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How to Make an Inexpensive Kitchen Backsplash

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Written by Catherine Woods   



A backsplash can add a whole new look of beauty to your kitchen.  The cost of stone, granite, or stainless steel, however, can be very expensive.  Luckily there are plenty of low cost options to create a beautiful and inexpensive kitchen backsplash.  Here are a few ideas you can try in your kitchen.

Step 1: Vinyl Floor Tiles

Yes, you can use vinyl floor tiles as a backsplash.  Vinyl tiles are durable, stain resistant, and cheap.  These peel and stick tiles offer a variety of looks for as little as $.20 a square foot.  If you like, you can even find vinyl tiles that can be grouted, making it look convincingly like tile or stone.

Step 2: Mosaic Ceramic Tile

If you can find broken ceramic tile that is cheap or free, you can create an inexpensive and unique looking backsplash.  All that you have to do is finish breaking the tiles, adhere the pieces to the wall, and then grout over.    You can stick with all one tile color or use complementary ones, the choice is yours.

Step 3: Mirrors

Another inexpensive backsplash option is to use cheap small mirrors and grout them onto the wall like tiles.  This can be absolutely stunning because it makes your kitchen look larger and helps bounce light around the room.  Just be careful to keep the mirrors clean.

Step 4: Chalkboard Paint

For just a few dollars more than your average can of paint, you can have a backsplash that is ever changing.  Write an inspirational message or create an artistic masterpiece.  It really doesn’t matter if you mess up what you draw because it is easy to change.  Just make sure to choose a dark color so that your creativity can easily be seen.

Step 5: Stainless Steel Peel and Stick Film

If you love the look of stainless steel but can not stand the cost, consider trying peel and stick film made to look like stainless steel.  For around $50 you can buy a large roll of film that would easily cover a large kitchen’s backsplash.  Not only is this a cheap, stylish option, but it is very easy for anyone to install.

Step 6: Wallpaper

Wallpaper today can come in a variety of styles and can be textured to look like just about anything.  Pressed tin has become a very popular type of backsplash but the cost can be substantial.  For around $20 for 11 yards you can purchase wallpaper that looks just like pressed tin.  What a beautiful and inexpensive backsplash for any traditional kitchen!

So, as you can see it is not necessary to spend hundreds of dollars to get a kitchen backsplash.  With the multitude of options available today, you can find an attractive alternative to any type of backsplash.  All it takes is some knowledge and creativity and you can have the inexpensive backsplash of your dreams.






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