It’s Thrifty Style Team time again and today I’m sharing with you how we gave our kitchen backsplash a very thrifty, very quick update using peel-and-stick tiles.
You know, like most people, the process of updating our home is one that is slow going. Oh sure, on TV we see entire houses being taken down to the studs and rebuilt in what seems like only a matter of days. But the truth is that, for most of us, budget and time constraints simply don’t allow for us to have all of these ‘voilà’ moments with our homes all at once.
One of the things that they never seem to show you on those home renovation shows is how long it takes for people to save up money to actually make changes to their home.
Throughout the course of our years as home-owners, we’ve always had to patiently wait to do each new project as we set aside money little by little.
And our kitchen has been no exception. This past summer we were finally able to have our 20+ year old cabinets painted. And I LOVE them (I promise a full reveal really soon!)! I really, really love them. But…..as often is the case when it comes to decorating, something new and bright and shiny can often make the old things look even older.
Suddenly, I had visions of new granite countertops and a backsplash covered in subway tile. But, here’s the honest to goodness truth my friends. That’s just not in the budget right now. Because at the same time we were saving to do the kitchen we were also saving for a car and also paying tuition and just generally trying to be good stewards of our resources.
So, I got to thinking. What was it exactly that I didn’t love about the counters and backsplash. I mean, the counters ARE granite after all. It might not be granite that I picked out but it’s granite nonetheless.
And the backsplash IS creamy white tiles which blend in so nicely with the freshly painted cabinets. But every time I walked into the kitchen my eye was going straight to the granite tiles in the backsplash which suddenly made it all seem very busy and distracted from the beauty of the cabinets.
And that’s when it dawned on me that perhaps a simple, thrifty fix would be just the trick.
So, off to the hardware store I went where I discovered an awesome line of peel-and-stick ’tile’ backsplash squares which can be cut to fit any size you need.
I made a template of the existing tiles and then cut the peel-and-stick tiles to fit right over the top of them.
You know, in theory it seems like it would be pretty amazing to just gut everything and have a clean slate and endless budget.
But, I really believe that there is so much more satisfaction when you have to wait to get what you want. When you have to set the money aside little by little, watching it grow until it reaches the point where you know you can tackle that project without wiping out your bank account.
Benjamin Franklin said, “He that can have patience can have what he will.”
I’m not sure he had new counters and a back splash in mind when he said that, but I think he would have to agree that even having patience in decorating counts as a virtue. 🙂
I’m so glad you joined me today at the fence and I hope you will check out even more thrifty ideas and inspiration from my friends on the Thrifty Style Team!