A few months back, Sweetie and I installed a new backsplash in our kitchen. After multiple samples and trips to tile shops, we finally found the perfect tile: pencil- cut slate. At 17 bucks a square foot, it was a bit more than we thought we'd be spending, and, because it was pencil cut, it was tricky to work with as slate has a tendency to flake. The eight backsplash installations in this roundup have neither of these issues. And some are virtually free. Check them out...
Katie used a sheet of flashing to create her backsplash. She picked it up at Home Depot for $12.
We've seen penny floors and kitchen countertops. It was just a matter of time before we saw a penny backsplash. Click here if you'd like to see a closeup.
This DIYer chose to use 6" x 6" of heavy scrapbook paper and Modge Podge to make her colorful backsplash.
This next one probably isn't cheap, but a DIYer on a budget could bang a knock off out for a fraction of the cost of fancy tile. BTW, it this backsplash is oiled oak.
Have you seen the bottle cap backsplash yet? Perfect for a wet bar, no?
Along the same vein is this cork backsplash.
Tova used mirrored coasters to make backsplash. Okay, at $645, this one isn't inexpensive, but it had to be included in our roundup for its uniqueness. And it's sparkly.
And finally, probably the most inexpensive idea for a backsplash ever: Starbucks gift cards. The maker, Spifftastic, actually glued them end to end on a sheet of cardboard and not onto the wall directly. Click here if you'd like to see a closeup.