12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

Adding a kitchen tile backsplash is an excellent way to change up the look of your space.  Although subway tile is always a hit, it’s not everyone’s style.  Here are some other options that might inspire you for your upcoming kitchen remodel. (But fair warning, there are a few subway tiles mixed in.)

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Not every kitchen need to be white! Here is a bright pattern to add some excitement to your home. Head over to Design Sponge to see the rest of this modern kitchen.

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Artsy Chicks Rule did a great job on this coastal inspired backsplash! This tutorial is so detailed and will make your kitchen remodel much simpler.

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A tin tile backsplash is a great way to add some character to your kitchen while not breaking the bank. DIY Network shares their pro tips on how to accomplish this project with minimal spending and very few tools.

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Would you believe this isn’t real tile? Lost and Found Decor decided to use a peel and stick option for her kitchen remodel! This kitchen is a beautiful example of how a backsplash can turn around an entire space.
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Little House of Four also chose a peel and stick tile for her farmhouse kitchen remodel! This could be a great option for a rental home, just be certain to run it by your landlord first. (Who wouldn’t want their tenant to update their kitchen for them though?)

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This could be one of my favorite kitchen remodels yet! Head over to Scout Design Co. to see the before and after – you don’t want to miss it. The use of tile only behind the stove creates an easy clean up area and also adds lots of visual interest to your kitchen.

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Wood or tile? What about wood that looks like tile? That’s exactly what was used for this unique modern kitchen on HGTV.

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren't All Subway Tile)| Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comBright Green Door decided to take their backsplash all the way to the ceiling. What a great idea! I always love when people take risks that pay off in a huge way. 

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The blue color of this backsplash creates such a crisp, clean look in this kitchen. Craving Some Creativity also chose a peel and stick tile.  This one looks so close to the real thing, I didn’t believe it until I read the entire article! Rachel also shares some excellent tips on how to decide if this type of backsplash is right for your home.

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The herringbone pattern of this backsplash is an excellent way to keep a neutral look, while still creating visual interest. Love and Bellinis did an excellent job remodeling her kitchen with the help of her handy hubby.

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And last but certainly not least, an exciting geometric patten from Bibby and Brady.

Have you attempted a kitchen backsplash of your own? I’d love to hear about it!

 

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10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathrooms

Farmhouse decor has been trending for a few years now, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down! Here are a few beautiful farmhouse bathrooms to inspire your next bathroom makeover. 

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Farmhouse style can vary from rustic to modern.  Here is a modern take on a farmhouse bathroom. My Life From Home chose some beautiful details to include in her remodel. I would love that concrete countertop in front of the window, what a perfect place to do your makeup!

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Here’s a peak into my own bathroom! This is a budget friendly way to create a farmhouse feel without having to rip everything out. Head over to Designers Sweet Spot for a few tips & tricks on where to find great farmhouse accessories.

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Shiplap is a signature farmhouse look. In this bathroom, Design Dazzle chose to use a rustic weathered wood instead of the traditional white.  What a great choice!

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Did you know that a vintage dresser could be transformed into a farmhouse style vanity? Think of all the extra storage space this would add! Little Vintage Nest shares how she dressed up these old pieces of furniture into the perfect addition to her bathroom.

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Christina’s Adventures did a beautiful job of creating the farmhouse feel without creating too much clutter.  You won’t want to miss these stunning before and after photos!10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathrooms|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Sara included so many special touches in this master bathroom.  Visit Twelve on Main to read about all the blood, sweat, and tears that were invested in this beautiful space.  They were all completely worth it!

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What’s one of the most important parts of a bathroom? Functional storage! Farm Fresh Homestead explains how she kept the farmhouse aesthetic while still adding plenty of storage space for her family.

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Do you have a boring bathroom mirror you want to disguise? Shannon at AKA Design shares a great DIY that will create an instant farmhouse feel without breaking the bank.

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You’ll never believe how dark and boring this bathroom was before it’s makeover.  The Weathered Fox did a great job of creating a brand new space while still keeping the majority of her original fixtures.  What a great way to maximize a budget!

