Adding a new tile backsplash to your kitchen is one of the quickest ways to dramatically update the room, and it’s about the easiest project for a Do-It-Yourselfer to undertake in the kitchen.
If you’ve seen all the kitchen renovations and makeovers on TV but have been intimidated to tackle your own home backsplash project, fear no longer, because we have the ultimate guide to get you perfectly prepared to spice up that little space in your house!
Professionals typically charge around $20 per square foot to install tile on a backsplash, so you’ll be saving yourself a good chunk of money by completing this project yourself!
Feel free to browse through the entire DIY Guide in the post below, or choose from these menu items to skip directly to the section you’d like:
- Tile backsplash material choices
- Tile backsplash patterns & styles
- The process of installing a tile backsplash
- Tile backsplash inspirations
- Tile backsplash video tutorials
Tile Backsplash Material Choices
Ceramic – the basic, standard tile for a reason: it’s usually the cheapest option, available for as little as $2 per square foot. But remember, you get what you pay for! It’s fairly durable, plenty enough for a backsplash that gets not traffic like a floor does, and is made to suit an unlimited variety of styles, from natural and rustic, to chic and modern.
Porcelain – a step up in quality from ceramic, porcelain tile is more durable and the exterior color is all the way through the tile, not just a thin coating on top of an inner red clay material like with ceramic tiles. Porcelain tiles can be found for roughly $5 per square foot and up.
Stone – natural stone tiles of marble, granite, limestone, or slate, can be used to create either modern or traditional styles, depending on cut, pattern, & method of installation. Stone tile can usually be found for $10 per square foot on up.
Glass – you can find glass in a variety of forms, including:
Mosaic panels comprised of some or all glass tiles
Even glass panels that fit the full height of the backsplash. These are much pricier, at $45 per square foot, and care must be taken to not screw in outlets too tight or else the glass can crack.
Tin – able to stand up to both water and heat, as long as you clean them regularly with soap and water, these tiles will last a lifetime. They are perfectly suited for creating a vintage style kitchen. You can expect to pay $4 to $20 per square foot for this material.
Non-Tile Materials – although this is DIY guide for tile backsplashes, there are some great non-tile alternatives including metal laminate, sheet metal, chalkboard paint surface, and beadboard.
Beadboard Backsplash, courtesy Better Homes & Gardens