Backsplashes add a pop of color or a unique decorative element to any kitchen. Most people opt for some kind of tile backsplash, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Tiles come in a variety of shapes and colors, and you can arrange them to make patterns or designs. Plus, some tiles come in 12 inch by 12 inch squares with meshing on the back, so all you have to do is attach them to the tile mastic – making them super easy to install. Tiles are a totally great way to update a kitchen with a great backsplash.
However, in my constant endeavor to walk on the creative side and think outside the box, I’ve meditated on other options for kitchen backsplashes. What other types of materials could I use to make a totally awesome, one-of-a-kind backsplash? At first I couldn’t think of anything, but then I started to look at some of the objects around me and the ideas started flooding in.
Soda or beer bottle caps
I don’t know why, but for years I’ve saved bottle caps from various pops and beers I’ve had. After thinking about them more, bottle caps are kind of like tiny 1-by-1-inch tile. Making a bottle-cap backsplash is pretty easy, too. Start by applying some tile mastic on the area you’d like to cover, and then firmly press the caps into it. Once 24 hours have passed, fill in the gaps with tile grout and let that set. The last thing you need to do is wipe the grout off the caps after about 20 minutes to clean them off.
I love this kitchen backsplash idea, and what a great way to display family pictures or your favorite vacation photos. You can start by printing off some of your favorite photos on photo paper and planning how you want to arrange them on the counter space in front of where you plan to work. Figuring out how you want to arrange the photos beforehand helps you later, since it’s difficult to peal the photos off the glue-covered wall. Then spray some decoupage glue, which you can get at your local craft store, on a small section you’d like to work on. Position the photos any way you want, and let the glue dry thoroughly. Lastly, after the glue has fully dried, protect the photos with a layer of clear acrylic spray.
If you love the warmth wood brings into your home, why not use it as a backsplash for your kitchen? From natural to colorful stains, or buying scrap wood from a salvage shop, you have tons of options. If you wanted a more upscale look, you can draw inspiration from wainscoting or clapboard siding, like an old Colonial style home. I even imagine that you could buy a giant log and cut it into thin, circular pieces (almost like wood tiles), which would be perfect for a rustic cabin, or someone who really likes the appearance of natural wood.
Glass comes in so many colors and textures that I thought breaking up a bunch of it and piecing it randomly together would make an awesome mosaic. I’ve seen some interesting vases and plates that would work perfectly for a mosaic backsplash. Although they may be passé for your dinnerware, which is probably how they ended up at the thrift shop, you can turn them into a unique backsplash for your kitchen. If you want an even cheaper source of glass for your mosaic, save up empty glass bottles. Maybe you can find some broken stained glass windows at a junkyard. You could even combine various types of glass for your backsplash. The options are almost impossible to count!
Decorative plastic pebbles
At the dollar store, I noticed they had these bags full of glass or plastic pebbles. Some people use them to fill vases for decorative centerpieces. I used them to cover the bottom of my fish tank when I had one. However, you could buy a whole bunch of these to construct a backsplash. If you purchase a variety of colors, you could mix them up randomly or create a preplanned design in whatever shape you want.
Don’t limit yourself to a conventional tile kitchen backsplash. There are plenty of options for you to create a one-of-a-kind backsplash for your kitchen. Thinking more about what you love and incorporating it into your home design expresses your unique personality. Plus, most of these ideas recycle or upcycle some ordinary objects that we might just toss away.
Next time you upgrade your kitchen, try one of these backsplash ideas. They’re simple and cheap, but they make a huge impact in your kitchen.