A new kitchen backsplash doesn’t always have to mean using tile or spending a lot of money. Backsplashes made of material other than tile are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s a good way to add a touch of personality to your kitchen while still remaining functional. Here are several unique kitchen backsplash ideas that will get your creative juices flowing on any budget.
Peel and Stick Laminate Flooring Backsplash
Wood-paneled walls are in style these days. You can get that look in your kitchen, but for much less money if you use peel and stick laminate flooring for your backsplash. Not only that, but it’s so easy! You simply peel and stick the faux laminate flooring onto the wall. That’s it. Be sure to stagger all of the planks as you want them, and get them as close to each other as possible. Some cutting around outlets will be needed, but it’s easily done with scissors or a razor blade. If you want to take the project a step father, you can lightly sand, prime and paint the planks with the color of your choosing.
Mirrors for a backsplash can be customized to your liking. No matter how big or small, they can be purchased at most craft stores to create a unique look. A small kitchen space will immediately feel larger with the mirrored surface.
Coffee Bean Backsplash
A coffee bean backsplash may sound odd, but it actually creates an eye-catching focal point and gives texture to the walls. Start by cutting a piece of plywood with a table saw to the measurements appropriate for your wall. Next, attach wood trim to all four sides to create a deep space for the coffee beans to sit. If you want the backer to disappear behind the coffee beans, stain it a similar color; if you want to go bold, you could choose a contrasting color to make it stand out. Set the board onto a table or saw horses and make sure it’s fairly even. Pour one coat of epoxy followed by the beans, then let the epoxy harden for several hours. To finish, pour one more coat of epoxy, and again, let it harden. Simply nail the board up on the wall, and you have a new kitchen backsplash made out of organic material.
Tin Sheet Backsplash
Once a traditional ceiling adornment, tin is now often used for kitchen backsplashes. Tin sheets won’t rust and they’re made to last due to the material. These metal backsplashes are stamped with a variety of patterns so you can choose which design you like best, and each pattern handles light beautifully. The backsplash installation should only take you a few hours; you can simply glue or nail the sheets into place.
Chalkboard Paint Backsplash
This is one of the easiest backsplashes you can install because all you have to do is paint! This is a great way to bring a light touch into a hardworking kitchen. A backsplash painted with chalkboard paint allows you to write down a recipe, write a note to family members, or just doodle. The best part is that it’s customizable, and when you want a clean slate, it can be erased.
River Rock Backsplash
These stones come in square tiles, and just like regular tile, they can be cut around outlets. It’s recommended to purchase electrical box extenders, which will make your outlets stick out farther from the wall, so they don’t become recessed next to the stone.
Bottle Cap Backsplash
If you’ve been saving bottle caps over the years, this will be an inexpensive project that adds a touch of personal flair. You can mix the bottle caps any way you choose, whether it’s by color or completely random. Simply attach the bottle caps to the wall with a tile adhesive, and watch them closely for several minutes to make sure they don’t slip. After you have them all in place, use regular tile grout to finish the job.
Stainless Steel Backsplash
A stainless steel backsplash can be made out of galvanized aluminum flashing from a hardware store. This usually goes underneath roof shingles, but when it comes to creative DIY projects, anything goes. Wire cutters are strong enough to cut the metal into place, then it can be fixed to the wall with a strong adhesive.
6,000 pennies would only cost you $60, and that’s a steal of a deal for a kitchen update. If you decide to glue the pennies on one-by-one, you’ll have to work quickly. Another option is to place the pennies onto tile mesh, then glue them onto the mesh. Like real tiles, place them onto the wall and add unsanded grout.
Who says concrete only goes on countertops in the kitchen and not backsplashes? This is a great way to add a modern touch on a budget. You can purchase a ten-pound bag of concrete for less than $20, and you’ll likely have some left over. Before you start applying concrete to your walls, a board laid flat will need to be used for the concrete to adhere to. First, apply a thin coat and spread it evenly with a drywall scraper. Let the first coat dry, then sand and apply the second coat, making sure that it’s as even as possible. For an added touch, you can even seal it with epoxy, or paint it with designs.
To minimize the risk of cracking the concrete when you install the backsplash, screw strips of wood trim the same depth as the board into the wall on all 4 sides so it naturally holds the concrete backsplash in place.
Updating your kitchen by installing a new backsplash doesn’t have to be an expensive or tedious process. By getting creative, you can add a touch of personal style to your kitchen that will make the space flow naturally.