When your kitchen feels outdated or tired, one of the best places a DIY’er can make a change is the backsplash. These 6 ways to redo a backsplash include ideas that you can use right over the old one! That means no messy demo, no risking damaging the drywall in an effort to tear out the old one, and a quick and inexpensive project. So use one of these ideas to make your kitchen look new again, or adapt one of these backsplash redo techniques for an idea totally your own!




Our feature project is a DIY wooden 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 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.

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Want a pallet wall look, without the upkeep? Katie from “Bower Power‘ did this laminate flooring backsplash redo 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!

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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 your old backsplash, from ‘Home Depot‘.

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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.

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Want a more traditional farmhouse kitchen type of look? “Fixer Upper” style? Then try this tutorial on how to install a DIY beadboard backsplash from ‘The Frugal Homemaker‘. She takes you through each step of her backsplash redo. She also tells you how to adhere the beadboard if you are doing it over existing tile or installing a brand new backsplash.

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One of the cheapest decorating materials you can use to redo a backsplash is paint. Lindsay from ‘Shrimp Salad Circus‘ 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.

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If you already have a tile backsplash that is in good shape, you just hate the color or pattern, then learn how to paint a tile backsplash from ‘A Beautiful Mess‘.

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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.

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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.

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And just to prove our point as to how high end this can look, here is a glass backsplash from ‘BHG‘! Want more help? Learn how to install a backsplash.

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Did you learn some great ideas on how to redo a backsplash? 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: Stylizimo, Cozy Home Chronicles, Home Depot, Pinterest, The Frugal Homemaker, Shrimp Salad Circus, A Beautiful Mess, Frugal Bits, BHG


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  1. Sheri September 19, 2016 at 10:32 am

    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!!

    1. Sheri September 19, 2016 at 10:34 am

      It’s ‘look’ not loos. I should have read it before I hit send : )

  2. dudie sipe March 7, 2017 at 7:18 am

    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!!

  3. Cathy Laducer February 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    What type of outlet covers do we use?

    1. Kathy Woodard February 27, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      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!

  4. Dave March 28, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Impressive as always! Love your work


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