Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Backsplashes December 09, 2017 13:58:38
Ask about wear and tear. How easily can you clean the tile and what is the best way to seal it? Ceramic tile doesn t need this extra step but natural tile does if you want to maintain its appearance. "If the tile is stainless steel find out if abrasives will scratch it and I would suggest getting a grout additive and sealing the grout itself so it stays fresh and clean for longer " Van Deusen says.
When you ve settled on the scope materials and style for your inexpensive backsplash design it s time to get to work. The only question remaining is who s actually going to do the work in question. A DIY backsplash installation will save you a significant amount of money versus hiring a contractor to install your backsplash design. Depending on the complexity of the design the surface area that needs to be covered and your general handiness you may be able to install the backsplash yourself without too much trouble. Conversely if you don t have the requisite time or expertise to install the backsplash you may need to hire a contractor which will likely impact your bottom line and other considerations like scope and materials.
Wood is another fairly inexpensive option for your backsplash. This really brings in a warm rustic feel to your kitchen. This option would work best in a space that doesn t already have wood or laminate floors but you could really get creative with the type of wood as well as the placement of the wood (vertical horizontal or even a zigzag placement).
Once you ve settled on the scope of your creative backsplash project you re free to start brainstorming ideas for the materials and theme of the backsplash. It s definitely possible to install a creative backsplash using common materials like ceramic tile or stone in traditional styles like mosaic or subway but if you re looking to flex your creative muscles you ll likely want to explore more non-traditional materials. Reclaimed and repurposed materials—from punched tin ceiling tiles to things like bottle caps coasters used gift cards and even pennies—can make for an impressively creative and visually appealing backsplash in your kitchen. Most creative backsplash ideas that incorporate found materials like these will require some DIY investment from you in terms of time (to research and find the right materials) and budget (to purchase the materials unless they re already in abundant supply). But what you spend in terms of sweat equity and research time you ll more than make up for in cost savings by not having to hire a contractor or pay high prices for more traditional materials.
Creative backsplashes don t have to be made from found items though—they can be much simpler but just as colorful and visually appealing. Many homeowners looking to add a uniquely creative design to their kitchen have begun to feature "paper" backsplashes. Featuring interesting designs and bold colors on materials like heavy duty scrapbook paper old newspaper pages or even magazine image collages these backsplashes provide plenty of visual punch at a fraction of the cost of ones constructed from tile metal or stone. If you find this approach appealing all you ll need to do is procure the paper glue or paste it to the wall then coat it with a finish that will protect the paper and allow you to easily wipe it clean.
If your budget breaks through the ceramic tile ceiling you may want to consider granite tile or other natural materials. Popular for kitchen countertops and floors granite travertine or even marble tile are often employed in backsplash design providing an elegant and durable option and a high-end look. All of the kinds of natural stone tiles are available in a range of colors and textures from slate-like matte finishes to rougher pebbled designs. Color choices are nearly inexhaustible as well and many granite retailers can find or even dye their products based on your needs if you don t see the shade you re looking for on site.