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DIY Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Looking for a clever way to create a backsplash for your kitchen? Today’s post features a range of DIY ideas, from true tile installations to renter-friendly solutions that are both affordable and stylish. Whether you’re ready to get your hands dirty or you’re looking for a way to fake it, check out the DIY kitchen backsplash ideas below and begin planning your next home improvement project

Tile and Beyond…

Let’s start by exploring the many types of materials that can be used to create a backsplash. A Beautiful Mess is a wonderful resource for kitchen backsplash tutorials, and this post on backsplash tiling tips is packed with handy pointers and links. Plus, it’s an honest description of the large amount of work involved. If you’re wanting to install a tile backsplash yourself, be sure to check it out:

RELATED: 8 DIY Backsplash Ideas To Refresh Your Kitchen On A Budget

DIY tile backsplash from A Beautiful Mess
DIY tile backsplash from A Beautiful Mess

This DIY tile backsplash featured at hometalk showcases a breakdown of supplies required, as well as some great photos that illustrate how a stove backsplash can transform your kitchen. Check out the pics, but don’t visit the original site (beinghomedecor.com), as it’s now a spam site. We love the look of this tile and the metal trim:

DIY stove backsplash
DIY stove backsplash

Can you believe that this DIY fish scale tile backsplash was created with the help of oven-bake clay?! Not only did the tiles solve a design dilemma for Kara Parslay Designs, they proved to be easy to cut with a sharp razorblade. This comes in handy in terms of installation.

DIY fish scale tile backsplash
DIY fish scale tile backsplash

Not feeling the tile vibe? That’s OK! There are plenty of interesting solutions that can punctuate your space. This pegboard backsplash from DIY Network is budget-friendly and storage-friendly. That’s because once you hang the board on your wall, you can use hooks to suspend handy tools and gadgets so they’re at the ready when you need them most:

Pegboard backsplash for storage and display
Pegboard backsplash for storage and display

Also from DIY Network is this salvaged wood backsplash, which creates a rustic look with salvaged molding and boards:

DIY salvaged wood backsplash
DIY salvaged wood backsplash

How sleek and stunning is this acrylic backsplash from fogmodern?! More budget-friendly than glass, it’s also customizable, as you paint the inside of the acrylic so the outside retains its shiny finish. Stunning!…

Sleek acrylic backsplash from fogmodern
Sleek acrylic backsplash from fogmodern

Placing fabric under acrylic is a growing backsplash trend, as the fabric adds pattern while the acrylic creates a smooth, durable surface. For a renter-friendly (easily removable) version of the project, try using vinyl instead of acrylic. Check out all the details at B.Y.O.V.:

Fabric and vinyl backsplash from B.Y.O.V.
Fabric and vinyl backsplash from B.Y.O.V.

Here’s an extra credit project for you… It’s a labor of love, but what a way to celebrate the current holographic trend in your kitchen! This mosaic-style backsplash was created from old CDs. Learn more at Instructables:

DIY holographic backdrop
DIY holographic backdrop

Creative Solutions

Time to get creative! You don’t have to spend hours or days installing a new backsplash from scratch. Whether you’re limited by time and tight budget or you’re looking for a creative solution, check out the backsplash ideas that follow. Another gem from A Beautiful Mess, this post on how to paint a tile backsplash shows how you can use silicon epoxy paint to make tired tile look vibrant and new. And we’re loving the green hue:

RELATED: Kitchen Backsplash Ideas To Update Your Cooking Space

Green painted backsplash from A Beautiful Mess
Green painted backsplash from A Beautiful Mess

Here’s another painted tile solution, this time with a geo motif. Get all the DIY details at One Kings Lane:

Painted geo tile backsplash
Painted geo tile backsplash

If you don’t have a tile backsplash and you’re looking for something easier than a full-on installation (complete with grout), try peel-and-stick tile. Elsie from A Beautiful Mess gave it a whirl, and she was thrilled with the results. Read about the process here:

Peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash from A Beautiful Mess
Peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash from A Beautiful Mess

This Aspect Peel-and-Stick Stone Kitchen Backsplash is available through Amazon.com and features real stone. Not only is it affordable, it requires no grout!

Peel-and-stick stone backsplash
Peel-and-stick stone backsplash

Aspect also makes peel-and-stick glass tile, and The Hatched Home gave it a try (see the results below). Plus, the blog shared some key tidbits that can come in handy when dealing with adhesive tile (including the fact that it’s super sticky). Not to mention, stores such as The Tile Shop will cut your tile for a small fee, taking one more thing off your plate!

Peel-and-stick glass tile backsplash
Peel-and-stick glass tile backsplash

$75 and one afternoon of your time. That’s all it takes to create this faux brick backsplash cleverly crafted by Bless’er House for Remodelaholic. Affordable faux brick paneling gets the job done, along with a whitewashed finish:

Whitewashed faux brick backsplash
Whitewashed faux brick backsplash

On a similar note, this faux tin backsplash is created with the help of affordable panels you can purchase at the home improvement store. Easy to and stall and totally vintage-style, don’t you think?! Details at A Cup of Jo:

RELATED: Kitchen Backsplash Ideas: A Splattering Of The Most Popular Colors!

Faux tin backsplash from A Cup of Jo
Faux tin backsplash from A Cup of Jo

This DIY Faux Herringbone Backsplash from A Beautiful Mess proves you don’t have to give up on your dreams of stylish tile in the kitchen. Fake it with black paint pens! Yes, the tile below is drawn onto the wall…and for less than $10!

Painted herringbone backsplash from A Beautiful Mess
Painted herringbone backsplash from A Beautiful Mess

Painter’s tape is your friend for this DIY Herringbone Tile Backsplash from My Blessed Life. Once again, we see how paint can create the look of tile, this time with a light-on-dark approach:

Painted tile backsplash from My Blessed Life
Painted tile backsplash from My Blessed Life

If a tile vibe isn’t what you’re after, go with a chalkboard paint backsplash, as shown in this image from HGTV.com. There’s nothing like getting to draw, write and embellish as needed. Just don’t erase the board when you’re using the stove. Nobody likes chalk dust in their food!

Chalkboard backsplash
Chalkboard backsplash  

Did you find a kitchen backsplash idea in the roundup above? Whether you install it, paint it, or peel and stick it, we at Decoist wish you the best of luck with your project!

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