Backsplash on a Budget

by Kim Archer 07/07/2019

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.

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Kim Archer

Real Estate Professional (17 years experience)

Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation

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Being a second generation Real Estate agent I have seen this industry evolve since the mid 70's. Repeating history as we blink.   Starting my training at such an early age along the side of my Mom and mentor Dee Petullo has taught me to be the Agent I am today along with the extensive training at First Team Real Estate's Success Academy.

Beginning my career in June of 2002, was the just beginning of my journey. At the end of the 3 month training I was awarded Top Listing Agent, Top Selling Agent and Top Producer from my graduating class and my office.  I was also awarded Rookie of the Year after being in the business for 6 months.  Dedication, hard work and a great team of lenders, escrow officers, title companies and home warranty companies has helped me become the best I can be. I have also had the honor to be part of First Team Real Estates Hall of Fame Top Producers since the very beginning.  I have also be nominated by my colleagues in Orange County as Broker Agent and had a magazine published with this honor.

As of 2010, I made the switch to Evergreen Realty and have continued to help sellers get top dollar and buyers achieve their dream of becoming homeowner.  Working at Evergreen I have achieved Top 10 agent on a consistent basis.