When it comes to changing up things in our home, we try to do EVERYTHING ourselves first, and on a budget of course! Having a large family, we try to save where we can while trying to make our home look like we spent a ton, haha! Isn’t that everyone’s plan?!
I’ve been wanting to add more white to our kitchen for years- and my husband made it VERY clear that his custom wood cabinets were not ever going to get a white makeover….sooo, I had to find other ways to brighten up the spot. First, we painted the walls a brighter color, Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. This really made the room look larger and brighter. If you have any small rooms that you’re wanting to appear larger, paint a lighter color! (If there isn’t a lot of natural light getting to the room, make sure to go lighter! Everything will look darker than you’re wanting when you have no natural light reflection off of the walls.)
After we painted, I stumbled upon WallPops which we had used for a wallpaper in our toy room, but found out they also carried faux tile backsplash! If you’re wanting to do a quality backsplash on a budget, this was made for you! With so many options available, you’re bound to find one you really love! We decided to go with a basic white subway tile backsplash to brighten up the wood and dark granite we have.
I won’t lie to you and tell you that this was an easy peasy lemon squeezy project…but so worth it! Read on to find out how to do it!
- enough WallPops Tile sheets for the square footage (measure and then order!)
- Box Cutter or a good pair of scissors
- Squeegee to help apply the tiles
- an awesome Father-in-law who comes over and helps you! (this one is optional, but really makes the project easier!)
Each sheet came with three tiles attached. We first started at the corner thinking that getting the most difficult part of the wall would be best done at the beginning. Wrong. The way that the blocks are lined up, the get the tiles to overlay correctly on top of each other (without a ton of extra work peeling back the prior sheet) these needed to be put on from the LEFT side of the wall to the RIGHT. Remember that! Left to right! Once that was figured out we saved ourselves a ton of time.
We made sure that that the countertop granite was levels so we’d have an exact line to follow all the way across the all, keeping the blocks all in line. We started with the bottom and went all the way across, then went back to the left and did the top row. Make sure to remove all outlet covers, and we shut the power off just incase. Cutting around the outlets was probably the most difficult part of the project, so make sure to measure twice, cut once! When you line the tiles up, each sheet has some gray squares. This is where you insert the middle block on the next sheet, making sure to line up the grout lines. (The sheets were VERY sticky, so measuring and cutting before you peeled off the backing was the way to go. It was forgiving enough to peel up a couple times if the placement was wrong, but not too many times or it would dull the stickiness.) It was almost like a puzzle getting the squares and grout lines to match up all the way, but again, it was WAY easier and WAY cheaper than actually getting a tile backsplash put in!
Though we had a level line from the first row of tiles, we did pre draw a line in the wall for the second row before we did any just to make sure everything lined up everywhere. After getting all of the tiles put in and trimming and cutting the necessary pieces to fit the top and edges, we went back in and filled in the empty gray boxes on the ends with white tiles so it completed the entire wall, and we were finished!
Voila! The kitchen backsplash was complete! (I went in the next day and changed the ivory outlets to white). It completely changed our kitchen and gave it a much brighter and more finished look!