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.)

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren't All Subway Tile)| Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThis marble backsplash is such a beautiful version of subway tile.  Jennifer shares some great tips and tricks (and what NOT to do) on The Craft Patch.

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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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10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom, Budget Friendly

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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Spring Planter Arrangement

Spring Planter Arrangements aren’t hard to make with some purchased spring bulbs. Here’s how to make a stunning display for your tabletop.

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Spring Planter

Spring bulbs are here! They have finally arrived in the garden centers and it won’t be long before things are blooming outside! This pretty planter was put together with some purchase bulbs (in ugly pots) and a few items from the craft store.

Be sure to buy bulbs that are already growing and almost blooming rather than bulbs that have never been planted. Most spring bulbs require a period of cold weather in order to get them to bloom. Sometimes you can purchase pre-chilled, unplanted bulbs in your local garden center that are ready to plant and bloom.

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Supplies Needed:

•Metal urn or other waterproof container with a wide top (mine came from the thrift store)

•aquarium gravel or small stones for drainage

•Miracle Grow Potting Soil with slow release fertilizer

•Purchased spring bulbs that are close to blooming such as crocus, daffodils, tulips or paper whites

•Reindeer moss (from the craft store or garden center)

•Faux butterfly (craft store or dollar store)

•Fairy garden sized rabbits or other seasonal ornaments

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Directions:

1.  Place a layer of gravel in the bottom of the container, about 1″ thick for drainage.

2. Add a layer of soil to cover the gravel.

3. Remove the bulbs from their original pots being careful not to break the roots. You can separate the bulbs if they are clumped together. The roots will regrow and stabilize after replanting. Place the bulbs in the container, with the tallest plants in the center or towards the back of the container.

4. Cover the bulbs with more soil being careful to leave any growth uncovered.

5. Add reindeer moss on top of the soil to retain moisture and give the bulbs more protection.

6. Place decorative butterfly in the moss, as well as a fairy garden rabbit or other animal statue.

7. Water about once per week. Keep your planter near a sunny window. After the bulbs have bloomed they may be pulled out and planted outside. You can then plant other plants in the planter such as succulents or houseplants.

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Here are some more fun spring projects:

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Spring Porch Decor

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Succulent Cross

Kitchen Pantry Organization

Organizing isn’t my favorite thing to do, but it sure does help! Here are my top tips on keeping your pantry organized.

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Pantry too Small?

We are blessed with a big Kitchen Pantry storage space for our food supplies. This big pantry was one of the things that sold us on the house, since the kitchen is rather small. It is an illusion that a big space holds more stuff. I have found that it’s easy to fill it with junk and unnecessary items. More space isn’t necessarily better. After cleaning and organizing my shelves I know how much space I have been wasting.

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Top 10 ways to add storage to your kitchen pantry

  1. First of all, remove dry cereals from their boxes and put into tall plastic storage containers. The storage boxes are taller and hold more than a regular cereal box does. This one change has saved me a ton of space and money. My kids seem to eat less cereal (Why I don’t know), and the leftovers aren’t stale so everything gets eaten. Who knew it would be such a game changer?
  2. Dry goods such as flour and sugar can be stored in large glass jars instead of being left in the original packaging. This keeps them fresh longer and saves shelf space by going vertical.
  3. Stack cans in a wire can organizer. This works great for small cans, not so good for large ones, but it does help free up shelf space.
  4. Keep large items on the floor. Big bulk cans of food, large pots, big potato and onion bins, large paper towel rolls, etc. can be kept down at the bottom of the shelves or on the floor underneath them. It is more visual appealing and makes things easier to find.
  5. Group small bags or boxes together either in a wooden crate or wire basket type container to save shelf space. Grouping them also makes things easier to find, plus you can grab the entire basket off the shelf when you need something. Baking supplies are all in the wine crate in the photo above, when it’s time to bake it can be grabbed off the shelf and taken into the kitchen.
  6. Eliminate duplicate items. There are always a few of these lurking on the back of the shelf, forgotten and unused.
  7. Check expiration dates. We seldom remember to do this, but items on your shelves could be expired and need to be thrown away. If food has been sitting on your shelf and is older than 6 months, it’s best to just to get rid of it.
  8. Get rid of pots or pans that you don’t use. If you haven’t used it in the last 6 months, it’s time to let it go.
  9. Keep seasonal items in the basement. If you have too many faux flowers, empty glass Mason jars and other decor items on the shelves they can waste valuable storage space. It’s not so hard to go and get things from the basement when needed.
  10. Finally, be careful what you buy.  Keep a note pad in the pantry to write down things that are needed for the shopping each week. Much easier than guessing what’s needed at the grocery store and ending up with supplies you didn’t really need.

Other storage solutions?

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