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We couldn’t end this roundup without including one traditional white shiplap wall.  It just wouldn’t feel right!  Hence, this beautiful example of a staple farmhouse look from Kristi at Making it in the Mountains.

Farmhouse decor can be so versatile. Whether it’s a complete bathroom renovation, or the simple addition of a few accessories, we’re confident that you’ve found inspiration for your next makeover!

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20 Stenciled Wall Transformations to Inspire You

 

     Stenciling is a great way to transform a room and get a custom look for a budget price. Here are some of my favorite stenciled wall ideas from around the web to inspire your next project.

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This pretty blue stencil adds just the right amount of color.  I can see myself wanting to hang out forever in this beautiful bathroom! Learn how Diane created the illusion of wallpaper (without all the mess) over on In My Own Style.

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Speaking of illusions, check this one out! Making it in the Mountains shares some great tips on how to achieve this popular cement tile look while sticking to your budget.

20 Stenciled Wall Transformations to Inspire You|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comOur son really enjoyed his stenciled brick bedroom. Sadly, it was left behind in a house we rented. Thankfully we have the pictures (and my tips and tricks to make your own brick wall) over at Designers Sweet Spot.

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This blue paint behind the white stencil really makes the design pop while being very calming! Check out It All Started With Paint for some tricks on how to transform a room and accomplish your stenciling project as quickly as possible.

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The damask pattern of this stencil, in addition to the colors Allyson chose, add such a touch of elegance to this previously plain dining room. Head over to Domestic Superhero to see the before photo!

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I love our pantry. The stenciled walls really improve its appearance! You can read more on my blog,  Designers Sweet Spot.

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Krista created this fun workspace for her sons to use for homework and projects. Stenciling seems like a great way to distinguish a space from the rest of the room while also disguise the fact that it used to be a closet! See the total transformation over on The Happy Housie.

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Do you have a favorite quote? Have you ever thought about stenciling it on your wall? AKA Design did just that in her dining room.

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Here’s a cute way to add a special touch to your little princess’ bedroom.  This stencil adds just the right amount of character.  Go look at the rest of this adorable room on Robb Restyle.

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I always love a good before and after! Jami from An Oregon Cottage created this beautiful accent wall for her bedroom in just a few hours.
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A bold stencil really pops with the white furniture in this bedroom! Sometimes a simple color scheme is the best. Refashionably Late admits that this project took longer than she expected, but it was totally worth every second.  I agree completely.

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Look at this precious stencil Lindi created for her daughter’s room at Love Create Celebrate! Head over and read all about her pro tips on how to make this project so much easier. (Hint: it involves a hairdryer!)

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Chic Misfits created this beautiful accent wall in her sisters dining room.  Tribal patterns are very popular right now, and this seems like a perfect example of how to execute one!

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This design is a lot more subtle than the tribal wall above, yet it’s just as beautiful! Addicted 2 Design stenciled the entire room. I think all of her hard work definitely paid off.

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At first glance, would you believe this wall was completely stenciled? I didn’t believe it myself until I read the full article over on Reality Daydream.

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Little House of Four added some drama to her home office using a stencil. Inspiring spaces are always a productive spaces, a stenciled wall could be just what your office is lacking!

20 Stenciled Wall Transformations to Inspire You|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comYou’ll never believe how this stenciled wall was created.  It’s not paint! Head over to Cuckoo 4 Design to learn the secret.  Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

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Maybe you want to try your hand at stenciling but don’t know how to start? Three Little Monkeys Studio shares some of her beginner tips to make your first time a success.

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Danielle added this precious lace stencil to her guest bedroom.  It adds such a romantic and peaceful feel! She also shares how to store your stencils to use again down the road over on Finding Silver Pennies.

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Are you feeling incredible daring?! What about this ombre fish scale wall? It would take a special room to pull this off, but Kara Paslay Designs definitely did just that. Also, who knew fish scales on a wall could look so good?

