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No tile backsplash ideas -- part 1

>> Monday, May 2, 2011

Adding a backsplash is a great way to upgrade the look of your kitchen! When we think of backsplash, we think of tile. Tile looks great but can be an expensive affair. There are many more alternatives available today that can save you hard earned money, all while adding tonnes of style to your kitchen.

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Wall paper can give you a designer look that you want for much less money and less effort. It can change the look of your kitchen in a couple of hours!

But Wall paper can get  dirty when you use it as a backsplash in the kitchen. Here are a few things you would like to know when using a wallpaper backsplash. I got this info from HGTV.

  1. To get the best buy for your buck, check out the closeout section of your wallpaper store. There is not a lot of surface to cover, so you might get what you are looking for at a much lesser price.
  2. Use polyurethane to coat the wall paper, so that it is easier to clean.
  3. If your cabinets do not go all the way to the top, let the wall paper continue to the ceiling, just like in image 2 in the collage above.

Cork is great alternative. You can use cork floor tiles. If you have the patience you can also create a backsplash with wine cork stoppers. Your backsplash can now function as a bulletin board too! A great place to pin your menu,recipes and To Do list. You might want to use a sealant to protect it from splashes.
 Landeeseelandeedo decided to stencil her backsplash. Such a brilliant idea! I love the quaterfoil stencil that she used. Who says you cannot have art/pictures in the Kitchen!

Beadboard looks great in a country kitchen. You even get wallpaper that looks like beadboard.

Do you want to know more great ways to dress up your backsplash? Hit the follow button, so you do not miss part 2.

Do not forget to enter the giveaway. $27 store credit from Cmmoca's handmade shop.


Photo credits: HGTV, Decorpad.com, Design-Crisis.com, Country Living, BHG 

53 comments:

Lindsay May 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM  

Thanks for stopping by & checking out my loft! You have some really great ideas on here! Can't wait to check out all of them!

the lowes May 2, 2011 at 1:20 PM  

i love all these ideas!!!! thanks for sharing so much inspiration!

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging May 3, 2011 at 6:45 AM  

Thanks for writing about an interesting topic. Great collection of ideas.

Andrea . Charcoal and crayons May 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM  

Some great ideas! I was thinking of saving up for tile down the road, but now I'm definitely reconsidering. Thanks!

Studio H May 4, 2011 at 7:44 AM  

Love this post! Just found you on a Wednesday Blog hop and I'm now following!!

Karla May 4, 2011 at 7:48 AM  

Joining you from the Wednesday Blog Hop! http://teched4kids.com

Upscale Downhome May 4, 2011 at 8:09 AM  

I liked the idea of continuing the wallpaper to the bulkhead above the cabinets like in picture 2 with the trees wallpaper. Beautiful look! I would love to change my back splash because it is avocado green tile but I know it would have a domino effect to the entire kitchen and it's not as bad as it sounds...

Kimberly Moore May 4, 2011 at 1:26 PM  

Such a creative idea PLUS way less of a commitment! Using a geometric pattern can almost create a faux tile appearance too. Thanks for sharing!

Kimberly
thirdfloordesignstudio.blogspot.com

Kristie at The Decorologist.com May 4, 2011 at 6:55 PM  

i often have my clients do beadboard for backsplashes - great for farmhouse or nantucket feel! i guarantee it's a lot easier than doing a stencil there - although that quatrefoil pattern looks awesome!

Aaron May 4, 2011 at 7:46 PM  

These are all great. I'm so afraid to tile. Stenciling seems way easier and it may be nice to have something less permanent.

Condo Blues May 5, 2011 at 6:30 AM  

I painted my kitchen back splash with black chalkboard paint. It was supposed to be a temporary fix but we love it so much we're keeping it!

SallyLeeByTheSea.com May 5, 2011 at 10:11 PM  

These are some great ideas, we're thinking of doing bead board but haven't quite decided yet.

Happy Inspiration Friday from your newest follower

CarliAlice @ GG2Life May 6, 2011 at 3:58 AM  

I love these ideas! I desperately need a backboard in my kitchen but keep thinking tile. This is making me rethink. I'm a new follower from Hop Along Friday. http://www.grandmasguidetolife.blogspot.com

At The Picket Fence May 6, 2011 at 7:36 AM  

Oh, you have no idea how perfectly timed this is! Heather and I were just discussing options for her backsplash as she is currently making over her kitchen. I am going to be sending her over here to see all of the great inspiration! Thanks so much for linking it up to the party this week! :-)
Vanessa

Innkeeper Seely May 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

I made a backsplash out of old mirrors. The mirrors were those super cheap mirrors that are about 48x13, a little molding above and below to fill out the area like a picture frame and I had an easy to clean light, reflecting back splash in a tiny kitchen.

Robin May 7, 2011 at 4:01 AM  

Love all these ideas...beadboard wallpaper? How brilliant!
xoxo
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

Ann from On Sutton Place May 7, 2011 at 8:48 AM  

Hi...I'm visiting from Inspiration Friday and am a new follower. I have a tile backsplash now but would LOVE to have beadboard. I know it's going to be a big mess tearing out the tile but I really want to do it. Hopefully I'll get up my nerve soon! If you have time come visit my blog and enter my giveaway...nice to meet you! ~Ann

Sherilyn May 8, 2011 at 9:20 PM  

I hope you don't mind but I loved this post and idea so much I featured it on my blog.It will post on Monday 10am Pacific time www.fallingdownhouse.blogspot.com

Stacey - Elle Belle May 22, 2011 at 6:35 PM  

Love these ideas! We completely remodeled our kitchen ages ago but still dont have a backsplash because I couldnt commit... wallpaper is the perfect solution

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