Notes from A Maine Interior Designer-Inexpensive Backsplashes to update your listing

Home Stager with Fiore Interiors
I am often asked about backsplashes-are they really that important? YES. Yes they are. How clean is the wall behind your stove right now? That's what I thought....
Home sellers are often trying to improve on a budget. My #1 recommendation is to use the simple glass tile to update. Several recent home staging clients asked for other (cheaper)  ideas,so here are my favorite, economical alternatives:
Bead board/wainscoting, use sparingly!


TIN and painted tin-don't do the fake tin/plastic adhesive tiles, either. Do the real ones they are not expensive. Great improvement on a budget, and great ROI

Comments (10)

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

These are great ideas and will fit everyone's budget.  Thanks for these creative ideas.

Feb 17, 2012 10:42 AM
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hi Vanessa, good inexpensive ideas!  I've trying to convince a seller to do something inexpensive in his kitchen to help the home appeal to more buyers.  The bead board may be just the trick for an update under $100.  Thanks and best of success to you this year!

Feb 17, 2012 10:51 AM
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

By the way what do you think of the covering sold to go over laminate counter top to make them look like granite?  Good investment or too much trouble?

Feb 17, 2012 10:54 AM
Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt

I saw a kitchen on Pinterest where bead board was used and it turn out great.  Love the ideas!

Feb 17, 2012 11:00 AM
Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Evening Vanessa

Thanks for the post. Have a great day

Feb 17, 2012 12:55 PM
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTORĀ®, CNE (719)661-6987

Great suggestions, Vanessa. I have beadboard in my own kitchen and love it. However, those beautiful watery glass tiles make my heart sing! :)

Feb 17, 2012 10:52 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Vanessa - I really like the look of the painted tin tiles, and you're right - go for the real ones, they won't break the bank!

Feb 17, 2012 11:52 PM
Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors - Montville, NJ
Styling Homes for Selling and Staying

Hi, Vanessa -- very good ideas, thanks for sharing! I'm not a fan of beadboard for a few years now, because I think it looks too country for my area (northern NJ), but in a pinch, it will work. Love the inexpensive glass tiles, even painting over laminate backsplashes, and the tin tiles. 

Feb 19, 2012 07:37 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

You read my mind - I'll be posting soon about a quick, inexpensive real-life fix that I recommended for a client:  tin ceiling tiles behind the stove!

Feb 19, 2012 11:34 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

All great ideas!  If you can't get the seller to do any of the above, then hopefully they will at least put a fresh coat of paint.

Feb 21, 2012 07:54 AM