DIY backsplash is a budget-friendly project

As you might expect, the kitchen remains one of the most expensive rooms to remodel. And no wonder: Between cabinets, countertops and contractors, revamping the heart of the home can be a budget-buster. But there are tasks you can perform yourself to save some cash.

With some basic tools and materials, installing a new backsplash can give a tired kitchen a new life on a wallet-friendly budget, and it’s an upgrade that most novice DIYers can pull off over a weekend.

Two experts walk you through the project from start to finish, but if you need additional help, you can turn to the pros at home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, which offer online DIY tutorials and webcasts on numerous projects that will give you the know-how and checklist of supplies to get started. Although both chains have long offered in-store workshops, these offerings may be limited or unavailable due to pandemic restrictions.

Getting started

From materials like porcelain and ceramic to patterns like penny rounds and subway tile, choosing the backsplash can feel more daunting than installing it. “Subway tile is classic and timeless,” says interior designer Shaolin Low of Studio Shaolin in Honolulu. “You will never be able to date when it was installed.”