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Budget Decorating

Backsplash Decorating  

By Kathy Wilson

If you have a boring builders kitchen backsplash you would like to update, but are decorating on a budget, here are some great ideas to create a one of a kind custom look for your kitchen with creative backsplash decorating!

Use cast off or leftover tiles to make a mosaic backsplash for your kitchen or bath. Break tiles into smaller pieces, and attach to the backsplash area on whatever pattern you choose with a silicone caulk. Grout and seal the backsplash as you would any ordinary tile job. If your leftover tiles are not the right color, prime, paint and seal them before you grout. Some tile shops will let you have their broken stock for free...call and speak to the manager and ask.

Use decorative plates from your own cupboard, yard sales, or even your dollar shop to create cottage style backsplash decor. Plates are easily washed, add style and color, and can be hung in just a few minutes.

Paint a simple mural in your backsplash area, then seal well with polyurethane to protect it from damage. If you don't have the skills to paint, use stencils or stamps to create a picture that fits with your home decor.

Buy a sheet of beadboard from your home improvement store, and then cut to fit into the backsplash space. Secure with small nails and paint or seal as desired. Get a custom backsplash look for a few dollars.

Paint tiles with sponges or tape off tiles with inch masking tape, and sponge or rag on watered down latex paint for a stone tile look. Seal with poly to protect.

A little time and a little creativity can transform your backsplash decorating into a budget decorating triumph! Create a custom kitchen look for just a few dollars.

Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and editor of The Budget Decorator. For thousands of free budget home decorating ideas, visit her at http://www.TheBudgetDecorator.com. Don't forget to sign up for her free newsletter! Also visit her at www.TheGardenGlove.com and www.Women-on-the-Net.com .  

 

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