Seashells collected during the homeowner’s family trips to the ocean were the perfect choice to create a personalized backsplash in a vacation home. Designer Kelli Kaufer of Kelli Kaufer Designs attached the seashells to the wall with an all-in-one sanded grout, available at any hardware store. No additional grouting required! “Apply a clear sealer once it’s dry to make the backsplash easier to clean later,” says Kaufer.
To create the blue and white kitchen the homeowners dreamed of, designer searched far and wide to find the perfect tiles for the backsplash. Finally, they settled on hand-painted tiles imported from Morocco. Then, they added brass fixtures to warm up the space.
Painting particle board with chalkboard paint creates a budget-friendly and practical kitchen backsplash. Write your to-do list, recipe ingredients and calendar events in the one spot in your home where everyone is sure to see it.
Designer Kelli Kaufer created this one-of-a-kind backsplash using her client’s prized collection of buttons (plus a few extras bought at garage sales and crafts stores). “I used a double-sided sticky mat,” she says. “Apply the mat to the wall and start placing the buttons. You may want to use the back side of the buttons as there are fewer ridges. Once the buttons are in place, apply a non-sanded grout just like you would grout normal tile. This will help hold the buttons in place.”
If you like the idea of decorating with natural materials, consider this unusual option: 12-inch “tiles” made from reclaimed coconut shells. “They’re very easy to install,” says designer Kelli Kaufer. “Following the instructions, you apply adhesive to the wall and stick the squares in place.” For simpler maintenance down the road, finish with a clear sealant. “They add great texture, creating an earthy look that fits the relaxed, vintage style of this kitchen perfectly,” she says.