Reader Redesign: Backsplash Booyah

When Amy sent over her $100 backsplash makeover we were so inspired and just had to share. Here’s her letter:

I whipped this out in about five hours and am very excited about the results! I bought nine packages of these light, thin stainless wall tiles. The tiles include double-stick foam squares for hanging, so there is no messy tile work. Some reviewers recommended Liquid Nails, but I was worried about making corrections if thing didn’t line up properly. I can go back if there is a problem, but they feel very secure! You can cut these tiles with a pair of scissors and even bend the tiles! I snipped a cut on each side and bent them around a ruler to make a 90 degree angle for corners and to cut down the size on my top row. It looks fantastic, and now I don’t have to trim around an unfinished edge. One thing to look out for – here is a slight grain to the tiles and you will see a reflection difference if you don’t hang them all in the same direction. This was one of my easiest home projects ever! The entire 27 square feet of tile cost me $94.77 (with free shipping!) and I also bought new stainless switchplates to match, so my total came to about $110.00. Hope you enjoy! You’ve inspired a lot of projects in my house, but this is my favorite so far! Thank you! -Amy

Here’s the backsplash before the amazing (and amazingly priced) stainless tile makeover:

And here’s the whole shebang after Amy stepped back to admire the finished product:

Don’t you love how simple yet sleek that is? We’re excited to hear that it’s a quick fix for anyone (even renters!) who want to upgrade their kitchen and hide dated tile without breaking the bank. Thanks so much for sending the before and after pics our way Amy! What a lovely view you now have when you’re whipping up spaghetti.


  1. Jennifer says

    Very cool. Really makes the stainless steel appliances pop.
    I am planning to use white subway tiles for my backsplash. The only advice I’ve heard is to use dark grout so the white tiles pop more. That one never occured to me so I was wondering if there’s any other advice out there. I’ve never done this before so any little tibbit helps.

  2. says

    Wow! I’ve been thinking of something similar for my laundry room and this is great! Mind if I ask where Amy got her tiles from? Thanks for featuring such a practical and inexpensive redo.

  3. Tiffany T. says

    I think subway tile is classic and always a good choice, plus it’s easy on the wallet. You should go to the how to section of YHL. They have it there I’m sure!

  4. says

    This is awesome! What an affordable way to do backsplash! Then you can always change it out for tile once you have the funds. I’m definitely going to look into this for our house. We have a small kitchen so it wouldn’t take much $$!

  5. Nicole B. says

    WOW! Thanks for sharing! We are renting right now and the wall behind the stove is gross from previous renters. I want to put something up that can cover the nasty paint with out spending a ton of money! This may just do the trick!

  6. Amanda G says

    This looks fantastic. I never would have guessed they were just stuck on with foam tape. Brilliant!

    @Jennifer – My husband and I just finished tiling our shower with white subway tile and we used black grout. It was the best decision we ever made! It looks amazing and really helps the layout of the tiles pop. We are almost done with it and I hope to share after pics with YHL once its complete.

  7. Amy says

    I’m so excited to see my makeover posted! I don’t have a blog, but I put more pictures with a few explanations here!

    It has been four months and my tiles haven’t budged – the foam pads are working great! This might not be great news for renters, though. I’m pretty sure ripping a tile off the wall would do some (repairable) damage.

    Thanks for the positive comments!

    • says

      Thanks for adding that link to the mix Amy! And of course we’re so glad everyone is digging your amazingly affordable kitchen makeover as much as we are!


  8. says

    Very cool! I’ve been looking for some easy ways to update my kitchen (and my fab laminate backplash). I wonder if they come in different finishes…

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