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Upcycled Kitchen Backsplashes

Are you in the middle of upgrading your kitchen? Perhaps it’s time for a new look for that kitchen backsplash. This can be especially true if you’ve just moved into a new home and you want to make the kitchen feel personal and make it feel like your own. A great way to update your kitchen backsplash would be to upcycle one. Before you get started, you may want to check out our recent blog post Making an Old Kitchen Look New.

What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is using something that otherwise would be thrown away. Upcycling can be a fun and crafty way of repurposing objects you already have in your home or at your disposal.

What is a Kitchen Backsplash?

A kitchen backsplash is the space on the wall above the kitchen counter. The backsplash is commonly constructed out of the same material as the kitchen counters. Popular backsplash materials include marble, stainless steel, tile and tile mosaics. Note that the portion of the backsplash above the range can become a big focal point in the kitchen design. Do not neglect the chance to personalize this part of your kitchen!

Reasons to Install an Upcycled Backsplash

Upcycling a backsplash is a great and fun way to save money while remodeling your kitchen. Upcycling involves recycling everyday items into unique and personal projects. An upcycled backsplash will be more personal and will give your kitchen a distinct look that you won’t see anywhere else. If you’re an experienced DIYer, then upcycling a backsplash is the right project for you.

Ways to Upcycle a Backsplash

The possibilities are really endless when it comes to choices for upcycling a kitchen backsplash. The following are some trending ideas for upcycled backsplashes in kitchen design:

Place Mats

This upcycling project by Lilybee on Curbly is the perfect project to spruce up a rental kitchen. Lilybee put this together with placemats she found at the dollar store and some thumb tacks. She lined up the placemats in a repeating pattern she was happy with and tacked them up. This is faster than installing tile, it’s less messy than tiling and it’s unbelievable how little this project costs. Plus, the placemats can be taken down and washed by hand.

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http://www.curbly.com/users/lilybee/posts/7875-the-dollar-store-rental-kitchen-makeover-again

Bottle Caps

Are you a lover of craft beer and/or vintage soda? You can show off your bottle cap collection with a special backsplash project. Once you have enough bottle caps to create an entire backsplash, cover the backsplash in tile mastic. Place bottle caps on the backsplash in the pattern of your choosing. After it dries, grout the backsplash the same way you would if you were tiling it. This backsplash is now a personal mosaic of your favorite drinks.

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http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/love-beer-create-a-bottle-cap-161332

 

Pennies

Pennies may not be what first comes to mind when you’re redoing your backsplash, but they do create an amazing effect when placed into a pattern on the wall. It will take about 6,000 pennies to cover the average kitchen backsplash. The light reflects off of the pennies and creates a lovely, copper glow. You can also arrange the pennies in different patterns to create different aesthetics.

First, shine the pennies with tarnish remover. Rinse them and allow them to dry. Purchase clear mosaic mounting sheets sized to your backsplash. Arrange the pennies on the mounting sheet. Lay tile mastic on the backsplash and apply the mounting sheets. Remove the sheets and grout the pennies after the mastic dries. Wipe off any extra grout and shine the pennies. Seal the backsplash, and enjoy the new addition to your kitchen décor.

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http://www.amazinginteriordesign.com/diy-penny-back-splash/

 

Maps

You can repurpose some maps or some vintage posters with this backsplash project from the DIY Network. This project is actually a lot easier than it looks. You will first create a template of your backsplash using paper and luan panel. The maps are cut to fit the luan panel with one extra inch around and are mounted with spray glue. The luan panel is placed on the backsplash and secured with drywall screws. Make sure the drywall screws are attached to studs in the wall. You will now have a fun and unique kitchen backsplash. Perhaps it will inspire you to travel and think of far off destinations as you prepare your meals at home.

You could repurpose this DIY project to create a backsplash with a decoupage design or create a collage out of comic book covers, gift cards, movie posters, vintage wine labels or whatever your heart desires.

http://www.diynetwork.com/kitchen/budget-backsplash-project-global-style-maps/index.html

Reclaimed wood

Repurpose wood to give it new life and to make your kitchen look fabulous. Dana and Ryan of the blog Circa Dee created a beautiful, rustic backsplash out of old shipping pallet wood. To create this kitchen backsplash look, they took apart the pallet and cut it into 18 inch pieces. Dana then washed the wood, and Ryan secured it to the backsplash using liquid nails. They made sure to place the wood pieces into a pleasing pattern by alternating the light and dark pieces across the backsplash. Dana and Ryan obtained this pallet wood for free! If you try this project, just be sure to choose wood that has been treated to keep your kitchen a safe place, especially if food may be touching it while you are cooking. You can also treat and seal the wood if you do a lot of frying in your kitchen.

http://circadee.com/2012/02/03/backsplash-follow-up-part-2-pallet-wood/

Wine Corks

The creation of the kitchen backsplash below was documented by Jill Fritz on the blog Create.Craft.Love. This is the perfect backsplash for DIYers and wine lovers. Jill estimates that 800 wine corks were used in this backsplash in her sister’s small kitchen. Her sister collected wine corks from family, friends and local restaurants. They also created a formula to estimate how many wine corks will be needed for your backsplash. Alternatively, you could just decorate the portion of your backsplash above the range with wine corks for a design focal point in your kitchen.

