The kitchen makeover of your dreams is just a little imagination and elbow grease away. You don’t need a professional to upgrade your kitchen into something more modern. Adding or changing your kitchen’s backsplash can give it a completely different look. And the job is something you can do all on your own.

Going the DIY route

There are plenty of peel and stick backsplash options that require no building or tiling skills whatsoever. But kitchen backsplashes are often small spaces. So, busting out the grout really isn’t a big deal if you want to save money and do it yourself. You can find a tutorial on how to tile a backsplash on Lowes’ website.

Now that you know how to get the job done, you’ll want some creative ideas for your backsplash design. You’ll find endless ways to transform your kitchen’s backsplash online. We’ve selected our absolute favorites to give you a little inspiration.

Give it a fresh coat of paint

Painting your existing kitchen backsplash is probably the easiest way to upgrade this area. Painting your backsplash a solid color like white can make your kitchen seem airy and brighter. Using chalkboard paint will allow you to post the dinner menu or leave notes for your family.

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You can also try painting your backsplash the same color as the walls to give the area a larger feel. Another option is to create a painted stencil or sponged design. You’ll find lots of DIY articles online that show you how to create pretty patterns like a simple herringbone design.

Peel and stick tiles

The second easiest DIY kitchen backsplash option is to use peel and stick tiles. They came in a variety of different textures and designs that will look like you spent hundreds or thousands on your kitchen makeover.

The best part is that basically anyone can install it. All you need is to measure the area and cut your pieces to fit. Peel off the backing and stick the tiles where you want them. These types of tiles come in vinyl pieces that are very easy to cut and clean. They also come in faux brick designs, glass, and mirrored pieces.

Use stainless steel or tin tiles

Stainless steel or tin ceiling tiles can create an ultra-modern look in your kitchen. It creates a sharp look in your home while delivering durability. A stainless steel backsplash also beautifully compliments your stainless steel appliances.

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You can buy sheets of it from your hardware or supply store and have it cut to fit. Another alternative is using tin ceiling tiles for your backsplash. They often come with imprinted designs that are just gorgeous. You can even paint the tin if you’d like to change the color but retain the texture.

Get creative with mosaic pieces, wallpaper, or wooden boards

You can really get creative by using mosaic pieces for your backsplash. The possibilities for mosaic are endless. You can use stones collected from your backyard, marbles from the dollar store, broken CD shards, or even beer caps.

Other options include using different shards of broken tile pieces, colored glass, or broken mason jar pieces. You can also create cool designs by color coordinating your mosaic pieces into floral designs, a landscape, or a written message.

If you don’t have the patience to create a stunning mosaic wall, there are other less labor intensive options. One option is to wallpaper your kitchen backsplash. Wallpaper comes in all different kinds of designs and even has peel-and-stick options. Laminate flooring pieces or wood boards are easy to install and can also bring texture and dimension to your DIY kitchen backsplash.