Do-It-Yourself Backsplash Ideas

Get inspiration from these do-it-yourself backsplash ideas, and get ready to create an attractive and useful backsplash in your kitchen.

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Photo by: Lindsay Raymondjack

Lindsay Raymondjack

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're excitedly planning a new backsplash for your home, but not excited about the costs involved in a professional installation, you may want to consider some do-it-yourself (DIY) backsplash ideas.

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Many homeowners opt to install backsplashes themselves, choosing from any number of efficient and economical materials and designs.

Your first step to creating a do-it-yourself backsplash design is to determine what type of material you want to use for your backsplash, as well as how much of it you'll need. For some homeowners, backsplashes are simple affairs—utilitarian tile or stone meant to blend in and keep cooking spatter off the walls. Other homeowners use the backsplash as an opportunity to express their design personality and add color, texture and visual interest to their kitchen. Whether your approach is utilitarian, splashy, or someplace in between, your first task will be to determine the surface area you want to cover with your backsplash design. To calculate this figure, simply measure the square footage of the area to determine the amount of backsplash material you'll need.

Next, it's time to think about the type and style of material you'll use for your do-it-yourself backsplash. Traditional materials like ceramic tile, glass and stone are certainly options, but depending on their quality, they may be expensive or complicated to install.

For an extremely simple and low-cost backsplash, vinyl wallpaper can be a great option. Durable and fairly easy to install (especially if the surface you'll be covering is square or rectangular), this option also comes in a variety of styles and colors. You could also consider traditional wallpaper and then add a clear waterproof sealant on top of it.

Another material option is a sheet of colored glass, or clear glass placed over wallpaper. This approach offers a bright, stylish and easy-to-install backsplash at extremely low cost. Found items like bottle caps, smooth stones or reclaimed plastic can also be used in DIY backsplashes. Whichever material you choose, it's best to investigate the amount of home improvement expertise that'll be required to install your do-it-yourself backsplash, and ensure that it doesn't exceed your own skills in that department. For example, cutting and sizing granite or metal materials is probably best left to professionals, unless you've done it before.

After choosing the material for your DIY backsplash, it's time to think about style. If you've chosen traditional ceramic tile or another common material like glass or high-end stone, you'll have just about infinite choices in terms of colors and patterns, and your own design aesthetic will be your only constraint. If you're working with more unique or found materials, the style will likely be defined by the amount and type of material you're working with, as well as whether it can be arranged in a uniform or random pattern.

Once you've got the layout planned and materials on hand for your do-it-yourself backsplash, it's time to install. Depending on the materials you've chosen and the scope of the project, this could be an extremely simple process—or one that will require considerable home improvement expertise. In general, doing as much research as possible regarding similar installations is a good place to start. With that homework done, you should be able to move forward confidently, and you'll be enjoying an attractive and efficient do-it-yourself backsplash in no time.

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