One of the fastest ways to update and upgrade a kitchen or bath is to install a new backsplash. There are so many options these days, from glass mosaics, to classic subway tiles, to peel and stick versions anyone can do. Yep, it’s a job, but it is one that can be done by us DIYers! So if you are willing to put in a little elbow grease, you could save hundreds of dollars and have a space that looks great, adds value to your home, and was done by you!


First, watch a video from ‘BHG’ on how to tile your backsplash, and get all the basics down.

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A different look… How to install penny tile from ‘Young House Love’. This type of tile can have a retro, industrial or even farmhouse look depending on the style of the room it’s used in. Great in bathrooms too!

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Rhoda at ‘Southern Hospitality’ shows us how to install a subway tile backsplash using a totally different technique than traditional thinset mortar. Much less messy!

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From Erin at ‘How to Nest for Less’ – Learn how to install a kitchen backsplash in a detailed, easy to understand tutorial with lots of great photos and tips! They used white subway tile, which works in almost any style kitchen. Great place to start! Oh, and they did the whole thing, including a butlers pantry for under $250!

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Kelley from ‘Our House Project’ shows us how to use metal tile edging. This is really important, because many of the trendy glass tiles don’t come with bullnose edges.

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And just when you think you are ready to dive in, ‘BHG’ reminds us that there are lots of types of backsplash ideas. This kitchen uses sheets of plain glass, back painted with a blue gray. This is a great choice for a modern or glamour kitchen. One of the prettiest kitchens we have seen was all white with the glass back painted a cool aqua for a cheery color punch. Lovely!

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Ok, last we have a backsplash project for you lazy DIYers. (Yes, my hand is up!) ‘The Bewitchin’ Kitchen’ reviewed a peel and stick tile product called Smart Tiles… Have you heard of these? They seem to be taking the blogging world by storm. They are gel based 3-d tiles that yes, you just peel and stick! Oh, and Randa here not only did her bathroom, but she did her kitchen backsplash with Smart Tiles too, and right over the old, outdated tile! Great tutorial, along with a warning to watch out for counterfeit products. They aren’t the same. (Read her comment sections!) Loving’ this!

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Once you have this skill down, it’s time to tackle our DIY budget kitchen makeovers!

Image Credits: How to Nest for Less, BHG, Young House Love, Southern Hospitality, Our House Project, BHG, Bewitchin' Kitchen



  1. Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen January 1, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing my post on the Smart Tiles! I’ll be sure to share this on my social channels. I LOVE Southern Hospitality’s post as well, I have read it a few times.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Kathy Woodard May 3, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Randa, you did such a great job!


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