15 DIY Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
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Painted Faux Tile Backsplash
Semi-gloss (or satin) paint will help protect your walls and you’ll be able to wipe grease and food splatters off easily, but why not paint your kitchen backsplash to look like tile? This great DIY kitchen backsplash looks like a tiled backsplash but it was done entirely with paint and lots of tape and measuring. It’s an economical solution and perfect for short term makeovers or rentals. And here’s another beautiful painted tile backsplash, this time to resemble subway tile!
Vinyl Contact Paper Tile Backsplash
Vinyl contact paper is very wipeable and can be bought in any color you can think of. You could cut out vinyl contact paper into “tiles” of any shape you’d like, like chevron or thin rectangles, and paste them on your backsplash in a pattern. Easy, economical, and eye-catching!
Beadboard is always a great idea if you’re looking for a kitchen backsplash that’s easy to DIY and easy on your wallet. This kitchen backsplash makeover was done with around $30 in supplies and $20 of that went to the beadboard.
Plank Backsplash (using peel-and-stick vinyl flooring)
This is a great DIY kitchen backsplash if you’re looking for a plank backsplash look without the expense. It could be the perfect temporary solution while you’re saving up for your dream backsplash. Check out this beautiful painted plank backsplash that was done with peel-and-stick vinyl flooring! You could as easily not paint the planks for a more rustic look.
If you find a placemat design that speaks to you, grab a pile and stick them up on your kitchen walls to act as a fun DIY kitchen backsplash! Very easy and a quick fix for an ugly tile backsplash!
Antiqued Mirror Backsplash
Bring a lot of glamour to your kitchen by installing an antiqued mirror backsplash. This beautiful kitchen boasts an antiqued mirror backsplash that went through the antiquing process by a professional studio, but here’s how you can DIY your own antiqued mirror backsplash! First, get your hands on mirror tiles and then antique them using this process or this one. Then adhere the mirror tiles to your kitchen walls using mirror adhesive and seal the edges with clear silicone caulk.
For only $10, you can paint your kitchen backsplash with chalkboard paint. A black kitchen backsplash can look great in the right kitchen and you could use chalk markers for less mess. Write your meal plans and your shopping lists right on the walls as you putter around the kitchen! If you’re afraid of going too dark, you could paint only one wall.
Frames on a Painted Backsplash
If you love pictures, this DIY kitchen backsplash treatment might be the right one for you. Simply paint the kitchen walls with your favorite color and then hang up picture frames filled with your favorite photographs. Simple and sweet!
Faux Punched Tin Backsplash
Love the look of punched tin backsplash but not the cost? Try raised and paintable wallpaper with a punched tin pattern! Paint over it with metallic paint and polyurethane and you’ll have yourself a gorgeous DIY kitchen backsplash!
Painted Tile Backsplash
Here’s another DIY kitchen backsplash idea that’s done with just paint and your time: a painted tile backsplash! If you already have a tile backsplash but you just don’t like the look of it, simply paint over it and enjoy your kitchen!
Painted Faux Brick Panels
Use faux brick panels to cover your kitchen backsplash and then paint over them for a rustic and unique look! You could paint it a solid white or give it a white wash treatment.
A shiny metal backsplash can add a modern, utilitarian look to your kitchen. They’re easy to wipe down and goes well with stainless steel appliances. A metal backsplash could be installed with ductwork flat metal sheets or with corrugated steel sheets, to name a few examples. For more information on metal backsplashes, read this.
Reclaimed Wood Backsplash
Have a pile of wood lying around? Whip them into shape and put them up in your kitchen to act as a beautiful backsplash!
Fabric Under Plexiglass Backsplash
This beautiful DIY kitchen backsplash idea puts your favorite fabric under the protective cover of plexiglass. This backsplash was done by adhering the fabric to the wall with strong double stick tape and then the plexi-glass was drilled on top of the fabric. A tip: score X’s in the fabric where you plan to drill in so you don’t twist the fabric in the process.
Vinyl Wallpaper Backsplash
If you like the look of wallpaper, you might want to consider using vinyl wallpaper as your kitchen backsplash. Vinyl wallpaper isn’t pricey and it’s easier to hang up than regular wallpaper, so it makes for a great DIY kitchen backsplash!
Painted Glass Backsplash
A painted glass backsplash brings in a shiny, beautiful color to your kitchen and is 100% wipeable! Find a place that will sell you glass sheets at a good price and simply paint the back of them with your favorite color. Adhere the glass sheets to your kitchen walls with silicon sealant and enjoy! You could always do a solid color, but here’s a tutorial on how to achieve a marble effect on glass if you prefer that look.
Still looking for even more kitchen backsplash ideas? Check out this great list of 25 backsplash ideas and then check out these DIY Kitchen Remodels.
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