I’m so inspired to create now, and I hope you are too! Go find a blank wall and get to stenciling. Best of luck to you!

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How to Make a Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Hand Painted Signs add so much charm to your farmhouse decor! This sign is easy to make even if you have never painted anything before! This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Micheal’s Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, please see the disclosures page.

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How to Make a Hand Painted Rustic Sign, Step by Step

Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Rustic signs are all over the place, I have seen so many beautiful ideas on Pinterest lately! However, I am not one to go with the flow. I prefer more color, so many of the signs that I have seen are monochromatic. Color makes all the difference to me!

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I chose to work with yellows and greens to coordinate with my colors on my front porch. This sign will take me into some fall decor, and I am so happy with how it turned out!

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Supplies Needed:

•Pre-finished Pallet sign from Micheal’s Craft Store

•Americana Deco Premium Acrylic Paints (also available at Micheal’s)  in the following colors:

Americana Premium Acrylics — Burnt Sienna — DTA09
Americana Premium Acrylics — Cadmium Yellow Hue — DTA44
Americana Premium Acrylics — Carbon Black — DTA37 
Americana Premium Acrylics — Viridian Green Hue — DTA25 
Americana Premium Acrylics — Yellow Oxide — DTA15 
 
•Paint Brushes in the following sizes:
#2 script liner brush    
#20 flat brush
3/4″ Scruffy Brush    
#14 flat brush 
•Mason jar with water for rinsing brushes
•Artist pallet or paper plate for mixing paints
•Paper toweling, paper plate or artist pallet for mixing paint
•Artists all purpose media notebook for practice painting
•Optional: artist’s easel

Painting Directions:

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Load the 3/4″ scruffy brush with Burnt Sienna and Black paint.  Use a dollop the size of a quarter on the pallet of each paint. Place the two paints with 1-2″ between paints on the pallet. Dip the corner of the brush in the brown, the other corner into the black paint. Stroke the brush back in forth on the pallet working the paint into the brush. Continue adding more paint and stroking until the bristles of the brush are almost full of paint to the top of the bristles.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint a circle by dabbing the brush with the paint on the sign, placing the circle in the center of the sign. Keep the light brown color to the outside of the sign, being careful not to mix the colors as you work the circle shape. Reload brush as needed. Paint another circle inside the first blending the colors slightly together and refining the shape of the circle. Set brush aside when finished, let dry slightly.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Load the #20 Flat Brush with the Yellow Oxide and Cadmium Yellow Hue as described above. Be sure to keep the colors separate as you load the brush.

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint the petals of the flower by placing the brush at the edge of the circle, pressing down and stroking out. Turn the brush slightly at the end of the stroke to get the pointed tips of the petals. Keep colors going the same direction, darker yellow on the top of the petal, lighter color to the bottom as you stroke around the flower. Overlap each petal slightly as you work. Reload your brush as needed.

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Reload the brush again with the yellows. Paint a smaller flower to the lower right of the first, leaving the center empty.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint a second layer of petals on top of the first. Place the ends of the petals between the first row of flower petals to fill out the design. Do the same second layer of petals on the small flower as well.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Use the #14 flat brush with Cadmium yellow and Viridian Green Hue, for the same technique above on the greenery. Stroke the green leaves on the back of the flower, working from the center area out. Twist your brush as you work to make the points of the leaves as you did the petals before.

•Using the #2 Script liner brush loaded with Yellow and Green, stroke the stem for each flower.

  1. How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Next Load the #14 flat brush with Cadmium Yellow and Viridian Green Hue as described above. Stroke the large leaves. Reload and make smaller leaves if desired. Change to the #20 flat brush and make leaves larger in the same colors. Let dry completely.
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•Plan your letting for the sign. I practiced painting on paper before beginning on the pallet. Mark where you want your lettering to go on the sign with a pencil. Tip: It’s easiest to mark the center of the sign with a pencil, then place the center letter of the word over the mark. Fill in the other letters to the right and left of the C. Add a few squiggles to take up the rest of the space. Load the #2 Script liner brush and paint the letters with black paint.
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How to Spray Paint Your Walls in Record Time

If you are a busy person, here’s the fastest way to get your painting done in record time! This post is sponsored by Home Right. Any opinions are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page.

