Backsplash Comeback! Using The Old When The New’s Installed

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porcelain backsplash that looks like stone

Porcelain backsplash in the the style of slate.

A good backsplash keeps your kitchen sink area clean and dry, but when it comes time to switch out the backsplash, the old material doesn’t have to go to waste. For dedicated DIYers and aspiring household creatives, an old backsplash doesn’t look like junk; it looks like a new project. Here are some cool ways you can repurpose your backsplash elsewhere around the house.

Display board

If your old backsplash is made from pegboard or another squishy material, you can quickly turn it into a new display or bulletin board. It’s ideal for a miniature art gallery, a place to pin mail or important notes, or just a fun way to switch out your wall decorations with ease. Simply remove the pegboard and affix it to a blank wall after a good cleaning to keep the material functional outside the kitchen.

DIY glass table

Glass backsplashes are simple and highly versatile structures. After carefully removing and washing the old backsplash, find a proper glass adhesive and affix it to a base of wood, metal, stone, or any other sturdy material to have a quick, easy glass table. It’s even better when you have multiple panes of old glass backsplash so you can make a longer or wider table that you can customize to fit in a certain space in your home.

majestic glass mosaic backsplash

If you’re trading one glass backsplash for another, here’s one to consider; “Majestic Ocean Brick Blend”.

Shelf paper

If you happen to use a backsplash made of removable fabric or paper, you may just have tomorrow’s shelf paper ready to cut and shape to your bare shelf space. Be careful when removing the old fabric from the wall so you don’t tear or scuff it, and remember to gently wash it before removing it. With a little light adhesive, the fabric backsplash will easily adorn your bookshelves, kitchen cabinets, or other surfaces for extra style and flair at practically no cost.

travertine backsplash

A possible option for your new backsplash as you think about repurposing the old is real travertine from Turkey, laid out in a stylish brick pattern.

Contact paper art

Self-adhesive contact paper is another popular material for backsplashes. It may be a little more difficult to remove without doing damage to the paper, so that makes it a good candidate for salvaged material art. Using scraps of the old contact paper, you can create a collage or other paper art piece to decorate another part of your home.

Chances are the contact paper pattern is a color match for the home’s overall palette, so the resulting art is likely to coordinate with the paint, wallpaper, and other materials you have elsewhere in your abode.

Easy gravel

It may seem a bit harder to make use of backsplashes made from stone, tile, or other hard materials, but that’s where your trusty hammer comes in handy. After removing the backsplash and donning safety goggles, break up the material to make fresh gravel for outdoor spaces, candle jars, or other decorative pieces that use gravel, beads, or other particulate elements.

Yesterday’s backsplash today!

Anybody with a DIY frame of mind knows that nothing at home should be a one-use item. Backsplashes, like any other material, can and should be reused and repurposed for additional projects. Use a little creativity and elbow grease to get the most out of yesterday’s backsplash.


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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.