Giving a design facelift to an older kitchen can be as simple as adding a new colorful or unique backsplash. Like many home renovation projects, though, materials for the backsplash plus the cost of labor can make even this small project a pricey endeavor. When finances are limited, opt for materials that allow you to create amazing kitchen backsplash ideas on a budget…and DIY!
If you’re worried about installing your own backsplash, you can opt to hire someone to do it for you. You should research professionals to find your best—and most affordable—contractors. When you’re really short on cash, though, DIY is the cheapest option.
HomeAdvisor estimates that contractors will typically charge about $160 per hour for labor, and, with materials, the total price of the backsplash project could soar to more than $1,000. The DIY option means no mark-ups for labor or materials. For homeowners watching every penny, that savings could be huge.
Budget materials for backsplashes are plentiful, and, with creativity, you can make a design that’s truly unique and the focal point of your kitchen. Your own artistic flair or skills will only elevate this project.
Funky and Unique Tile Backsplashes
Tile is probably one of the most popular materials used for kitchen backsplashes. Why? Tile is usually really easy to wipe and keep clean.
Before you head to a home store, try to set a budget for your materials. How big do you plan to make your backsplash? Size matters if you’re on a budget, and a full-wall backsplash probably won’t work with your budget (unless you find really cheap tile).
When creating a unique tile backsplash, have fun! Tiles come in all types of shapes, sizes and hues. Pick your color scheme to match or contrast with the rest of your kitchen. Bright bold colors will catch the eye!
Accent tiles also are a great way to break up a solid tile design. Choose a few tiles with unique designs or you can even have kids draw their own artwork on blank tiles and incorporate them into the backsplash.
Where can you find tiles cheaply? Look at home stores for sale items to score the best deals, but, for really great (and cheap) materials, find your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore! These thrifty home stores are open to the public and offer amazing (and sometimes brand new) materials for every type of home project. Plus, all the money you spend helps to further Habitat’s mission!
The Mosaic Backsplash
Blogger Lynne Knowlton crafted a DIY tutorial on how to make your own mosaic backsplash. Hers was amazing, although she eventually tore it down!
You can create any design you love: flowers, an ocean scene, a sidewalk café. Or arrange those mosaic pieces in a funky starburst or kaleidoscope pattern. The imagination wants what it wants! Knowlton also encourages using any material you want, like rocks (or stones) and even jewelry. The look should be original.
A Metal Backsplash
Heavy metal for the backsplash? Yes, please! Just be sure to choose stainless steel so it doesn’t rust or become gross. Or prefer copper for a modern look.
You can create your metal backsplash from one big piece of metal or use metal tiles. If you’re really handy with the tools (and DIY) you also could cut the metal into pieces and arrange them in a pattern or unique design.
Need more inspiration? Look through the amazing gallery of metal backsplashes over at HGTV.
Many decades ago, faux brick panels were all the rage. No one wants to return to the tackiness of the faux brick!
Real bricks, however, make rugged backsplash designs. Choose a hue that complements the décor or hues of your kitchen.
Luxury Stone Backsplashes
If you’re saving on labor costs, you may be able to splurge on high-end materials like quartz, marble or granite. You can find these stone types in tile designs, but a long solid sheet of stone always makes an elegant backsplash design.
A Wood Backsplash
Yes, you can use wood to create a backsplash and it’s the perfect country chic choice if you use rustic wood. However, you can also create a modern look with wood as a backsplash. Remember to seal the wood so that it isn’t damaged by splashes of water—remember, it’s called a backsplash for a reason! Minimize those splashes by installing a low-flow faucet.
No Backsplash…Just Paint!
The cheapest way to create a backsplash is to not install one! Instead, paint the wall behind the sink in an eye-catching hue that is both waterproof and resistant to mold.
Designing a budget-friendly backsplash is easy if you can DIY the installation and opt to spend the budget on materials only. However, if you hire a pro to install your backsplash, you need to budget accordingly and your material options may be a bit more limited.
Backsplashes can be created with wood, stone, tile, brick and even metal. For those homeowners who are true artists—or who don’t fear a creative challenge—look to blogger Lynne Knowlton for inspiration and design a one-of-a-kind mosaic backsplash. Whatever material you use, have fun with your project. A magnificent backsplash becomes an eye-catching focal point for the entire kitchen.