Evette Rios's Do It Yourself Kitchen Makeover

Evette Rios's Do It Yourself Kitchen Makeover

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On Tuesday's show, our design guru Evette Rios took on Daphne's kitchen for a design makeover. It was fun, fresh, and you can do it to! Just follow these easy setp-by-step instructions to create your own do-it-yourself (DIY) backsplash.


Materials you will need:

  • Materials you will need:
  • A piece of cotton or linen fabric large enough to span the backsplash area you would like to cover
  • A piece of plexiglass cut to 1/2” smaller than the opening that you would like to cover, many stores will make outlet holes as well as holes for the screws for you, just ask!
  • An industrial stapler or spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • A Utility knife
  • A 1/8” drill bit specifically for plastic
  • 1-1/2” stainless steel screws #8 size
  • Drill with driver bit
  • Clear silicon caulk
  • Screwdriver

STEP 1: Measure
Measure the backsplash space with a measuring tape, draw a sketch of the opening on a sheet of paper and copy the dimensions on to your sketch. To measure, pull the measuring tape to the farthest edges of the countertop, cabinets, and any corners or appliances in the area.

STEP 2: Pick your fabric
Purchase a piece of cotton or linen fabric -- large patterns are the most fun! -- and cut it to fit with a pair of fabric shears. Make sure to cut it with 2-3 inches extra on all sides. You will trim this down later. It’s better to be longer than shorter!

STEP 3: Cut out outlets
You may have to snip holes for any electrical outlets with a crafts knife, again make sure to cut your opening a little smaller than the size of the outlet cover. The cover will go on TOP of it so you want to make sure that their are not gaps around the outlet cover because you made your opening too large.

STEP 4: Use a staple gun or Spray adhesive
You can either use a staple gun or spray adhesive to affix your fabric to the wall. The staple gun works great on drywall walls, whereas the spray adhesive is great for harder plaster or concrete walls. If you use the spray adhesive, use it sparingly as too much will bleed through the fabric and stain it. If you are using a staple gun, use a staple gun, secure the fabric to the wall from the top and along the sides, stapling about every 3 inches so there’s no drooping or air bubbles in the cloth.

STEP 5: Top with plexiglass
Buy a piece of 1/4-inch-thick Plexiglass at the hardware store, cut about 1/2 inch shorter than the width and height of the actual space. Drill holes, using an 1/8-inch drill bit for plastic, every 6 inches along the top and bottom of the plexiglass, or ask the store to do it. Ask the store to cut holes for electric outlets, too. Remove the paper from the plexiglass before drilling it on.

STEP 6: Secure plexiglass
Hang the plexiglass: Have someone help you place it over the fabric while you drill 1 1/2-inch stainless steel screws (#8 size) into the holes to secure it.

STEP 7: Seal plexiglass
Seal the top and bottom edges of the plexiglass with clear silicone caulk so the fabric won’t get wet as you cook or clean nearby (there will be around 1/4 inch of space to fill on each side). Let the caulk dry for at least two hours. Enjoy your new backsplash!

And here's one extra tip from Evette: If you're dying for those brightly covered appliances that are all the rage, but can't afford a whole new set? Solution: Spray paint them! Just read the label and make sure the spray paint is heat resitant and made for plastic. If it is, one can can cover 4-5 appliances!


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