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Backsplash on a Budget

by Sandy Boswell 11/03/2019

Once you have all the inspections and walk-throughs, sign all the paperwork, and get the keys, now what? Do you move in right away? Remodel? Upgrade? Just paint? Depending on your financial situation after the down-payment and closing costs, you might wonder if you will ever have enough to make some changes to your kitchen. While you save up for the big remodel, give your kitchen backsplash a makeover to see you through the waiting.

Consider one of these low-impact backsplash options

Stick on tiles: Whether you want the subway tile look, an impressive glass tiles mosaic, or standard square tiles, you can get the look for less with elegant peel and stick tile options. Apply SkinnyTile or Smart Tiles (available at DIY stores, specialty tile shops, and through online resources) to your walls. These stick-on tiles come in a vast variety of colors, textures, designs, and finishes from glass look to stone to wood. 

This technology gives you a three-dimensional appearance on a tile that is only 2mm thick. It resists humidity—allowing it to work well above the sink and dishwashers—and heat—so you can install it above your cooktop. These tiles stick onto drywall or over the top of existing tiles which makes your project even more straightforward. Although the manufacturer recommends grout when possible, it is not mandatory, so if the idea of having to grout puts you off, no worries here. All you need are readily available glass cutting tools.

Stick on wood: To give your kitchen a modern, farmhouse, or shabby chic vibe, consider all the options available with stick-on wood veneer products. Stikwood gives you access to a variety of finishes and stain colors. This real-wood veneer goes right on the wall and lets you unleash your creativity. You can find all the installation tools you need right at the Stikwood website or use what you already have.

Peel and stick planks from Plank and Millwork vertically or horizontally and you can cut them with a utility knife, although a miter saw gives you a more professional look. Create a decorative herringbone pattern or use whitewashed planks to make your kitchen appear historical.

Give your kitchen a shiplap-look with stick-on vinyl plank flooring. You will find extensive choices at your local flooring or DIY suppliers. The vinyl takes a beating and gives your wall the woodgrain texture you crave. Leave them natural, paint them white or try any other color you wish.

Once your project is complete, keep a few extras on hand in case you need to replace one or two tiles or planks. When you get ready to do your complete makeover, carefully remove your stick-on pieces and use them for another project.

About the Author
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Sandy Boswell

Hi, I'm Sandy Boswell and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.

I have been a real estate agent since 1998. I have been a multi-million dollar producer most of my years in real estate. I have earned the CRS, GRI, and ABR designations and am a member of the Greater El Paso Association of Realtors, the Rotary Club of West El Paso, the Texas Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and I serve a board member of the Paseodel Este MUD 3. I also am a part-time faculty member of the El Paso Community College.

Having lived In El Paso for most of my life, I attended local schools and graduated from Texas Western College. I received my Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. I taught in the public schools for eighteen years before becoming a realtor.

My family consists of a daughter, Kimberly, and a son, Brent, and their spouses and three amazing grandsons, Joshua, Jeremy, and Ben.

I enjoy working with both sellers and buyers and hope to make their real estate experiences both enjoyable and profitable.El Paso TX Real Estate, Sandy Boswell, Home Pros Real Estate Group My goal is to have a long list of satisfied clients whom I can work with for many years.

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