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Easy Backsplash Ideas

Installing a backsplash of ceramic, porcelain or clay tile is expensive and time consuming. To create an effective backsplash, use material that is fireproof and easily cleaned. Install a backsplash quickly and easily, by using an alternative to the stone materials traditionally used as backsplashes.

Use wood paneling for your backsplash as an alternative to stone.

Installing a backsplash of ceramic, porcelain or clay tile is expensive and time consuming.  To create an effective backsplash, use material that is fireproof and easily cleaned.

Install a backsplash quickly and easily, by using an alternative to the stone materials traditionally used as backsplashes. 


Thermoplastic or Metal Panels

Available in kits, panels made of metal or heat-resistant thermoplastic make nice looking backsplashes.  They are easily installed by the average do-it-yourself homeowner without any special tools.

Simply cut them with regular scissors, and glue them to the wall. 


Vinyl Tiles

Available in a wide range of colors and styles, vinyl tiles usually used on the floor make an attractive backsplash.  Cut the tiles with a simple utility knife, if needed, and adhere them to the wall with regular vinyl adhesive.


Peel and Stick Metal Tiles

Easily cut to size with a kitchen scissors, peel and stick metal tiles make a convenient backsplash.  They come in 4 1/4-inch squares and are easily installed; simply peel off the adhesive backing, and press the tiles in place.


Wood Paneling

Wood paneling, such as wainscoting or beadboard, is installed as a kitchen backsplash.  Because of the nature of wood, it is best to paint paneling used as a kitchen backsplash to protect it from stains and moisture, or finish it with a marine varnish that resists moisture.

Floor boards normally used for hardwood floors are installed vertically on the walls to create a backsplash. 


Cork

Tiles made of cork are available with peel and stick backing.  The tiles are simple to cut with a utility knife, making installation a breeze.

The color of cork is easily changed with wood stain for a customized backsplash. 

About the Author

Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.

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