Food, and sharing food, is deep seeded tradition of our culture. For this reason and the mere biological need for food, where it’s prepared and served is important. People take enormous pride in their kitchens. If your kitchen is in need of an update, try changing the backsplash to deliver a major impact for the least amount of money. Vinyl backsplash and tiles are relatively inexpensive and is an easy DIY project.
You will need adhesive vinyl tile, measuring tape, newspaper, marker, masking tape, tile cutter, straight edge, safe cutting surface, level, screw driver, rolling pin, and new outlet covers.
Design the pattern you want for you backsplash in a sketch before you go shopping. Search around for the best prices which may sometimes be online. The only downfall is not being able to physically see what you order before it’s paid for. You will find nearly any shade or pattern imaginable. Self-adhesive tiles will make your life much easier and will make for easier transitions in the future.
Sample tiles by bringing them home and visualizing them with your current design and colors. If there is a lonely color in the room, incorporate a splash of it in your backsplash to unify the room.
Measure your backsplash area. Some vinyl tiles will be available individually but most come more cost effectively in a box set. This means you won’t be able to get the exact amount. It is better to buy too much than too little. Extra tiles will come in handy if one gets damaged. Usually one or two boxes will be plenty.
Clean your backsplash area very thoroughly. Think of the self-adhesive tile like a sticker. If a sticker falls on a dirty ground, it won’t stick long to anything now, if at all. Remove your wall of any dirt, dust or residue. Sand down rough surfaces to allow a completely smooth adhesion.
Cut the newspaper to match the shape of your backsplash. This will be used as a template for your design. Now lay out your tiles on the newspaper. Don’t be afraid to layer the tiles for texture, dimension, and design.
Cut out areas for outlets. Cut your tiles to fit the template.
Place tiles on the wall, checking it with a level. Use a rolling pin to evenly and firmly press the tiles against the wall.
Replace outlet covers with decorative ones to match your new backsplash.
Now your project is done and you’ve made a home investment with a minimal mess and cost.