Easy DIY to Transform the Look Of Your Kitchen

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Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

Ever since I bought my home in Iowa, I have always wanted a backsplash in the kitchen.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my kitchen and it is the main reason I purchased this house, I just kinda felt like it was missing something.

I have had several quotes from professionals to find out exactly how much a backsplash was going to set me back and it was always way out of my price range so I kind of gave up on the idea, kinda.

I still always wished I had one and would check out tile while at the hardware store but the problem was no matter how great of a deal I got on the tile, the installation cost was too high for my budget.

Apparently putting up a tile backsplash requires a bunch of tools I have never even heard of and would have no other use for other than installing tile, so it wasn’t worth buying these tools to attempt installation ourselves.

Just when it seemed hopeless and like I would never get my backsplash, I cam across Smart Tiles.

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

I was thrilled at the idea of peel and stick wall tiles, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to install, even I could manage this easy DIY project.

So I eagerly picked out my favorite tiles, I chose Bellagio Sabbia.

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

I tried to match up the cabinets with the browns in the pattern as well as the grays to match with my stainless steel appliances. I looked through all of the patterns and colors several times before choosing the one I wanted.

I was still kind of nervous because I had seen 2 other patterns I liked as well but once the tile arrived, I knew I had made the right choice!

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

The first step is to clean off your walls with a good degreaser to ensure the tiles will stick properly to the surface. Then you remove your switch plate covers and of course remove everything from your counters to have a clear work space.

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

After watching a couple of quick videos on The Smart Tiles website we started installing our backsplash. All we needed for this job was a box cutter, pencil, tape measure, and we used an angle square as well.

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

After adding the first tile which my husband referred to as a full boat throughout the entire job, we would line up the next tile, peel off part of the back, line it up, stick it to the wall, and then remove the rest of the backing while securing the tile in place.

When you get to an outlet or a window, just use a pencil to mark the spot you need to cut and use a box cutter to score the lines.

It really is as easy as it sounds and I am amazed at how beautiful it turned out. I feel like I have a brand new kitchen!

My favorite part of this project is how the wall behind my stove has been transformed, I think the stainless steel against this backsplash really makes the colors pop.

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

That photo shows what the area looked like before the easy DIY backsplash installation. I don’t even recognize that kitchen anymore.

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

The sink area has also been transformed and the backsplash is making the stainless steel fixtures pop!

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

This is one of my favorite Easy DIY projects I have ever done, the before and afters are quite impressive, if I do say so myself.

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

I also love the way the white trim pops and feel like the backsplash really tied the whole kitchen together.

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

So now that I have my kitchen exactly as I have always wanted it to be, I will be cooking and baking up a storm!

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

So expect to see a bunch of new recipes coming your way from this beautiful kitchen.

Easy DIY to Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

Head over to The Smart Tiles Website and make your kitchen dream come true with an Easy DIY project that can transform your home in a few hours.


  1. Jennifer Rote says:

    That looks great. I’m currently trying to decide on my new back splash.

  2. I love that! A great looking backsplash can completely change the look of your kitchen.

  3. What! I never would have guessed those were peel and stick! It looks incredible

  4. WOW! You did a great job – I love it! Getting nice tiles always does magic. I’m definitely checking out Smart Tile’s website. My kitchen needs a bit of sprucin’ up.

  5. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This is an awesome easy DIY kitchen makeover. I love the titles you chose and I would have probably chose the same ones too. These titles make the kitchen look gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your awesome new kitchen.

  6. Angela Harris says:

    Wow this made such an amazing difference. Like huge. I really love it! This is a fabulous idea, and I thank you for sharing. This is something I can do, and it wont break the bank.

  7. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I love the look of these! It really changed the look of your kitchen. I will have to look at using these for my kitchen.

  8. Those make your kitchen look so much better. We already have a tiled backsplash in our kitchen. It was added when they built our house. I will have to look into these for my next home though.

  9. that backsplash looks awesome! I Love how easy it looks to get done!

  10. What a transformation! I certainly love the “after”. I have to show this to the hubs. Our kitchen definitely needs updating.

  11. Oh wow, what a difference. I rent my apartment and even though my landlord said I could basically do what I want to update it, I don’t want to put a lot of money into something I don’t own. This however, would really liven my kitchen up and I could do it myself thus saving a contractor.

  12. Wow, this is super cool! I’ve been thinking about painting my kitchen but I think this is so much better than that. Will add a new look and save me a bit.

  13. We just did new laminate countertops and tile backspash also. It make an unbelievable difference in our kitchen.

  14. WOW! You really made an awesome transformation to your kitchen. I cant believe how great those tiles look compared to the before picture. The tiles look very easy to use as well. I thought tiles needed to be placed one by one. What a great product!

  15. Wow, what a difference! Your kitchen looks so awesome!! I wish I could see it in person 🙁

  16. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg your kitchen is looking pretty fabulous!!! I’m obsessed with how awesome your back splash looks!!! Came out so nice

  17. You didn’t go into detail about how it worked around your outlets. Do you have any pointers or information that you could provide? We would like to do this in a home that we are building BUT if it is too much a pain in the butt, we may pass. Overall, around how much did the project cost?

    • Hi Heather, thanks for stopping by! I should have written a little bit about the outlets and how easy it was to cut the tiles to fit and I will update the post with that information. Thanks for pointing that out! It was really simple and only required a box cutter and a pencil to mark the lines. There are some videos on the Smart Tiles website that show this process and maybe that will help you decide if this is right for you. Every project will vary in cost due to the amount needed for the job, I have a large kitchen and needed 40 tiles so this project cost about $350. Way cheaper than what I was quoted by contractors to install a backsplash. I am pleased with the results and am so glad we went this route.

  18. Backsplashes are one of my favorite diy kitchen updates that anyone can do. They are usually the first thing to catch my eye in a kitchen too!

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