Ivonne Caillauda. Kitchen Backsplash. October 24th , 2017.
When you‘ve determined the surface area you‘ll need to cover, it‘s time to think about the materials you‘ll use. Possibly the simplest backsplash option of all—and one of the cheapest, as well—is to use paper for your backsplash. Now, you may be thinking paper doesn‘t sound terribly durable, and imagining the disastrous results of food spatter on it—but fear not, the paper you‘ll use will rest under a protective coating of clear shellac or varnish, so that it‘ll wipe clean easily, and the paper will always be protected. In terms of the paper itself, heavy-duty card stock with interesting designs or colors, or even old maps, newspaper clippings or magazine cutouts can be repurposed to great visual effect. The paper you choose should be applied to a thin layer of plywood that can be nailed to the wall, then protected with a clear coating.
If assembling a backsplash from uniquely repurposed common materials doesn‘t fit your plans, but you still want to create a fun and funky backsplash design in your kitchen, you may want to consider a backsplash of lacquered paper. Using heavy duty scrapbook paper featuring interesting designs and bold colors can give you an efficient, attractive and unique backsplash at a fraction of the cost for one constructed from tile, metal or stone. If this approach is appealing, all you‘ll need to do is procure some heavy duty paper, then glue or paste it to the wall. Once it‘s up, coat it with a finish that will allow you to easily wipe it clean without damaging the paper.
When you‘ve determined the amount of subway tile you‘ll need for the project, it‘s installation time. Subway tile can be anywhere from extremely simple to extremely difficult to install, depending on the material you‘ve chosen, the layout of the area you‘ll be covering, and the pattern of the tile. If you‘re a novice when it comes to tile installation, you‘ll probably want to hire a professional to install your subway tile backsplash. Alternatively, if you‘ve got serious DIY chops or have installed backsplash tile before, you may want to try installing the backsplash yourself for a considerable savings.
One of the chief benefits of a ceramic tile backsplash—apart from the protective aspect—is that it can add tremendous visual appeal, color and personality to your kitchen design. Many homeowners view a ceramic tile backsplash as a great opportunity to experiment with bold designs, patterns and colors. Also on the list of ceramic tile backsplash benefits is the fact that ceramic tile is extremely easy to clean—an especially important quality in any busy kitchen. Most ceramic tile backsplashes will simply wipe clean if meal preparation has left them spattered with food and grime.
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