Kitchens Sell Boise Homes!
Lately I have seen a lot of really good looking acid washed, oxidized metal back splashes in high end commercial settings and thought it would be a great idea to add some pop to your new homes kitchen backsplash, guest bath or even a whole wall. Lucky Fins on Eagle road has an awesome backsplash in their bar and we saw another great example in one of the restaurants in Hyde Park last week at the street fair. There are hundreds of ways that you could incorporate this into your home. I am going to do kitchen back splash when we redo the kitchen great room at our Ballantyne house next year! So for the sake of this blog I will approach from that angle!
The Choices Are Almost Endless
There are hundreds of different products in a range of colors and styles. From metallic paints to oxidizing products with some sweet colors. Go for a copper look with a coat of copper paint and follow that up with Tiffany green and blue, rust or black antique patinas. For a more artsy fartsy look, try rusty red, rusty yellow and rusty orange to get a mosaic effect. There are do it yourself kits from companies like Modern Masters that are designed for small projects all the way up to companies like Triple S that have a large variety of patinas including antiquing solutions to oxidize brass copper and bronze and ferrous metals like silver, nickel, zinc, tin, steel, stainless steel and even aluminum.
What about the cost you might say. It sounds spendy! But it is not a 4 foot by 10 foot sheetof 16 to 20 gauge sheet metal will run you about $40 to $50 dollars. So 4 or 5 sheets $250 total. The primers, paints, patinating solutions and cleaning solutions will run you about $100-200 depending on how big your project is. A fabrication shop will cut to your specifications for around $100-200 dollars. The more extravagant the more expensive. Install it yourself or hire a handyman for about $300. I am doing it myself. So for about $650 dollars I have the coolest back splash on the street. The cost to do the wall behind your guest bathroom sink would be just a couple of hundred dollars.
Get busy and try out this inexpensive way to give your home a designer feel for a fraction of the cost of a tile back splash! Combine it with some awesome concrete counter tops and your house will be to cool for school!