Like many homeowners, Jessie wanted to make some changes to her kitchen but she didn’t want to spend a lot of money doing it. She and her family have lived in their home for about 5 years, and a budget kitchen update was needed.
Painting the cabinets was the first order of business. “We have a lot of white and grays in our home and so we wanted a more cohesive look for the rest of the house,” she says. But the newly painted cabinets made the white appliances look “dingy.” Jessie looked for sales and ultimately found some gently used stainless steel appliances on Craigslist to add to the new look. The couple also added concrete countertops.
A few browsing sessions on Pinterest later, Jessie was convinced the kitchen needed a little something extra. “A backsplash can just add so much,” she says. She knew she wanted a white backsplash and chose Aspect Peel & Stick 3×6 metal tiles in white. Although Ben is considered more of the “handier” of the two, and Jessie is more obsessed with the designing and decorating aspect of a project, installation was a breeze.
“For my first backsplash, it was great!” she says. “I drew the lines on the walls to make sure it was going to be level and the peel and stick application was so easy. I think it turned out really nice.”
Jessie is very pleased with how the kitchen looks today. “This project started with us saying we’d just do a little bit and then it turned into a whole remodel,” she says. “We are really happy with how it turned out.”
“When we moved into this house almost two years ago, the one thing I really didn’t like (at all) was the kitchen. It’s not set up logically, the cabinet style does not at all go with the house, and it’s very small,” she writes of her ‘before.’
She goes on to describe how easy the project was and concludes, “Would I do this again? In a heartbeat! I still don’t love the kitchen, but it’s SO much better than it was.”
Amy of the Barefooted Designer used our Fasade backsplash tiles in Hammered in Galvanized Steel. These vinyl panels are easily applied with double-sided tape or construction adhesive, whichever you prefer. She then took it a step further by painting them with a metallic paint she likes.
“One of my favorite things is that even though these tiles look convincingly like metal, you can easily pop a nail through it and hang your art or favorite find onto it. Just try doing that on your tile backsplash,” she writes in her post.
We’re impressed with the projects our customers undertake and their finished products. It really is amazing how much an impact a new backsplash can make in just a short amount of time and with only a little elbow grease. They are beautiful!
Do you want to update your kitchen without spending a lot of time and money? If that sounds appealing, a DIY kitchen backsplash is just the project.
Installing a Fasade decorative vinyl backsplash is one of the easiest DIY kitchen backsplash projects. Measuring 18” x 24” each, these decorative backsplash panels are available in a range of styles and finishes to match any decor. Lightweight and flexible, they install with double-sided tape or tube adhesive, eliminating the hassle of grout.
To install Fasade backsplash, first prepare the area to be covered so that it is clean, dry, flat, smooth and free from dust, grease, etc. You may choose to paint the wall where the edge of panel meets cabinetry, or install edge J-trim to avoid any gaps that show through. Do a dry layout first to determine where your panels will go. You can use a pair of scissors or tin snips to cut the panels to the necessary size.
Determine if you are going to install the panel using double-sided tape or tube adhesive. Regardless of which method you use, you will want to clean the backside of the panels using a paper towel or cloth and isopropyl alcohol. If using trim, slide the trim piece onto the edge of the panel. Apply glue or adhesive strips to the back and press the panel firmly into place when alignment is correct and squeeze out excess air. Finish installing the rest of the panels in the same fashion.
Note: Prior to installation, it is important to understand the overlap feature of each panel. Each panel has two 1/2″ flat edges (the longer flat edge is the top of the panel and shorter flat edge is the right side of the panel). Arrange all panels this way so additional panels can be added to the top or right side of any panel. When overlapping 4 panels, it is necessary to cut a 1/2″ notch in panels 2 and 3 to avoid an overlap buildup that causes a “bump.”
For ideas on how to use Fasade decorative backsplash panels, visit our galleries page.
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