When your kitchen feels outdated or tired, one of the best places a DIY’er can make a change is the backsplash. These kitchen backsplash ideas are ones that you can use right over the old tile! That means no messy kitchen tile demo, no risking damaging the drywall in an effort to tear out the old backsplash, and a quick and cheap project. So use one of these ideas to make your kitchen look new again, and adapt one of these DIY backsplash ideas to cover your tile with something brand new!
Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
DIY Backsplash Over Tile
If you want the easiest way to cover a tile backsplash, then check out tile stickers or decals. Specifically made to cover tile, they are easy to apply and look amazing! Photo by QuadroStyle. They also have a how-to available at their site.
Love this wooden DIY backsplash from ‘The Cozy Home Chronicles‘. They got their inspiration for this project from an Ikea display! Pay attention to their instructions on sealing this. If you plan to do this backsplash project over existing tile, you will have to make some modifications. Use liquid nails, and pay attention to the spacing to see if your tile and grout lines show through. If they do, simply make the spaces smaller, or eliminate them altogether.
Want a pallet wall look, without the upkeep? Katie from “Bower Power‘ did this laminate backsplash update that looks just like the real thing! Now they installed this over drywall with nails, but it could be modified to use liquid nails over existing tiles. You could then use nails once you reached a height above your existing backsplash. The best thing about this project is that these walls just wipe clean, thanks to the laminate finish. Oh, and she got them on sale!
Tin was once a very expensive building material, but now there are alternatives that give you the look without the price. The good thing about a metal backsplash is that it will hide tile and grout lines from the old backsplash, and can be adhered pretty easily with liquid nails or another adhesive. This is a PVC tile with an aluminum finish that you can purchase in large tiles, and then just attach to cover your old backsplash, from ‘Home Depot‘.
Loving’ this corrugated metal backsplash makeover for a more modern farmhouse/ industrial look. This was uploaded by a Pinterest user, but this material can be bought at most home improvement stores and trimmed with tin snips. Remember to slightly overlap each panel, then attach with adhesive. Fun industrial way to cover a tile backsplash!
Beadboard Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
Learn how to cover an old kitchen tile backsplash with beadboard, then paint it for a custom look! This tutorial comes to us from ‘HGTV’. We love the way they used this beadboard horizontally for a fresh look.
Want a more traditional farmhouse kitchen type of look? “Fixer Upper” style? Then try this kitchen backsplash idea on how to install a beadboard DIY backsplash from ‘The Frugal Homemaker‘. She takes you through each step of her tile backsplash update. She also tells you how to adhere the beadboard if you are doing it over existing tile or if you are installing a brand new backsplash.
Painted Tile Backsplash
If you have a boring old backsplash that you want to cover, consider updating it with paint instead. This kitchen backsplash idea from ‘Martha’ will take your plain Jane white tile backsplash into custom look territory!
Paint is one of the cheapest decorating materials you can use to redo a backsplash. ‘Two Feet First’ shows us how to do a $30 faux subway tile backsplash with paint! This is a great option for those of us who have that short little excuse for a backsplash which is really just an extension of our countertop. They show you how to remove your laminate backsplash like they did, but according to them, you can just paint right over it too!
If you already have a tile backsplash that is in good shape, and you just hate the color or pattern, then learn how to paint a tile backsplash from ‘A Beautiful Mess‘.
I love the modern, minimalist look of this DIY plywood backsplash redo from ‘Stylizimo‘. Plywood is an inexpensive but popular material in modern design, and this black painted version gives it elegance and a touch of drama. You can cover your existing tile backsplash with the plywood, adhere it with Liquid Nails, then paint it any color you wish!
Glass Backsplash Ideas
Another common modern backsplash material is glass. Beautiful and easy to clean, adding color makes it sparkle. Learn how to back paint glass from ‘Frugal Bits‘. This DIY saved her hundreds of dollars, and looks amazing! Remember to attach it with an adhesive made for the materials.
And just to prove our point as to how high end this can look, here is a glass backsplash from ‘BHG‘! Want more help? You could use the tutorial above to create this same sophisticated look.
Peel and Stick Backsplash Over Existing Tile
‘HGTV’ has some great kitchen backsplash ideas on how you can use peel and stick tiles to go over your old backsplash! Here’s another tutorial from ‘Smart Tiles’.
Did you learn some great kitchen backsplash ideas that go right over tile? Well if you want to tackle a whole bathroom or kitchen makeover, then jump on over to our posts Bathroom Vanity DIY’s and, How to Install a Backsplash.Image Credits: QuadroStyle, Cozy Home Chronicles, Bower Power, Home Depot, Pinterest, HGTV, The Frugal Homemaker, Martha Stewart , Two Feet First, A Beautiful Mess, Stylizimo, Frugal Bits, BHG, HGTV
OUTSTANDING ideas!! I don’t know which one to do first but I will definitely be doing a couple of them. I just stumbled onto your website, I already have it bookmarked and on my desktop. I can’t wait until I have time to come back and loos at everything!!
It’s ‘look’ not loos. I should have read it before I hit send : )
I LOVE my kitchen!!! It has a brick wall with a fireplace that is a double fireplace. The other side of it is in my formal living room. The kitchen is spacious, sunny and very homey. However…the counters are a faux butcher block laminate. YUCK!!!!! I don’t have the money right now for new counters. I am going to try the painted counters. Even if I mess up, I’m going to give it a try. It’s only paint. Wish me luck!!! Thanks for sharing!!
What type of outlet covers do we use?
You can use just regular outlet covers, we use stainless steel ones from Home Depot. You may have to get longer screws than what come with the outlets though!
Impressive as always! Love your work
I love that first look with the gray, blue and white and would like to replicate that.
Is that stencil available to purchase?
That is actually a sticker, and there is a link there in the post to purchase it if you are interested!