Jill’s family used a scroll saw to cut each wine cork in half. The wine corks were then placed in a basket weave pattern on top of a plywood template that was sized to the backsplash. Remember to leave holes for your kitchen outlets. They secured the wine corks using contact cement and hid the edges of the plywood by notching the wine corks on the border of the template. They also sealed the wine corks with a clear spray sealant. Lastly, they used caulk to make the wine cork backsplash water-tight.

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http://www.createcraftlove.com/2013/04/diy-wine-cork-backsplash.html

Other Ideas for Backsplashes

-Cover the backsplash in picture frames.

-Create a backsplash out of rocks and stones from your adventures and walks on the beach.

-Use mirrors to cover the backsplash in a fun, reflective surface.

-Place a family memento above the range on the backsplash.

-Update the look of your backsplash inexpensively by decorating the existing tile. You can paint the tile or buy tile decals for decorating it.

-Purchase removable wallpaper and cover your backsplash with it.

-Create a template and lay down some fabric for a fun backsplash design.

-Paint your backsplash with chalkboard paint.

-Mount a magnetic sheet of metal for a backsplash and you can post recipes and lists on the backsplash. You could even store magnetic bottles of spices or other kitchen equipment on your magnetic backsplash.

Upcycled backsplashes can be fun DIY projects that are inexpensive and result in a beautiful and personalized backsplash for your family to enjoy for years to come. If you have successfully upcycled your backsplash, please share your photos!

Congratulations to the Winner of the #BoomerSmarts #HealthyKitchen Giveaway with Mitzi Beach

Range Hoods Inc sponsored a #BoomerSmarts #HealthyKitchen Giveaway with Mitzi Beach on her Facebook page. Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS, is an interior designer and expert in wellness in design and aging in place.

We are excited and happy to announce the winner of the giveaway: John Wright of Tennessee. John has a choice between a Cavaliere-Euro SV218D Wall Mount Range Hood or a Cavaliere-Euro SV218B2 Wall Mount Range Hood in 30” or 36” wide, provided by Range Hoods Inc.

Many people entered the giveaway and posted a description of their ideal healthy kitchen on Mitzi’s Facebook. We were touched by reading the descriptions of everyone’s dream kitchens. Ultimately, Mitzi chose to gift the range hood to John Wright, who entered the giveaway on behalf of his church in Smithville, TN. Mitzi chose John’s #healthykitchen description because the range hood can create a healthy space for the most people at once in the church kitchen, where meals are cooked for children after school.

John’s ideal kitchen description included a stainless steel range hood, which is easy to clean, that ventilates the kitchen of dangers like carbon monoxide. As a veteran firefighter, John was concerned about the air ventilation in the church’s kitchen. He also wanted a range hood that ventilates the kitchen and is pleasing to the eye at the same time. John will be surprising the church with this free range hood. Read more about John’s story below.

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Congratulations, John. We hope your church enjoys the range hood for years to come. We also hope that John will post photos of the range hood in the future to Mitzi’s Facebook page, which we look forward to sharing.

Thank you, Mitzi Beach, for hosting this wonderful #healthykitchen giveaway. We are proud to be a sponsor and to have partnered with you on this.

Mitzi has approved range hoods from Range Hoods Inc as #BoomerSmarts for healthy homes!

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Top Kitchen Renovation Tips for Beginners

This guest blog is written by Damian Wolf, an experienced DIYer and blogger.

It is commonly believed that if you wish to redecorate or refresh a room in your house or flat that you need to spend a lot of money. Yes, there are a lot of elements and items that cost a pretty penny, but did you know you can save quite a lot in other areas? In addition, a lot people are overlooking the fact that you can pull off a lot more with what you already have if you use your imagination. In order to avoid spending too much money, follow these tips on what to pay attention to; who knows, maybe you will think of something even more ideas along the way.

Space

In order to successfully use the space at your disposal, plan ahead. You don’t want to end up in a cramped kitchen, where you will collide with your family members. On the other hand, you probably do not need a huge kitchen in which you can play football. Find a middle ground, and be sure that there is enough space to function properly. If you lack space, think smart and use every inch. Built-in elements and cabinets that go into the ceiling are good for storage that takes advantage of every free area you have available.

Lighting

The kitchen is a place where you will be working, and therefore, your kitchen should have quality lighting. One source of light is often not enough, so installing more lighting is an excellent solution. Choose lights that are easy to mount at eye level and that have a low heat signature. Your kitchen will be a hot place anyway, so you will wish to reduce heating sources as much as possible. Also, choose lights that save energy, which means they will also save you money in the long run.