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How to Spray Paint Your Walls in Record Time

Painting is a time consuming job. I have been anxious to paint our attic stair way for quite some time. Mainly, because it’s dark and creepy up there. Our home was built in 1915. The attic is one of those places you just don’t want to spend much time. It is cold and drafty in the winter, and hot and stuff in the summer. It is full of 100 years of dust and bat guano. But, it has the potential to be an amazing art studio, this is my dream work space!

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This amazing space is the main reason why I chose to begin working on painting it. It is a HUGE project. There is a ton of potential here!

How to Paint in Record Time

The stairway to the attic space has old green plaster walls with plenty of cracks and holes, and beautiful original wooden stairs.

The rest of the attic space is completely unfinished, hopefully we will be able to finish it in the near future. For now, painting the stairway will bring me one step closer to my dream art studio!

Home Right was kind enough to supply me with this awesome sprayer, and I can honestly say I would have never tackled this job without it. It’s too big, too overwhelming for your average painting job.

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How to Steps:

  1. Fill Holes and Cracks: The first step in this project was to fill all the holes with Spackle medium. I prefer to use Spackle than joint compound for filling holes. It’s much easier to work with, and dries faster. Spackle can be applied with a small putty knife to cracks and holes, smoothed out and then left to dry. After an hour or so of drying time, any rough spots can be sanded with a bit of fine sand paper and your ready to paint. Easy, peasy!

2.  Gather Materials: This is where the fun starts! I decided to use the Finish Max Extra paint sprayer for this project for a number of reasons. Time was a big factor, but there are so many small crevices and holes in the wood that I knew painting with a brush would be very difficult. I the Finish Max Extra sprayer was perfect for this task!

There are a number of new features on this sprayer, it comes with a cover for the paint reservoir, so you can store your left over paint for the next paint job. Love that! Also, this sprayer comes with several color coded spraying tips for different types of paint jobs. I used the red tip with the yellow adapter for the widest range of coverage.

Because this is an unfinished space, I did not need to worry about taping around wood work or messing with drop clothes. Nothing up there in the attic to protect from paint splatter, except the giant dust bunnies.

Paint your walls in record time!|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com3. Prepare the paint: The paint I was using was pretty thick, since it was a primer and paint in one. I watered it down to work better in the sprayer. I used 1/3 water to 2/3 paint, the paint reservoir has handy marks on it so it’s easy to measure out. Be sure to combine your paint and water carefully for the best coverage.

4. Start painting: Then there was nothing left to do but start painting! Home Right recommends testing the spray nozzle with water before actually painting to adjust the nozzel for accurate coverage. I have used their sprayer products before, and I wasn’t concerned with coverage being too large, so I jumped right in and started to paint. Can you believe it only took me 45 minutes to paint the entire stairway? Wow! It was super fast! I used an entire gallon of paint in the process because I had to go over a few areas more than once, but the coverage was even and beautiful over all. The old green paint was darker than I thought, because it looks so much better now!

5. Clean the Sprayer: If you leave the paint sprayer with the paint in it too long, the paint will dry and clog the sprayer nozzle. I had to clear it out once or twice as I worked for the best sprayer action. I had a bucket of clean water next to me that I dropped the sprayer parts in to and rinsed them as I worked if they got clogged. Then, right after I was finished with them I put them back in the bucket and gave them a final scrubbing in the Kitchen sink. They were easy to clean in this way and and are ready for the next job!

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I can’t believe the difference the paint makes! The hall seems so light and bright! I am anxious to do more with the Finish Max sprayer, it was so fast and easy! By the way, clean up was a breeze. Having a bucket of water on hand to soak the parts in is definitely a time saver!

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The next part of the attic will be a doozy, but I am sure I can do it now with the Home Right Finish Max paint sprayer!

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