check level in two directions so the epoxy settles evenly. Be sure to close all windows and heat vents to keep dust or bugs from getting into the epoxy. If possible, do this in a garage or unoccupied space to avoid the fumes.

Step 6

DBLG8030103_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Mix the Finish

Mix 16 oz of 60 coat bar top finish in a plastic mixing bucket. It is critical that it is mixed according to the instructions and evenly otherwise it will not harden.

Step 7

DBLG8030104_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Spread the Epoxy

Spread the epoxy evenly across the bottom and no thicker than 1/4".

Step 8

DBLG8030105_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Pour the Beans

Pour whole coffee beans in the frame and pat them down with gloves.

Step 9

DBLG8030106_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Let the Epoxy Set UP

Let the epoxy set up for several hours otherwise the beans will float to the top of the finishing layer of epoxy.

Step 10

DBLG8030110_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Pour and Spread

Once the base layer has started to harden, mix another 32 oz of epoxy and pour over the top. Spread the epoxy out for a glassy finish. Be sure to spread it before it starts setting.

Step 11

DBLG803_0111

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Wait for the Epoxy to Harden

Allow the epoxy harden overnight before installing it.

Step 12

DBLG8030154_s4x3

Photo By: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Install

Once the epoxy has fully hardened, it can be installed to the wall with caulk or finish nails through the band trim.