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8 DIY Ideas to Put the *Splash* into Backsplash

Posted December 5, 2014

Backsplashes are one of the most exciting home decor features we know. Much more than mere wall protectors, they define your kitchen's style. The right backsplash can even increase the indoor curb appeal of your home. While beautiful tile backsplashes are traditional -- and with good reason -- other materials are making an appearance as well. Here are 8 DIY backsplash installation inspirations from readers of Hometalk.

1. Stick on faux wood flooring

Want to add unique appeal to your kitchen without major hassle or expense? This cheap 'n' easy (yet lovely!) plank backsplash by Mom4Real can be crafted from peel-and-stick flooring in less than 90 minutes. Choose a moisture resistant variety made for basement and bathroom floors. Just cut pieces to the length you want and stick them on your kitchen wall. Painting is optional.

2. Paint outdated ceramic tile

The solution to a teeny-tiny budget backsplash budget? Work with what you already have! Give the existing ceramic backsplash a whole new look with paint. In this update, Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body transformed behind-the-times beige tile to a very sophisticated charcoal gray, then finished it with a high performance top coat. The new look is very 21st Century Modern.

3. Install marble tile

Here's a refreshing new take on the subway tile we've been seeing everywhere for a quite a while now. Ginger and the Huth chose to install tiles of Carrara, the most affordable marble. The soft gray veining and subtle color gradations give an extensive expanse of backsplash a distinct touch of chic without overwhelming. Hard to believe the lovely look was achieved as a DIY backsplash install.

4. Build with brick

Clydene Forbush made like Bob the Builder and used brick for a ruggedly handsome backsplash. Its earthy tones complement the casual warmth of her beige, brown, and red kitchen. What a fantastic backsplash idea for a log house in the woods -- or a big city apartment!

5. Cover fake tile with vintage ceiling tiles

Isn't it amazing how old ceiling tile can make a kitchen look very very new? That is the magic of these vintage tin tiles, which Somewhat Quirky purchased from an architectural salvage center. To simplify mounting, they are screwed to a wooden frame. Lacquer coating protects against damp and makes them a breeze to clean.

6. Put up a mirror

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what's the most original backsplash of all? This gorgeous one-of-a-kind retro mirror was something that Simply Vintageous just happened to have on hand. Hung behind the stove as a temporary backsplash, it may very well end up taking permanent pride of place in her charming kitchen.

7. Hang wallpaper

Mimic the effect of antique tile with … wait for it … wallpaper! Thrifty Treasures hung washable, pre-pasted wallpaper to add interest to a bare over-the-counter area. Just one double roll and a little ingenuity was all it took to come up with a sweet and simple backsplash.

8. Apply stainless steel tiles

Can you say sleek? Self-adhesive stainless steel tiles create a magnificent modern style, courtesy of Easier Than I Thought. The chevron-style tile application gives an impression of texture, despite the absence of grout. We love how this distinctive metallic backsplash brightens up the kitchen space.

Laura Firszt writes for networx.com.

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