Mar 21, 2012

Creative and Inexpensive Backsplash Ideas

After going through a kitchen transformation myself and seeing my neighbor complete her DIY backspash just last week, I've got backsplashes on my mind.  So often it's difficult to come up with an affordable backsplash option that you can DIY with materials from your local hardware store, so I decided to hunt down some creative (i.e. not tiled) and inexpensive backsplash ideas.  Here are my top 5 favorite "thinking outside of the box" backsplash ideas:

1.  My very favorite, because this is what my neighbor did - Chalkboard Backsplash.  We see chalkboard paint used everywhere these days - on furniture, on doors, on walls - but I had never thought of using it for a kitchen backsplash.  It looks great and definitely doesn't break the bank, plus you can draw on it to change things up a bit.  Because it's just paint, you can even do this in a rental space where you're allowed to paint.

pic from design*sponge

pic from apartmenttherapy

They make magnetic chalkboard paint now, too, so that's another great option if you want to hang pictures or notes on it.  My neighbor took it to the next level of coolness and used adhesive to glue long ceramic tiles around the edge of her chalkboard to frame the backsplash area - love it!

2. Acrylic Backsplash - I saw the first picture below of the fun orange backsplash in a home tour on Apartment Therapy and did some research to see where you can buy sheets of colored acrylic.  Both Lowe's and Home Depot sell colored acrylic, which can easily be cut to fit the size of your backsplash.  Simply drill holes in the corners of the acrylic and attach it to walls with screws.  Just wipe it down with water when splatter happens!

pic from apartmenttherapy

3. Temporary Wallpaper Backsplash - These self-adhesive wall tile decals from Blik are quick to install and can be repositioned as needed.  This a great option for renters, as you simply peel them off when you move.  Even better, two 24"x48" sheets are only $45.  Cut to fit and you could easily do your entire kitchen for less than $100.

pic from Blik

See how great a wallpaper backsplash can look?  They even make some papers that look like tile...

pics from manolohome

4. For a great industrial look, ever consider a Corrugated Metal Backsplash?  Sounds strange but it looks really cool.  You can position it horizontally or vertically depending on how you want the lines to run and attach it to the walls with metal screws.

pic from bhg

5. A more traditional-looking metal option is a Tin Ceiling Tile Backsplash.  There is a huge variety of colors when it comes to tin ceiling tiles - copper, stainless steel, silver, gold, you name it...and the pattern options are endless.  The American Tin Ceiling Co. website will get your creative juices flowing.

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What do you think?  Do you have any other good ideas for a cheap but great-looking kitchen backsplash?


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My mom used mirror for hers. She bought those cheap wall mirrors from WalMart and they only had to make a few cuts using a glass cutter. You have to be pretty neat or it just reflects your mess, which is why I haven't done it. But her kitchen looks bigger and brighter. She even uses dry-erase markers to write on it... Grocery lists and her cooking schedule for Thanksgiving, etc.

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Aluminum flashing looks like stainless steel, but at a fraction of the cost!

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As for the temporary Blik decals, The Blik website says these should NOT be used as a backsplash because water will damage them. So this is not an option.

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I bought a big box full of used car license plates at an auction got tired of selling them one or two at a time so I used them as a backsplash for the cabin at the lake it takes a lot of screws but it came out very unique and colorful, the wife even loved it and thought it was a great idea but she won't let me use the rest of them in her kitchen at home

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That is a GREAT idea! My favorite restaurant/bar in Myrtle Beach covered their walls with license plates! Love it!

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