DIY Kitchen Back Splash on a Budget

Hello hello friends from all over! I am SO excited to share this post with you - although it's slightly different than what you're used to seeing from me. 

Over the past year or so I've been slowly (turtle-speed slow) re-doing my little house - which has involved mostly painting, both walls and trim. Needless to say, I hate that part - which is why it's taken over a year and still isn't complete. BUT, the majority is, which has led me to more fun budget-friendly DIY projects. Which in-turn, leads me to this post - how I created my new back splash on a pretty strict budget.

While I would LOVE some cool tile or glass back splash, it's just not feasible right now. However, I recently found out about faux-tiles. What??? Faux tiling? Yes, it's a thing and absolutely for those who are needing some inexpensive and easy DIY home projects.

Did you know you can find faux tile at a variety of places including Home Depot and Wal-Mart? Home Depot DEFINITELY has more in-store options, but I just happened to like the black-and-white mosaic option I found at Wal-Mart. Their price was just under $20 per package (4 sheets, 10.5"x10.5" each) and I used three packages (so just under $60 total). Just an FYI, numerous stores, including both Home Depot and Wal-Mart have dozens of options online, I just wanted to see/touch what I was getting.

Aside from time, the only other supply I used was a retractable utility knife (only a few bucks if you do not already have one).

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You guys, hanging these couldn't be easier - at least on your more open areas. I admit, the more cutting I had to do, the trickier it got. Some areas (going up the side of my window in particular), although I did measure the amount of tile I needed, I "eyeballed" my cuts as for some reason, when I did the measure-and-cut method, my strips kept coming out crooked. I know that's exactly opposite of what you would think, but, it worked for me. I'd like to say my sheets were crooked (obviously), but I'm fairly certain it was actually user error:) 

I did have a few trouble areas where I just couldn't get things lined up properly, but I think I'm (hopefully) the only one who will ever be able to notice those particular spots.

Stay tuned for goal is to bring you at least one affordable DIY per month - yay!!!


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