Cottage Kitchen Refresh With Only Paint and Peel and Stick Backsplash!

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Our family bought and renovated our cottage on the lake over 20 years ago and some of the design choices reflect that. So this summer I wanted to give the cottage kitchen a refresh but on a budget!

This kitchen has had a couple different looks, mostly with wallpaper, but for the last few years this is what it has looked like, not this cluttered though – we started taking items out of the cabinets, but it makes for a better before right?

I used my favorite cabinet/furniture paint – Benjamin Moore’s Advanced Paint in Simply White. I decided to paint the island a dark blue/gray to play off the color of the lake and it’s perfect!

Once the paint was done it looked so much better! It was bright, and open and looked so fresh! 

Now time to do something with the backsplash. We wanted the look of tile but really didn’t want to actually do it. Also if I changed my mind in a few years I didn’t want to have to take it down!

I did some research and  SmartTiles stood out to me for quality and reviews. They also have gorgeous patterns! 

Using them is very simple. You simply peel that back and just put them on. You can easily cut around outlets and fixtures with scissors or an exacto knife.

Making sure you are keeping level, line them up and press! They really are super easy to install and look so good! What do you think?

What do you think? It's so bright and fresh in here now! I can't wait until next Spring to continue with more projects!

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  • Mary Mary on Oct 27, 2020

    Where can you buy SmartTiles???

  • Melissa Melissa on Jan 10, 2021


    Did you use any topcoat or sealer on the cabinets? Or is it not necessary with this type of paint?

    Thank you

  • Theresa Maria Theresa Maria on Mar 04, 2021

    What kind of paint on cabinets? Did you use enamel paint?


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