Updating an old kitchen can be quite simple – without having to spend $15,000 on it here is some more interior inspiration for you all. You can add minor cosmetic updates like new cabinet handles, stainless steel appliances, a D.I.Y splashback and so many more small cost effective D.I.Y renovations – that don’t need a handy man or professional tradesman.
I’m going to show you how to master the art of the D.I.Y splashback – it’s easy and takes about 2 hours of preparation (dependent on the splashback size) and about $45 in material.
First step is to choose the tile design, we went for a modern green/blue tile to blend in with the neutral palette already existing in this apartment kitchen (personally, I like this green/blue colour of an evening when the oven lights are on and I’m spending time in the kitchen.) So now clean the surface of the wall with a damp soapy sponge and wait for it to dry before measuring up and penciling where you would the tiles to go on your wall. Place some rags below the surface for any spillage (there will be quite a lot if this is your first time wall tiling), then start by prepping the surface of the wall with a wall tile adhesive (we used a dark adhesive as we wanted to make the tiles a little darker than what they were however, you may like to opt for a light adhesive – there are choices so bare that in mind.) Now place each tile over the adhesive and apply pressure for around 5-10 minutes until they’re set in place – making sure the tile doesn’t slip down the wall and out of place.
Repeat this until the entire area is completed as such:
Then you will need to wait 48 hours before applying grout between the tiles. And for extra measure, we applied a second round of grout so wait a further 48 hours before applying that final coat of grout, wiping the area clean with a damp cloth once it’s applied.
And viola, a D.I.Y splashback for under $50 and an instantly updated kitchen.
This small cost effective cosmetic change may look understated to some however, if you’re aiming for a bit of equity then apply this along with some other small cosmetic renovations and you’ll be well on your way to achieving the growth you require. If you have any questions at all on how to master this, please don’t hesitate to comment below.