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I don't know how inexpensive these ideas are but I'll throw them out for your consideration:
The primary theme among all these seems to imply that the biggest expense is labor and if you can "do it yourself: you can save significantly on things like ceramic or glass tile installation...
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P.S. Here's an HGTV slideshow on backsplashes that might serve as inspiration!
and while I don't know how "inexpensive" this is, here's another tip:
Use a matching 12” by 12” granite tile for your kitchen backsplash in combination with new granite countertops. It will not only connect the entire countertop area in uniformity, but will also help to accent the existing cabinetry.
Add Color and Splash With Tile Something as simple as a tile countertop or backsplash can transform a kitchen.
Tired kitchen? Add tile to perk it up. In this kitchen makeover, a tile counter and backsplash have been installed, adding a splash of color and style.
The creative possibilities are endless today thanks to a variety of tile and grout types and colors. For an added touch, tile can be extended as a colorful border around the kitchen window . To create a kitchen focal point above the stove, an eye-catching mosaic pattern can be installed.
1. The size of the mosaic is dictated by the size of area that you will need it to fit.
2. Thin set and apply the tile just as before with the countertop and window frame. Use sanded grout for the field tiles on the counter and back splash, and use non-sanded grout for the glass tiles. There is a slight shade difference in the two (the sanded grout is a bit lighter).
3. Mix the grout with a 1/2" drill motor and the rod type mixer paddle.
4. Apply the grout with a laminated grout float, and be sure to push the grout into the joints with the flat edge of the float.
5. Push the grout over the face of the tiles diagonally with the flat edge of float to cut off excess grout.
6. Work in small manageable areas, and continue t he process over the entire counter and backsplash until all the joints have been grouted.
7. Where the countertop meets the backsplash you should use a caulking with the same color as the grout. The sink is installed with the same colored caulking
8. Allow grout to set and haze over.
9. With a nearly dry sponge tool the grout to eliminate pinholes, voids, highs and low spots.
10. Do a final wipe with a nearly dry sponge pulled diagonally over the face of the tile to remove any grout residue.
11. Once the grout has hazed over, polish the face of the tiles with cheesecloth. Grout has to set for 24 hours before you can put anything on it.
Warning: Don't get the sanded grout in the joints of the glass tile because the sanded grout will scratch the glass tile.
Tip: For the glass tile inserts, you'll need to use a laminated grout float to push the grout into the joints.
Clever Kitchen Ideas: Easy Backsplash Transform unused kitchen nooks, walls and even appliances with these 10 affordable decorating ideas sure to perk up a tired kitchen. Kitchen designer Heidi Karpa shows you how.For a kitchen backsplash idea with style and a low price tag, consider vinyl tile. This project shows you how to create a backsplash design out of vinyl tiles. http://design.hgtv.com/kitchen/Article_detail.aspx?id=666
Step by Step Instructions
decorative outlet covers
tile cutter or utility knife
straight edge or ruler
safe cutting surface
extra outlet cover screws
Step by Step:
Create your concept:1. Take a tour of vinyl tile available at your local home or hardware store. The variety of looks is amazing. Stay focused on peel and stick tile. This is the easiest tile to work with. Helpful hint: Some tile options may need to be pre-ordered.
2. Bring home samples. Individual tile pieces are typically under $2 a piece. Reviewing them in your space makes the selection process much easier. Design tip: The backsplash area is a perfect spot to introduce an accent color or to tie together your kitchen's design elements. Keep in mind pre-existing design elements like wood tones, metal tones and wall color.
3. Select new outlet covers. Decorative outlet covers are a great way to increase visual interest in your kitchen and maximize the effect of this project. Make a note of how many switch plates you'll need. Helpful hint: Be sure to include switch plates with multiple switches or oversized outlet covers. Knowing this information before you go to the store allows you to purchase with confidence.
