DIY Wooden Backsplash

3 Materials
4 Hours

If your looking for an inexpensive way to upgrade your kitchen this DIY backsplash is a fraction of the cost per tile and has a major WOW factor!

Video Link

Here is a link to my DIY video showing you exactly how to get this look!

Cut Your Tiles

DO NOT OPERATE THE TABLE SAW IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW** Ask for help and practice proper PPE

I am a licensed Carpenter by trade.

I cut my boards down to 3 1/2 inches wide (they are 1 inches thick)

BUT the trick to this DIY is once they are cut to width you will then turn them on their 1inch edge, raise your blade and cut them into TWO boards. Now instead of having just one board thats 3 1/2 inches wide you have two.

How thick they are doesn't matter because its not structural and this allows you to only need to buy HALF of the square footage you need because you turn one board into two.

Cut to Length

Then I cut my tiles to 6 inches long so i end up with 3/12 wide by 6in length and just under 1/2 thick.


Then I stained each piece. I used three different color stains that I had to create dimensions when I put them on the wall. light medium and dark

I suggest staining them first instead of staining them on the wall, a lot less mess this way.


Once all of your pieces are dried, bring them inside and start to glue them on with PL Premium (Construction grade adhesive)

TIP: Once your pieces are dry you can top coat them in a waterproof shellac the same way, before they go on OR you can wait and do it when they are all in place on your backsplash


Your all done! For a fraction of the cost you can really make your backsplash pop!

Click the video link in the beginning of my tutorial to see how i cut out around the outlets, its a great how-to when you can see it happening.

Happy DIY-ing!

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Have a question about this project?

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  • Mecy
    on May 29, 2020

    I love the idea and I’m going to try it. ? Can you tell me the size of the boards ? Thank you

  • Kimmyk
    on Jul 3, 2020

    Is there any need to grout in between?

    • Anna Banana
      on Aug 26, 2020

      I think so, and this needs done before the final finish, whether paint or stain

  • Anna Banana
    on Aug 26, 2020

    Couldn't you purchase your boards half an inch thick already? And have them cut at the store? I know Home Depot would cut wood for you.

    Do you have to caulk gaps between the boards once on the wall?

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