Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
There are numerous ideas you can consider when re-designing your kitchen backsplash. With a measure of confidence using grout and sealing adhesive, anything is possible.
Wallpaper is not only for bedroom walls; the water and temperature resistant vinyl kind of wallpaper is perfect for using in your kitchen, and you only need wallpaper glue to attach. There are ‘peel and stick’ products on the market, which make it even easier. It won’t be as long-lasting as tiling, but you might not be wanting to keep the same design in place for decades.
With grout and sealant at the ready, you can attach any number of bottle tops to make a cool, Art Deco backsplash behind your kitchen sink. You could go for a soda theme, a beer theme, or any other theme that takes your fancy. What a great use for bottle tops which all too often end up littering the sidewalks.
This can work with any bottles or jars you have, that are colored or tinted. Wine or beer bottles work well, or for a more durable look try mason jar glass, which you can stain using a water-based solution. Then, after carefully breaking the bottles into usable fragments, apply using plenty of tile adhesive. When dry, just grout the backsplash and clean the glass with a sponge and soapy water. This could look really impressive and even artistic.
Beadboard is not just for use as an alternative to wainscoting; it can also be used as backsplash. It’s really as simple as measuring and cutting the panels, using an adhesive to fix in place, then affixing to the wall using nails. You can paint or even silicone over the nails and the end result is a sleek, minimalist backsplash. Some form of varnish will be needed to protect against damp or rot.
Did you know that most DIY stores offer donated tiles or discounted tiles which have been used for display, or that have some minor damage? Grout and mortar can be acquired, and with a generous application you can create an industrial-style, rugged approach, if that’s what you’re looking for. There are certain mess-free solutions on the market, if you don’t want to deal with all the messiness of grout and mortar. Tile is the most long-lasting of your backsplash options.
Wine-bottle corks, acquired over time or from friends and family (even restaurants or bars), can be spliced into halves along the vertical, and affixed onto plywood boards, using a clear sealant. It will create a warm ambience and will of course be ultra-absorbent for all those splashes.
Veneer brick is perfect for fostering a rustic feel, in which construction adhesive is all you’ll need. A hand-held tile cutter can be rented in order to cut the smaller sizes you’ll need around the contours, although with accurate measurements this shouldn’t take more than an afternoon.
With a plywood backing, you can use Mastic or similar adhesive to affix old cents, nickels, dimes, and foreign coins to your backsplash to create a uniquely monetary design. Use an old chopstick to dab just a little bit on to each coin as you go along. It might painstaking at first, but you’ll get into a rhythm and the end product will be worth it. If you have a load of old coins you can shine them up before sticking by submerging in cola for 24 hours beforehand!
A mirrored backsplash has the advantage of expanding a sense of space in your kitchen, and is extremely water resistant, as it is in your bathroom. Purchase some extreme mounting tape, cut it to the same width as each mirror, stick to the back of each mirror, remove the backing and stick on. To avoid having to cut mirrors for the tricky bits, consider the bottle fragment or coin ideas above, which can create an extra sense of artistic joie de vivre.
There’s no need to restrict yourself to these ideas. Mixing and matching tiles, pegboards, and pressed tin are also some exciting ideas. Why not innovate and come up with your own original style.