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
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
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
Paint tiles with sponges or tape off tiles with ¼ 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
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