Hacks Kitchen After

Published on December 27th, 2013 | by Anna


Easy Backsplash

Kitchen After

So we redid our kitchen about 2 years ago, but we only put up one line of kitchen tiles (because the store had only one box at the time) and we said that when we have time we would put the rest up…(Lol) 2 years later… that never happened.

Kitchen before

Due to the fact that I get bored of things very quickly I thought I might DIY it.

Yesterday, I started painting and thought I would paint some flowers or shapes… but who am I kidding… I can’t draw even if my life counted on it….

I got so frustrated about it, I just left it and said “I’ll do it in the next 2 years”.
Got up this morning, and as I was having a cup of coffee, I saw my place mats… IDEA!!! Off to Ikea I go…
I found these striped black and silver place mats which were perfect (and only for 0.99 euro!!!)

What I did was to get the place mats (Total of 10 for my kitchen) and cut them down to the exact size of the space between the tiles and the upper cabins, and stuck double sided the tape (you can also use a glue gun or silicone) on the back and onto the wall.

And here we have the finished project! Hope you like!!!

Kitchen siply's

It’s so easy, no tiles, no mess, no fuss and it only took me an hour to do.

The best 3 things about this Hack:
1. It’s Cheap!!! (each mat cost 0.99 euro at Ikea and I already had the tape and the scissors) Total cost: 9.90 Euro.
2. Very easy to clean… chuck them into the dish washer and stick them back on the wall (you can’t do that with tiles can you???)
3. If and when I get bored of the pattern or colors, just make a quick visit to Ikea and get new place mats.

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11 Responses to Easy Backsplash

  1. Anna says:

    thats what i wanted! thanx for the like!

  2. Anna says:

    they melted??? that’s never happened to me…

  3. Anna says:

    thanx, about the velcro… it would be the same thing as you would have to re-apply.

  4. ratio says:

    Lovely idea! I am definitely considering this for my new kitchen. Btw:
    I like the fact that not all stripes are perfectly the same. Makes it more dynamic.

  5. Ulli says:

    LOL, sounds like my approach to DYI. Love the place mat idea. Magnetic strips might work as well (one commenter suggested velcro)

  6. Alottatrees says:

    I wish I had seen this before our trip to IKEA the other day! Great idea – Wonder if it would work over the ugly tile we have in our kitchen??

  7. MelBelle says:

    Thanks! I was trying to figure out how to do a black and white background in a rental kitchen – this was just what I was looking for!

  8. darlingdoll says:

    Love this idea. Thank you.

  9. debra says:

    It looks nice and the price is right!

    Placemats melted in our dishwasher!

  10. Timbooo says:

    That’s actually pretty smart. I was thinking of using some glass shelves as “tiles” but you can’t cut holes in them for plugs etc (tempered). You could make them look a bit tidier but cutting the ends to get equal stripes.

  11. Jo Jo says:

    Very good idea. I would use velcro to make it easier to place back on wall once washed. This will definately go on my “Apartment decoration to-do list”.

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