If you’re looking for an easy DIY project, check out some of the best kitchen backsplash ideas that are easy and affordable.
A backsplash is the area of wall between a kitchen countertop and the upper cabinets. Although many people leave this space as-is, the area presents an opportunity for homeowners to express themselves through a variety of textures, colors, and materials. A backsplash will also protect your wall against water damage from accidentally splashing from the sink or food from pots and pans while cooking and prepping food.
Backsplashes can be expensive to install, but if you are tight on cash, here are 10 budget kitchen backsplash ideas you can DIY.
Wallpaper has come a long way. Gone are the annoying long strips of paper that were a bear to install. Nowadays, wallpaper comes in an assortment of colors and styles, made from durable vinyl, and is easy to install without the need for brushes and liquid adhesives. In fact, they are similar to large stickers. Installation is a breeze—just cut to size, line up the pattern, and peel-and-stick. The vinyl surface makes wiping away spatters a cinch. If you get bored, it’s easy to swap it out with a different style.
Astoria Grand Lehner 24 x 18 Wallpaper Panel, $37.99 from Wayfair
Just one of numerous options you can find online.
If your exciting tile backsplash is still in good shape, but you hate the color—paint it! The key is to correctly prep the tile surface and use the right finish on top of the paint to protect the surface. Typically, you need to clean, sand, and prime the tile prior to painting on the topcoat. Once the topcoat dries, you mush apply an epoxy or lacquer finish on top. The process doesn’t cost a lot, but it’s labor-intensive.
Beadboard makes an elegant and easy backsplash that’s easy to install. Beadboard comes in large (typically 4 by 8 feet) sections that will need to be cut down to fit. Once you’ve cut the panels to size, press them into place with adhesive, and finish by securing them to the wall with nails for a minimalist look. Then, paint them any color you like.
Use up those wine corks you’ve been storing for years. A wine cork backsplash does take some time to put together, but the results will be worth it. The corks will need to cut in half, then glued to a plywood template that fits your backsplash area. Once the corks are secured, seal with a protective coat of polyurethane sealant. Secure the plywood template to the backsplash area with nails (be sure to nail into the studs for a secure hold).
Paint is an amazing and inexpensive DIY material. If the thought of cutting wood or installing tile stress you out, you can still create a tile-like backsplash using paint and a stencil. There are tons of stencils available that mimic the intricate designs of tile. All you have to do is line up the tile and paint in the lines. To protect your work, do paint a protective finish over the painted stencils to make the walls easier to clean.
According to Joanna Gaines, you can put shiplap anywhere. Shiplap is a simple flat board traditionally used to construct barns, sheds, or other rustic buildings. Similar to beadboard, installing shiplap requires little effort. You need to cut it to size, secure it the wall with nails through the studs, then paint it your desired color.
A chalkboard backsplash is perfect for those who love to change it up on a daily basis. Don’t worry, you won’t need to buy a real chalkboard when you can get chalkboard paint. And, here’s a little secret— you don’t have to just get the paint in the traditional chalkboard colors of black or green. Chalkboard paint can be tinted to match virtually any color. However, if you actually want to write on it, you should stick to a darker shade.
Hit up your local home improvement store for pallets. Pallet wood makes an attractive, rustic backsplash. Using pallet wood will involve a bit of prep work. You’ll need to disassemble the pallet, cut it down to size, and sand the wood before installation. However, it makes an amazingly attractive backsplash, so it’s well worth the effort.
Ceiling tiles will give you the look of ceramic tiles for a fraction of the cost. Sold in large panels, you’ll need to cut the tin tiles with a pair of tin snips before installing them. Once the tiles are up, you can leave them as it for a modern look or paint over them for a more traditional style.
You don’t need to hire a stonemason to get a custom exposed brick backsplash. It’s possible to create a brick impression with joint compound and painter’s tape, but a much easier approach is to use brick wallboard panels. You can get these panels are most big box home improvement stores, cut them to size, and secure them to your backsplash area with nails. (Faux brick wallpaper is another option.)
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