Update your kitchen with an Easy DIY Brick Backsplash! This affordable project is perfect for beginners who are looking for that classic farmhouse style! See the full tutorial and links to materials here.
Easy DIY Brick Backsplash
I love a good DIY project. When we moved into our house I really wasn’t very crazy about our kitchen. The layout is awkward and the previous owners style was hard for me to get past. We contemplated ripping the whole thing out and starting over, but I had such a hard time justifying that kind of expense. I mean the kitchen worked, the countertops and cabinets were in good shape, it just wasn’t me. So, I decided to take on the kitchen as a bit of challenge. How can I improve a space that I don’t like on a modest budget? Turns out, it was easier than I thought.
I knew I needed thin (about a half an inch) brick, which can be tricky to find at first. I decided on special order Old Mill brick pavers from Lowes, you can now get them on Amazon too! The pavers come in several different colors so I mixed two colors to get a more authentic look. If you want your backsplash to look very uniform you could certainly just use one color, but if you like the feel of different tones you will definitely need to mix two or three different pavers.
I picked Rushmore, a pretty uniform gray brick and Castle Gate, a red brick that had more variation. I liked the depth the two colors added and since my countertops are a fairly “busy” granite pattern I thought the different tones helped meld the look better.
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Karen Murphy on Dec 27, 2020
The kitchen looks amazing and even low budget makeovers can give high end results with the right materials, textures, and imagination! Years ago we purchased an older home once used as a rental, so TLC was greatly needed. The kitchen, being the center hub of our home was the first big project, along with our main bathroom. On a budget I needed to focus on what stood out most, and cupboards countertop backsplash area were first. They were in great shape but being Oak the finish had worn off quite a bit. First we scrubbed any buildup of grease etc with TSP. This can be found in most paint sections and is quite easy to use and very effective. This preps for the sanding and primer step to ensure the paint adheres well. I chose an Antique white which complimented my faux granite countertop and mosaic back splash. We bought new hardware and hinges and we did paint the inside as well as they looked quite shabby and unfinished not being done as well! The result even on a budget was quite satisfying especially knowing we didn’t break the bank bank doing so! We are still working on removing the door insert of a few
cupboard doors to have a glass insert installed and glass shelving to allow the interior pot lighting inside those cupboards to shine through, that’s on my hubby or do list for sometime now. We also had a built desk are a removed and that area still sits awaiting a large built in pantry shelving area and a very antique door ive purchased to go in the pantry area, also n my hubby to do list! The top of our cupboards had also been dressed with crown mouldings which we created to give the look of large wide crown moudings without actually buying those super expensive ones at the time the hardware stores! The rest I used antique collectables of mine and my imagination, along with my own personal taste in design! We have had so many compliments and are very pleased ourselves!