Purchase your materials:
1. Depending upon the amount of backsplash area you wish to cover, one or two boxes will be all you need for the project. It's always better to have extra material on hand.
2. Purchase your new outlet covers. Critical step: Purchase extra screws that fit the outlet covers but are a longer than the ones included. The vinyl tile adds additional thickness, so having longer screws available makes life easier.
1. Clean the backsplash area thoroughly. The cleaner the surface, the better the adhesive will stick.
2. Create your template. Tape craft paper or newspaper together to make a complete template of the backsplash area. Lay your completed template out on your floor. Critical step: Make sure you mark on the template all switch plates and electrical outlet locations.
3. Using your template, start laying tile pieces out on top of the template. You're not adhering the tile to the template, but creating a clear understanding of how the tile pieces will be placed on the wall. This simple step allows you to maximize the visual effect of your tile and establish where cutouts are needed. Use full tiles for as much of the backsplash as possible.
4. Remove all outlet covers or switch plates before installation.
1. Start adhering the tile to your wall. Begin this process where the largest expanse of tile is shown. Typically this is over the sink area. Critical step: Check with a level to ensure you're adhering the tile to the wall properly.
2. Using a tile cutter or straight edge and a utility knife, cut your pieces as needed to fit within the backsplash area. This process is very simple because vinyl tile is easy to cut. Helpful hint: Having extra tile takes the stress out of making these cuts. Once all the tile is in place, install your new outlet covers.
3. Use a rolling pin to press the tiles on the wall. The added pressure makes the adhesive stick better.
Variations: There are other materials that are easy to install as a new backsplash. Cork tiles come in a wide variety of colors and are easy to cut. Pressed tin tiles are another option to review. Always review manufacturers' installation guidelines and materials lists.
For more great backsplash ideas visit 8 Fresh Ideas for Kitchen Backsplashes.http://design.hgtv.com/kitchen/SpecialFeatures_detail.aspx?id=12
Kitchen Remodeling: Painting a Tile Patternby Allison Beatty
If your kitchen needs a facelift, look no further than the wall above your countertop. With a little practice, you can paint a tile pattern on the wall. This is one home improvement project that even beginning painters can try. All it takes is a little patience and a steady hand. Or, for $300 to $500, a painting contractor could tackle this project in a few days. Just make sure you find a contractor with a little artistic flair. This is one kitchen remodeling project that can bring dramatic results.
Define the Scope of Your Kitchen Remodeling Project
Start by mapping out the area to paint. The wall behind a kitchen sink or a freestanding range is a good option. These are two potential focal points in the room and you see them frequently as you cook. Veteran home improvement enthusiasts might want to expand this home improvement project to include the entire wall space above the countertops. This takes more time, but the rewards can be even bigger.
Bring On the Contractor's Tape
You'll need to create a square or rectangular border with blue painter's tape, otherwise known as contractor's tape. This tape does not adhere as securely as masking tape, which makes it ideal because you are less likely to pull off paint when you remove it. This box becomes the outline of your canvas. Decide which colors you want to use--look for colors that coordinate well with your cabinetry and countertop or create an interesting contrast. Use one color for the tiles and the other for the grout lines.
Get to Painting and Finish Your Home Improvement in No Time
Paint the area inside the tape with the grout line color and let it dry for at least 24 hours. Then gently put contractor's tape over that section of the canvas, creating a tile pattern as you go. You can tape off evenly spaced squares or rectangles or vary the pattern by staggering the tile shapes. Then paint the wall area that is not taped and let it dry. Gently pull off the tape to reveal the grout lines you painted first. Then remove the tape around the border.
Here are some more backsplash ideas from http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dc_design_kitchen/article/0,1793,HGTV_3375_5856678,00.html?nl=HGDeco_v044_04
10 stylish backsplashes, from ceramic to marble
A backsplash is more than just functional — it can up the style quotient of the hardest-working room in your home. Cover the dull expanse between your cabinets and counters with these fresh, appealing options.
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