Budget-Friendly DIY Backsplash Ideas for Kitchens

Last Updated on August 15, 2022

With DIY backsplash ideas for tile, stone, glass, ceramic, and more there are so many ways to update your kitchen without spending a fortune. Read on to find a kitchen backsplash that fits your style and budget.

budget friendly DIY backsplash ideas

There are so many easy ways to change your kitchen if a full renovation is not in the cards. Why not start by changing small things? In our homes, we have come up with all kinds of budget-friendly ways to update the kitchen without breaking the bank. In our old house, we painted kitchen cabinets while we saved to do a full kitchen renovation.

DIY Backsplash Ideas for Kitchens That Won't Break Your Budget

10 Options to Paint or Draw A Backsplash

Paint a Stone Backsplash– In this house, we painted our countertops to look like marble, painted our kitchen cabinets the easy way, and yes, I even painted the stone backsplash! Our backsplash was made of some sort of tumbled stone, which was NOT our taste. But we weren't quite ready to rip it out and replace it. So I painted the backsplash using the same method I used in our last house and have zero regrets. It's holding up beautifully!

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Paint and Stencil an Outdated Ceramic Backsplash– Back in 2019 I gave my friend Thea a super budget-friendly kitchen makeover (it cost just under $1,000 with paint, accessories and EVERYTHING you see). With a little bit of time and not a lot of money, we gave her outdated red tile a completely new look. Stenciling the tile was the perfect budget-friendly option and it looks AMAZING. It's still holding up perfectly in 2022!

People were OBSESSED with what we did to Thea's backsplash! They could not believe how stunning a simple and cost-effective DIY backsplash can be! I gathered some of my very favorite DIY backsplash ideas for y'all and am sharing them to give you the inspiration to give your own kitchen a face-lift.

DIY Painted Faux Tile Backsplash by Liz Morrow Studios. This is such a clever DIY. Liz traced a hexagon pattern and then painted the lines in to look like individual tiles.

hand painted faux tile backsplash

Painted Tile Backsplash by A Beautiful Mess. Mosaic glass tile backsplashes were all the rage for a while, but they can be a bit busy and distracting. Fortunately, you can paint right over them. I love this bright pop of color and the transformation that came from just painting the backsplash is amazing!

turquoise painted tile

DIY Herringbone Tile Backsplash by My Blessed Life. This kitchen went from basic to awesome with this faux-painted backsplash. I love the large-scale of the pattern and I still can't believe how simple it was to create.

DIY chevron tile backsplash

DIY Herringbone Faux Backsplash by A Beautiful Mess. Believe it or not, this dramatic DIY backsplash was created by simply tracing a template with a marker! It really looks like beautiful white subway tile. Talk about a budget-friendly backsplash.

DIY herringbone backsplash

Chalkboard Subway Tile Backsplash by The Blooming Hydrangea. This is another really inexpensive way to create a DIY backsplash. Simply paint your wall and draw in grout lines with a chalkboard paint pen. Super easy and super cost-effective!

DIY subway backsplash

Stenciled Backsplash by Lovely Etc. Just like we did in Thea's kitchen, Carrie painted and stenciled her kitchen backsplash to create this beautiful look! It just goes to show how much you can completely customize your backsplash tile depending on the stencil you choose! Carrie has actually painted her backsplash twice and both times it turned out perfectly.

Painted Subway Tile Backsplash by Two Feet First. This painted subway tile backsplash came in under $30! It doesn't get much more budget-friendly than this DIY backsplash project! And you are left with what looks like real, stylish subway tile.

DIY painted backsplash

Handpainted Slate Tile Backsplash by Reality Daydream. This hand-painted slate subway tile is an amazingly clever way to create your own backsplash for a fraction of the cost of installing a tile backsplash.!

painted subway tile backsplash

14 Options to Cover Your Existing Backsplash

Inexpensive Plank Backsplash by A Beautiful Mess. This DIY plank backsplash led to a dramatic change in this kitchen and it is easy to do on a budget!

DIY white plank backsplash

Landlord-friendly DIY Cricut Backsplash by Lovilee. Karen used her Cricut and vinyl to give her tile an amazing makeover. You can also get your own downloadable SVG to recreate her amazing project! And because vinyl is removable, this backsplash option is totally renter-friendly. It is even durable enough to wipe down!

removable vinyl on tile

Beadboard Kitchen Backsplash by Ella Claire & Co. At only $30 for the project, this DIY beadboard backsplash is a total win. It looks great, doesn't take a ton of DIY skill, and is incredibly budget-friendly.

DIY bead board backsplash

DIY Whitewashed Faux-Brick Backsplash by Blss'er House. Lauren has a great tutorial on covering your existing tile with faux brick paneling and then whitewashing it for an absolutely gorgeous finish! And you don't have to be an awesome painter to tackle this DIY backsplash!

DIY whitewashed brick backsplash

DIY Penny Tile Backsplash by Aprilshaus. Two best friends DIY'd this beautiful new backsplash and did an amazing job! I love the design and the shelf they added for storage and decor.

DIY penny tile backsplash

Vinyl Adhesive Backsplash by Being Mrs. Mcintosh. This renter-friendly DIY backsplash idea is GENIUS! It is so pretty and so simple. I love this pattern–but this totally customizable with whatever vinyl you love!

DIY patterned backsplash

Unique Chevron Beadboard Backsplash by Farm and Foundry. This is one of my favorite budget-friendly backsplash ideas! I love how she installed the beadboard at a diagonal to create a chevron pattern is so genius!

DIY chevron bead board

DIY Wallpaper Backsplash by Anita Yokota. This brilliant idea brings so much fun and color to a white kitchen! I LOVE the wallpaper and using plexiglass behind the stove to make it easy to clean is genius!

DIY wallpaper backsplash

DIY Peel And Stick Backsplash Tile by At Home With Ashley. If you love the look of a marble backsplash but it's not in your backsplash, cover it with DIY peel and stick backsplash tile. Ashley did it and it looks so beautiful!

DIY tile backsplash

Cover Ugly Tile for Under $50 by Door Sixteen. This is the ultimate temporary fix to an ugly backsplash! This renter created a faux wall to cover her backsplash and it looks amazing.

DIY renter friendly patterned backsplash

Peel and Stick Tile Sheet Backsplash by Mama & More. This kitchen got a dramatic update with simple stick-on tile backsplash tile sheets over old outdated tile. It's a simple installation with great results.

DIY peel and stick backsplash

DIY Driftwood Backsplash by Shanty 2 Chic. Change the look of your kitchen with this driftwood DIY backsplash. It is not hard but it does take a few tools. However, the end result is seriously worth it!

DIY driftwood backsplash

Laminate Flooring Backsplash by Bower Power. We loved the laminate flooring in our old home…and I love this genius use of it as a DIY backsplash. You can find laminate flooring at most home improvement stores or even order online!

plank wall backsplash

Peel and Stick Subway Tile Backsplash by Tag & Tibby. Looking for a low-budget backsplash option with a quick turnaround time? These peel-and-stick subway tiles are low-cost and only take a few hours to put up!

DIY white subway tile backsplash

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Aren't these options amazing? Even if it is a temporary fix (like these DIY self-stick tile backsplashes) until you can have the kitchen of your dreams, these easy projects will help create a beautiful kitchen you can live with. But they are also beautiful and can easily be a permanent project that won't destroy your renovation budget. For a fraction of the cost of retiling, you can simply create a DIY backsplash! 

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