$50 Kitchen Face Lift

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Our kitchen has needed a bit of a face lift and I've been lusting after fabulous backsplashes lately (have you seen the backplash that my friends over at The Fix-Its just installed? Love!).

See how sad things look? Blah and boring. Unfortunately, our budget was a little blah when it came to this project and as you may know, a backsplash definitely doesn't come cheap. So, I turned to my friend Google and searched for cheap backsplash options.

I landed on a favorite blog, Young House Love, and a project one of their readers had submitted. Check out the quick and easy backsplash they did in a kitchen that looks JUST LIKE MINE! It was meant to be.


After I made Steve bust out the measuring tape in the kitchen, I went on over to Amazon and ordered some Handy Wall Tiles.

$45.96 and a few days later, our tiles arrived. And check it out: As seen on TV - you can't go wrong with that.



We grabbed some heavy duty double sided foam tape after reading some reviews of the tiles. I'm glad we did, as the flimsy little sticky squares that come with the tiles don't give you a lot of confidence in the product.


The tiles are about the thinnest pieces of aluminum possible. They dent and bend easily. However, they are also fairly easy to cut using a sharp pair of household scissors.

Needless to say, it was an interesting project. My fingertips were sliced with tiny little cuts from the tiles, my manicure was completely ruined, and I became a pro at prying tiles off the wall with a butter knife because I didn't stick them on there quite straight enough. But the end result was...


...awesome! Overall it feels so much more polished, pulled together and just complete.


Here's a close up of the tiles. So shiny and new!


For roughly $55 and a few hours, I was able to give our kitchen a fancier feel. While it doesn't rival a professional job, it definitely will do for now.

9 comments:

Micah and Catherine said...

Wow! What a difference $55 makes. It looks great.

Misse said...

Are you going to put it all the way to the cabinet?

Keg Design said...

cool idea! looks great :)

Laura said...

@Misse: Nope! With other things we already had on the wall (like the knife bars, papertowel holder, etc) we would not have been able to go to the top, and we can't really take those things down. But just adding the two rows really makes a huge difference!

e.louise said...

It looks great!! That is $55 well spent :)

Amanda @ The Fix-Its said...

Thanks for the shout-out! :) You guys did a great job!!!

Sugar said...

So great!!

Tiffany @ MakesMeBlush said...

Wow, what a transformation! It looks great!

BigAppleNosh said...

Really cool! :)

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