Kitchen Design Updates On A Budget

Say goodbye to those empty, boring walls

Home renos and design updates can be a real hassle. And whether you're fully remodeling or just making a few decor upgrades, it can also end up costing a fortune. Luckily, we have a  solution to give your space a fresh, new look without breaking the bank.

For a quick and easy way to refresh your kitchen, add tile to your kitchen walls.

From intricate designs to simple textures, there's a style that fits any kitchen decor and can usually be done for under $500 depending on the size of the job. And thanks to the wide selection available at hardware stores and online, you can get your dream kitchen without searching high and low. Here are some tips to get you started.

① Go the DIY route.

Installing tile in your kitchen is not as hard as it sounds, and since most pieces can go directly over drywall, you can easily install it yourself. Start by figuring out your preferred layout and whether or not you want to tile an entire wall or just a small section. Make sure your walls are clean, dry and prepped with a paint primer. Then, follow the guidelines provided by the manufacturer and apply your tile. By handling the installation yourself, you'll save big time on cost. You can find cheap, cute tile on sites like Wayfair or Etsy, or often at antiques shops.

② Turn tile into artwork.

Instead of covering a whole wall or backsplash, save money by using a smaller amount of mosaic tile to create a fun accent piece. It's easy to assemble and install, and is the perfect way to add a pop of color or make a statement in your space. This will also add texture to flat painted walls, so give them a fresh coat of paint before you begin.

③ Paint the tile that's already on your wall.

If you already have white tile in your kitchen, you can easily transform that blank backsplash into a beautiful statement piece by painting over it with a solid color like red, gray or green, or add texture or patterns using a stencil and painter's tape. You may have to shell out a little dough for a good-quality adhesion primer and oil or latex paint, but the results will be worth it.

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