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Backsplash on a Budget

by Michael Rothstein, GRI 08/19/2019

Once you have all the inspections and walk-throughs, sign all the paperwork, and get the keys, now what? Do you move in right away? Remodel? Upgrade? Just paint? Depending on your financial situation after the down-payment and closing costs, you might wonder if you will ever have enough to make some changes to your kitchen. While you save up for the big remodel, give your kitchen backsplash a makeover to see you through the waiting.

Consider one of these low-impact backsplash options

Stick on tiles: Whether you want the subway tile look, an impressive glass tiles mosaic, or standard square tiles, you can get the look for less with elegant peel and stick tile options. Apply SkinnyTile or Smart Tiles (available at DIY stores, specialty tile shops, and through online resources) to your walls. These stick-on tiles come in a vast variety of colors, textures, designs, and finishes from glass look to stone to wood. 

This technology gives you a three-dimensional appearance on a tile that is only 2mm thick. It resists humidity—allowing it to work well above the sink and dishwashers—and heat—so you can install it above your cooktop. These tiles stick onto drywall or over the top of existing tiles which makes your project even more straightforward. Although the manufacturer recommends grout when possible, it is not mandatory, so if the idea of having to grout puts you off, no worries here. All you need are readily available glass cutting tools.

Stick on wood: To give your kitchen a modern, farmhouse, or shabby chic vibe, consider all the options available with stick-on wood veneer products. Stikwood gives you access to a variety of finishes and stain colors. This real-wood veneer goes right on the wall and lets you unleash your creativity. You can find all the installation tools you need right at the Stikwood website or use what you already have.

Peel and stick planks from Plank and Millwork vertically or horizontally and you can cut them with a utility knife, although a miter saw gives you a more professional look. Create a decorative herringbone pattern or use whitewashed planks to make your kitchen appear historical.

Give your kitchen a shiplap-look with stick-on vinyl plank flooring. You will find extensive choices at your local flooring or DIY suppliers. The vinyl takes a beating and gives your wall the woodgrain texture you crave. Leave them natural, paint them white or try any other color you wish.

Once your project is complete, keep a few extras on hand in case you need to replace one or two tiles or planks. When you get ready to do your complete makeover, carefully remove your stick-on pieces and use them for another project.

About the Author
Author

Michael Rothstein, GRI

Knowledge, Integrity, Results

Active in residential brokerage since 1985, Michael enjoys a loyal following of past buyers and sellers. Prior to entering brokerage, he studied culinary arts and
managed restaurants in the Boston area. 

Born and raised in Newton, Michael is very familiar with the Greater Boston area. His seven-day-a-week commitment to his profession serves his clients and customers well. His educational background includes The Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute, The Lee Institute for Real Estate, and The Tom Hopkins and Floyd Wickman Sales Training courses. In recognition of his completion of the prescribed courses in real estate practice and ethics, Michael has earned the distinguished GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) designation. He continues his long-standing membership in the National Association of Realtors and is an avid fly fisherman, musician, and outdoor enthusiast.