DIY backsplash

When you are considering adding something new to your kitchen or bathroom but don’t want to redo the entire thing over, you can consider the idea of installing your own backsplash.

What is a backsplash?


A backsplash is a design of tiles you stick on in a pattern behind your stove and/or sink. The backsplash gives the kitchen and/or bathroom more of an elegant look. There are many styles to choose from to match your room you would like to install these in.

What is your style?


If you like the modern look, you can easily install brick tiles. There is also a checkerboard look of holographic tiles for a fun, retro look. There are more styles for your own customized look. If you want a sophisticated kind of look, there are styles of different tiles that can give you this option as well.

Brighten your room up


If you find your kitchen or bathroom is looking quite dull, the backsplash effect can brighten the room right up. Especially, if you find a fun, bright style. Having a backsplash is also essential because you can cut down on your light bill if you succeed in lighting up that specific room. You won’t have to use your lights as much, especially during the day as the backsplash design will be bright and give off light.

How to apply


You may be wondering on how to apply the tiles. It’s straight-forward. For someone who has never done a project like this, it may seem overwhelming. First, you will need to prepare the spot, cleaning it up well. Then, you will apply glue (mastic) over the area where you are about to put the tiles. If you need to make cuts in the tiles to make them fit better, that is okay to do. Smooth the tiles over after placing them on the glue. Let it sit for awhile, then go view your finished product.

The backsplash design is becoming quite common. Many people hire a contractor to come in to install these tiles. However, that is not necessary if you feel comfortable doing them yourself. Save yourself the money and start installing them and finish in no time. To gain ideas for how to do a backsplash and what type of backsplash options are available, you can visit your local hardware store. Just walking around the tile area can give you some great ideas on the best way to install and design your next backsplash.

Remember, there are also backsplash options that come in kits. These kits are pre-designed and come with complete instructions as well as application techniques that will take you every step of the way through the process. Though kits may be more expensive, the do allow for beginners to learn the basics of this type of DIY project. For later projects, beginners can branch out into their own backsplash designs that will create a personalized touch to not only kitchens, but bathrooms as well. The options are endless and can be as open as your imagination.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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