If you want a relatively quick and inexpensive way to update your kitchen a new coat of paint and a new back splash may be all it takes to make that room look brand new again. New paint is by far the quickest and most inexpensive way to update any room, but by adding a new back splash to the room, you can give it a completely new look. The nice thing about back splashes is you have all kinds of choices from the old favorite ceramic tile to the new most popular kid on the block, stainless steel. There are lots more of other choices for a kitchen back splash and in reality your options are only limited by your imagination. Here’s some ideas on different back splash options for your kitchen.
Natural stone – Marble or granite are both beautiful to look at, easy to clean and resist hat. There main drawbacks may be the cost and the fact that the stone and any grout holding them in place needs to be resealed at least once a year.
Glass tile – glass isn’t porous so it resists stains, and is easy to clean. It also has the natural advantage that since it reflects light they will make your room look bigger and brighter. AN added bonus (if you are concerned about the environment) is glass tiles take less energy to produce that the ever-popular ceramic tiles.
The downside with glass tiles, is they are relatively expensive, and can be difficult to cut, making them potentially a job that a DIY’er can’t take on. Glass tiles will also scratch so their good looks may be fleeting.
Mirror tiles – Clean easily and ad lots of light, particularly to a small space. They are easy to install (typically just peel and stick) so are ideal for a DIY project. The downside is they are quite breakable and need to be handled with care.
Magnetic white board – Again a smooth surface that is easy to care for, they have the added advantage of providing a convenient message board for active families with just a dry marker that can be quickly wiped away. The fact they are magnetic means you can even attach notes or recipes directly to the back splash.
Chalkboard paint - Don’t like the idea of a white back splash? How about a black one? Chalkboard paint makes a good back splash because it isn’t porous and wipes clean easily with just a damp cloth. And once again it makes a great message board for a family.
Antique ceiling tiles - or new tiles made to look like antique tin or metal tiles. Available in all kinds of designs patterns and colors and can match almost any décor. Modern tiles are easy to clean and straight forward for a DIY’er to install as well.
Cork – Needs to be sealed and because it is quite porous can be difficult to clean. However, it can multi task and serve as a message board and it definitely provides a unique appearance. Cork is also hard wearing and has been used on floors for centuries.
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