The Budget Backsplash Project

4 Materials
8 Hours

In the interest of doing Pinterest on a budget, I searched non tile backsplash. Tile is great but it a little more expensive and a little harder to do yourself. As I move upstairs into my bathroom, I will be doing tile and creating the e course on that, but for the simplicity and budget in a kitchen I chose a different path. After doing some searching on Pinterest, I happened upon shiplap backsplashes.
As you can see, there has never really been a backsplash.  Just drywall with paint is super hard to keep clean and dry especially behind the sink! 
I headed out to Lowe’s (I know, Menard’s is my favorite but they don’t carry true shiplap– so disappointing! )  The pine I found is $11.97 for 14 square feet.  I needed just about 30 square feet so I would need to buy 3 for a total of $35.91 plus tax.  While I was looking it over, I spied some reclaimed wood planking that kept drawing my attention.  I just couldn’t quit looking over at it and I decided that although it was more expensive, it was really cheap for a backsplash still.  This was $21.97 per 14 square feet for a total of $65.91. Design Innovations Reclaimed 3.5-in x 4-ft Weathered Wood Cedar Wall Plank .
I decided that what I used needed to be grey to go with the rest of the house and match the cabinets better so I chose Minwax Classic Grey Stain from Lowe’s for a cost of about $10.00.
I stained the boards and wiped the stain back.
Once they were dry I started putting the boards up. After all the boards were in place and nailed in, I sealed it with Minwax Polyurethane and caulked with clear caulk where the backsplash meets the countertop for waterproofing.
The result?  A fabulous looking budget backsplash for about $76.00 plus tax!
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  • Vickie
    on Nov 17, 2019

    Love the look. Is it difficult to keep Shiplap backsplash clean?

  • Kim
    on Mar 1, 2020

    I love the kitchen cabinets. I am debating on doing mine but a little hesitant. Is this chalk paint with a glaze. What color are the cabinets

  • Desiree
    on Apr 16, 2020

    Can the shiplap be put over tile. Thanks for your help.

    • Trish
      15 minutes ago

      I'm following this as we also have tile that's ugly

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  • Pam-ella
    on Jul 23, 2020

    It's beautiful but when we moved into our home, there was wood for the backsplash. I wanted tile & when we ripped out the wood there was mold under there. So just be cautious.

  • Kathy

    Nice & I love your cabinets too!!

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