DIY: Tile Backsplash

recycled backsplashWhy pay lots of money to have someone work on your home if you can do it yourself? If you’re like a lot of homeowners in the digital age who have Internet access and want to save some cash, you might head to YouTube or another DIY site when it’s time for a new home project. One great way to add a unique touch to a kitchen or bathroom is to add a tile backsplash.

What’s so great about a backsplash? Well, as the name suggests, they’re great to have in areas where water, food, or other substances are likely to splash on the wall. Rather than scrubbing something off of a painted surface, you just have to wipe down tile instead. They also double as great decorations, as you can make them match the wall or choose to get pretty creative with the colors. And, as cool as they look, surprisingly they’re not to difficult to install if you have the right tools and guide.

This Old House has a great step-by-step tutorial and video that both explain how to install a glass tile backsplash. Although theirs is in the kitchen, similar steps could be taken in a bathroom. What’s nice about their site is that it also includes an average price, time frame, and tools needed for the project. Their estimate is 5 hours a day over the course of 3 days. Price, however, is a little more variant, as you might have coupons, find better deals on supplies, or want something a little bit different than their recommendations.

If you’re in the planning stages and looking for ideas, HGTV has a lot of beautiful backsplash pictures on their site. They also have plenty of varied backsplash how-tos – especially great if you’re looking for one that’s eco-friendly or even magnetic.

Maybe it’s snowy where you are, or perhaps it’s warm and sunny, but next time you have a free weekend or few nights and feel like creating something new, a backsplash might be the way to go.


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