DIY Kitchen Backsplash


There were certain projects in our new home we left to the builders and others we left to ourselves. (By ourselves I mean with the guidance of my father.) This project was actually completed back in December but I’m just now getting around to sharing it with all of you.

One of the first projects I wanted done in the house was to tile the kitchen backsplash. Picking out the right tile can take your home from looking boring and basic to having tons of character. I’ll be honest, I was torn in so many ways as to what i wanted the end result to look like. I know doing subway tiles is really “in” right now, but I knew Sean would never go for white tile (we already have white cabinets) and I just wasn’t finding another color that I gravitated towards. If you know me, you know I don’t do anything cookie cutter or by the norm. Thus, when I saw the option to do a stainless steel tile backsplash I instantly got excited. I must say, I did have the option to do a subway tile version but opted for the uniqueness of a mosaic pattern instead.

Here’s some photos during the process of installing the tiles. Sorry if they aren’t the best quality!

DIY Kitchen Backsplash | Modish and MainAllen + Roth Stainless Steel Mosaic Tiles for Kitchen Backsplash | Modish and MainDIY Kitchen Backsplash | Modish and Main

DIY Kitchen Backsplash | Modish and Main

I absolutely love how it turned out in my kitchen but owe a big apology to my Dad and Sean for picking out one of the most difficult tile patterns possible! This DIY project took us almost 18 hours to complete over the course of 2 days and hundreds of teeny tiny tile cuts that Sean risked his fingers over. What we didn’t think about was filling in all the tiles along the top, bottom, sides and near outlets. This required a ridiculous amount of measuring, cutting and placing. If you decide to do something similar in your house, just keep that in mind.

Stainless Steel Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash | Modish and MainStainless Steel Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash | Modish and Main

While the work was being done, I was in charge of measuring and placing the individual tiles along with making sure we had something to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner (believe me, I was happy to have a reason to step away!).  My Dad was in charge of placing the larger sheets of tiles and helping anywhere else (basically a jack of all trades). The thing is, that wasn’t the worst part. The part I hated the most was grouting this mosaic masterpiece! Oh my goodness, that was the most tedious undertaking that I hope to never repeat.

Needless to say when it was all done I treated both of them to a steak dinner with all the fixings. The thing is, I have plans to backsplash in all the bathrooms and the laundry room but it just keeps getting shuffled further and further down the list. I think if I try to bite that bullet too soon my Dad might never come back to visit me!

Stainless Steel Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash | Modish and Main

Stainless Steel Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash | Modish and Main

Stainless Steel Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash | Modish and Main

So what do you guys think, do you like how it turned out? I know it’s not for everyone, but I do love how it brings a unique, not often seen, character into our new home!

Keep Living a Stylized Life.

Kristin Signature

16 comments on “DIY Kitchen Backsplash”

  1. Looks fabulous! I am like you, no cookie cutter “usual” in my house. In fact, I bought the same tile a few months ago! I still haven’t done it yet, so I have a few questions about yours if you don’t mind.
    1. What color grout did you use? It looks white. That is what I bought but I keep second guessing myself.
    2. How did you finish outside edges, since the stainless is glued on top of ceramic tiles? Could you post a photo?!
    3. Anything you would do differently or tips from your dad and hubby?

    I’m thinking I’ll put mine horizontally. Probably won’t make for any fewer cuts though! Thanks for your post, it’s so great to see that it turned out great!

    1. Christine,
      Did you decide to lay yours in horizontal pattern? What grout color did you pick?

      Did you seal your grout lines afterward or did your dad use rapid setting all-in-one grout that doesn’t require sealing? Also, do the Lowes grout colors “silver” or “Pearl gray” ring a bell? Thx for your blog. It’s been most helpful. We are installing this in couple weeks.

      1. Hey Again!

        Ok, we laid ours with the mosaic tiles “flat end” going vertically. We were able to to use a few whole sheets, but otherwise we had to cut ours down to go around outlets and for the tops & bottoms of the cabinets. As for the grout sealing, we did an all-in-one. We put on the grout and then used a damp sponge to clean off the excess. Voila it was done! You’ll love the end result of this backsplash, just make sure you go into it with patience!

        You can email me with any questions as well! Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

      1. Okay great, thanks! Do you know which brand and specific color, i.e. where did your purchase and specific name?

        Thanks for your time. We are building our home right now and have this backsplash, but still deciding on the grout.

        Much appreciated.

        1. Hi Zaz. Unfortunately, I looked in our garage and it appears we didn’t have any left over and don’t even have a container laying around. Everything was purchased at Lowe’s and I know it came in a white container. Sorry!

          1. No problem. Thanks for checking. Do you recall if it was pre-mixed or if there was a base and you had to mix colors into it?

            Just curious – thanks for your help!

          2. Kristin,
            Was your Lowe’s grout color by chance “pearl gray” or “silver”? I am using same Metal Twist backsplash. Thanks for your help.

          3. Hi Laura!

            Great question. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the container of grout when we used it, but it is definitely a true grey, a touch on the darker side and really really close to matching the color of the stainless steel tiles. I really don’t think you can go wrong with either color by the sounds of it.

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