Power Sources

Refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and other kitchen appliances require sources of electricity. Be sure that there are enough power sources and that they are evenly spread out on a fuse system. Thus, if something happens, the whole kitchen won’t be left without power. And another tip: be sure to have a few plugs above your countertop, because you will be using blenders, mixers and other countertop appliances. Also, dishwashers require a water source, so don’t forget about this too.

Safety

A lot of people neglect this important category, so be sure that you are not among them. Buying a few smoke and gas leakage detectors is not something that will empty your wallet, but it can save lives in return. In addition, mind the electricity system, and never spare money here. Fuses must be in order, so they can serve their purpose.

Reuse or Replace?

If you are completely redecorating your kitchen, avoid using old elements. They have served their due, and maybe it is time to replace them. Follow local stores, if they have sales going on, or you can always hop to the Internet, and find something interesting there. However, if you wish to reuse your favourite cabinet, a simple paint job and lacquering will do the trick.

Air and Smells

Naturally, during the cooking process, the smells from frying food and the steam from boiling food cannot be avoided. But, they can be controlled. A quality air system will draw out all of the steam and smells, so you don’t need to bathe after each meal. Also, steam creates moisture on the walls of the kitchen, and this can weaken them; it may cause cracks, which can be much more expensive to resolve later on.

Flooring

Spills, splashes and drips are common in the kitchen, so you will need quality flooring. Parquet may be a beautiful choice, but is out of the question, because wood does not do well in humid surroundings. Think of ceramic tiles, for these are easy to maintain and are available in huge variety of colours, patterns and sizes. Ask the salesman if they have rough surfaced tiles; they will provide better traction and will be less slippery when wet.

Personal Touch

To stamp your kitchen as your own, you will need something of your own design. For example, nice curtains and ceiling fixtures in your favourite colors will bring out your personality. Play with colors and designs to open up the space even more and to draw out distinctive impressions.

So, with everything said considered, you now need to think about what you wish to change in your kitchen, and just stick to the plan. You will see that rewards will be multiplied when you manage to combine something nice with something useful.

Author: Damian Wolf is a writer and passionate DIY hobbyist. He mostly writes about home DIY projects, and all topics in home improvement. Damian is also a tools collector, who uses Gasweld online tools shop add power tool pieces to his collection.

First Breakfast and Second Breakfast

Do you think Peter Jackson included a range hood in Bilbo’s hobbit hole? We think maybe he should have with all of the eating that hobbits do.

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Range Hoods Inc Sponsors #BoomerSmarts Healthy Kitchen Giveaway with Mitzi Beach

Range Hoods Inc is excited and proud to announce its involvement in the 2015 #BoomerSmarts Healthy Kitchen Giveaway from MitziBeach.com.

Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS is an interior designer who educates, writes and speaks about wellness in design. Mitzi is an aging in place specialist and is well versed in universal design for Baby Boomers. Mitzi will also be attending Modenus’ #BlogTourVegas to the National Kitchen and Bath Association Show, beginning on January 20, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada.

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The winner of the #BoomerSmarts Healthy Kitchen Giveaway with Range Hoods Inc will receive a stainless steel Cavaliere range hood. The winner will be able to choose between the two following models, in either a 30” or 36” width, for their kitchen remodel or upgrade.

Cavaliere-Euro SV218D-36 36” Wall Mount Range Hood

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Cavaliere-Euro SV218B2-36 36” Wall Mount Range Hood

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The winner will be chosen on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 and will be announced on both Range Hood Inc’s blog and Mitzi’s blog on Monday, January 26.

Anyone can enter, including interior designers, home builders and remodelers, in the lower 48 states in the United States. The range hood will be shipped to the winner for free. (Contestants in Canada will have to call Range Hoods Inc’s customer support team and arrange for shipping at an additional charge.)

Entering the giveaway is easy. Be sure to enter before it closes on January 22, 2015 at 12 am ET. To enter, please leave a comment at http://facebook.com/MitziBeachFans on the update about the giveaway. Your comment should be about your Dream Healthy Kitchen. Let Mitzi know what it would look like if money were no object. Please explain how much having a range hood would help you keep your dream kitchen and home cleaner by ventilating grease, odors and carbon monoxide from your home.

On Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 12 am ET, the giveaway will close and the winner with the best description will be chosen and notified via a Facebook message. Check your Facebook messages on Friday, January 23rd and look out for the announcement blog on Monday, January 26th.

Good luck and thank you for your participation!

More information on range hoods and why they are needed to keep the kitchen and home a healthy space can be found here:

Carbon Monoxide & Range Hoods

Is a Kitchen Range Hood Necessary?

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New Year’s Resolutions

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