With a load of affordable tiles on the market and an overabundance of DIY kitchen backsplash videos on Youtube, you would think that it would be easy to install your kitchen backsplash. However, just because it may look easy doesn't mean there aren't any chances, you'll do it incorrectly.
Below are six mistakes homeowners make when DIYing their kitchen backsplash and how you can avoid a DIY nightmare in your kitchen:
A backsplash may look simple but consider the water tap above the stove, the outlets, or the window ledge, and it may not be as easy as you first thought. Each of these elements must be measured correctly and accounted for.
Make sure to measure the appropriate height and thickness needed for the backsplash. For example, if you choose a slab of marble for your backsplash, you might need to have the thickness reduced so that it does not interfere with the counter depth or appliances.
ProTip Takeaway: Always measure twice and cut once.
The backsplash is one of the first things someone notices when entering the kitchen; this is because a backsplash is nearly at eye level and placed on a vertical wall.
So, choose your colors wisely. The eyes are drawn to patterns; you can create designs with tile and reverse trends with grout.
Keep in mind that your backsplash should complement your countertop, not clash with it.
Moreover, before buying a tile, you should take samples home first. Leave your backsplash samples on the counter for a few days so that you can see how the light affects the color and if it attracts or detracts from the kitchen.
ProTip Takeaway: Create patterns with tile and grout for a touch of interest.
Installing a DIY kitchen backsplash always requires attention to detail. You need to install the backsplash correctly so that the water does not seep between the seams.
The lines need to match up, and the edges need to meet the countertops and cabinetry accurately.
Keep in mind that the caulk lines and grout should be applied with a steady hand and the excess cleaned off.
A word of caution, if you install a backsplash incorrectly, it can draw the wrong attention. So, pay close attention to details to ensure that anyone who steps foot in your kitchen notices all the good details. If details aren't your thing, you may want to stop now and call a kitchen remodeling expert.
ProTip Takeaway: Paying attention to detail is a must.
Just like any other project, installing a DIY backsplash could take a weekend or more. It all depends on the following:
Also, not understanding drying times, forgetting items at the hardware store, and not having the proper tools can certainly lead to longer completion times.
Do Not Use your kitchen while not having a backsplash; it can seriously ruin the drywall!
Always remember that before you begin, be honest about your skills and dedication.
You can also sign up for a class to learn more about tile installation so that you don't practice in your own home and ruin your kitchen.
ProTip Takeaway: A well-done kitchen backsplash project takes time, don't cut corners.
Before starting any project, you should read the instructions thoroughly and have all the supplies on hand. This will ensure that you are working efficiently and in the right order.
It does not matter the type of backsplash you choose; you still want to follow the instructions to ensure a tight water seal. Furthermore, you’ll also want to not the drying times and apply the sealants appropriately.
ProTip Takeaway: Not following instructions can result in a crooked or poorly done kitchen backsplash.
You may be drawn to the most expensive tile or a slab of marble in the showroom but keep your budget in check. You shouldn't be spending all your money on a kitchen renovation.
In fact, countertops and backsplashes account for about 15% of a kitchen renovation.
It's okay to have your backsplash look stylish, but shop around for sales, overstock items, or stick with a classic look that will stay in good shape and not lose value over time.
ProTip Takeaway: Plan your budget ahead of time to save money and get the best materials for your investment.
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