Stone Kitchen Backsplash

My kitchen is definitely not my dream kitchen. For some stupid reason when my husband and I built our first home together 6 years ago, we picked out gray countertops and builder grade oak cabinets in the kitchen. Blah!

The gray countertops against the orangish oak cabinets never made sense to me and I wanted to upgrade my kitchen desperately. While we don’t have money to rip out all of the cabinets or purchase new countertops as of now, we decided a backsplash was our best option to tie the kitchen together on a budget.

While searching the aisles of our local Lowe’s, I found this wonderful stone for the backsplash that incorporated both shades of gray and orange.  Absolutely PERFECT!

This project was a little beyond my DIY skills, so I hired my neighbor to complete the job! I would walk you through the process step by step, but as I said before, hand off on this one!

I can tell you that we rented a wet saw, purchased some supplies and got to work! …and first stone is up!

OK, making some progress. We actually decided to replace all of the outlets and light switches to oil rubbed bronze hardware. We purchased that from Lowe’s as well.

Behind our stove we needed to add a piece of wood trim to bear the weight of the stones since it didn’t have the laminate backsplash to hang on. Just two screws in the trim piece and we were ready to rock. Once the adhesive cures, we can remove the trim (although we’ll probably just keep it up since it’s not hurting anything!).

Ready for some after shots? Just to warn you, there’s a bunch!

The colors seem to change throughout the day! Some of these shots are during the day with an abundance of natural light, while some others are at night with just ceilings lights on. Lovin’ it any time of day!

Such a great idea to switch out the cover plates and actual outlets to match my new backsplash! And don’t you just LOVE the texture and varying depth on the stones?

This stone backsplash from Lowe’s was about $25 a box (includes 6 pieces in each box). To complete the entire kitchen backsplash and desk area, we used 8 boxes. We also had to purchase 3 electrical outlets and 2 light switches in the oil rubbed bronze. Not too shabby to transform the entire kitchen for under $350 in materials!

View of my kitchen desk where I pay bills. A little messy but functional!

Yes, love how the orange and gray really pull from the stone backsplash to match the countertops and cabinets. It seems to all make sense now! So again here’s the before and after!

Thank you to our neighbor Jon for doing such a FANTASTIC JOB! I couldn’t be any happier with the outcome. It’s just amazing to me what a cheap fix can do to your space!

AND I’m super excited to get crown molding on my cabinets this Friday. WAHOO!! I’ll definitely be sharing that one next week :)



  1. says

    Wow! That look so good!! we’ve been trying to decide what sort of backsplash to do in our kitchen. I think I’m going to check this out at Lowe’s and see if it will work for us. I can’t believe what a diff. it made. Good job! Btw…love your blog.

    • howtonestforless says

      I would love to add bead board around the entire island and paint it! Now I just have to muster up the courage :)

  2. says

    I have Oak builder grade cabinets too. On alternate days that end in a Y I want to burn them or smash them off the wall in a fit of meh. I like your tile! I think it will work around my fireplace. I have lots of browns and tans but in my heart I wish I had slate. Your choice is the best of both worlds.

  3. Diane Jaquay says

    This looks TERRIFIC!! I would love to redo our kitchen but like you we don’t really have the money to do everything I’d like to. Perhaps a fix like yours is in order!

    • howtonestforless says

      Thank you so much, Laura! Yes, currently living in STL. Very cool that you were looking at SLU! Hope you like it :) I’m your newest follower!!

  4. says

    This really ties everything together beautifully! I love the stone and the texture it brings in as well. Did you apply it right to the drywall? Did you need to put up any sort of backerboard or anything, or is it ok since it’s resting on the laminate backsplash?

    • howtonestforless says

      It’s resting on the laminate backsplash so we didn’t need to apply anything to the drywall luckily! The only place we had to add support was behind the stove.

  5. says

    Way to kick it up a notch. Great job. Love your kitchen and love your blog. I’m a new follower. Pop over for a visit sometime!

  6. says

    Hi Erin! I’m in St. Louis, too! We have nearly the same exact kitchen – except mine still looks like your “before” picture. I love the warmth and texture that the stone brought to your kitchen. Newest follower!

  7. Amber says

    I just ran across your blog while browsing Just a Girl. My husband and I just put in the same backsplash in our kitchen and we love it! I love seeing how multifunctional it is – it can work in any kitchen! Thanks for sharing, very beautiful!

    • says

      Wow… we just purchased a box from Lowes last night and brought to home to mull it over and get used to the idea… We love it but were wondering how difficult it was to put the switch plates on over the stone and questioned whether or not it needed to be sealed? How is it to clean? Did you put on a sealer?

      • howtonestforless says

        It was difficult to cut around the light switches, but definitely worth it in the long run! We havent sealed it yet, but have plans to the near future. Lowes suggested sealing it once a year. Also it’s very easy to clean…I’m in love with it!

  8. says

    I love the backsplash that you chose! We eventually will be doing this in our kitchen, and have been wanting something just like this! Pinning this for later, stopping by from Ginger Snap Crafts!!

  9. Andrea says

    I like these tiles. They upgrade the look of your kitchen. We just tiled our back splash this weekend. I saw these tiles in Lowes and mentioned them to my hubby but we went with glass mosaics instead. I think these would look good on the fireplace though.

    • howtonestforless says

      I have a muted green on three of my kitchen wall and a cherry red on an accent wall. Sorry, I don’t have the exact colors! Painted them long before I started blogging :)

  10. says

    looks great. amazing what some back splash can do for a kitchen! I’m thinking about doing my own back splash so hopefully it ain’t too hard to do lol

  11. JennieD says

    I clicked onto this when I saw that it mentioned backsplash for kitchens ~ which is something I’m planning down the road. First of all, I’d like to say that your kitchen looks fantastic! :) With or without the backsplash tile! I’m also in the same ‘boat’ as far as not being able to afford a “total” revamp of my kitchen, so am making changes that I can afford and also live with. Once all the kitchen improvements are done with, I’d also like to do some kind of “backsplash” treatment too. My neighbors, also own a mobile home, has been in the process of redoing their kitchen. They’ve used some kind of glass material for their backsplash and it looks awesome! He showed me the back of this tile, has a mesh netting, that makes it easy to cut & trim to fit where it needs to be installed. I’ve seen a “faux brick” backsplash at IKEA that I like, but haven’t exactly decided on what type of “backsplash” material to use. I’ll let you know when I get to that point in my kitchen “redo.” :)

      • JennieD says

        Thanks for replying to both of my comments ~ [Vintage Pendants & Stone Backsplash]. The backsplash of my kitchen “redo” will be the last step of my kitchen project. Later today, Tuesday, I’ll be working on one of the plywood boards that will go under the kitchen sink area. [I’m having to reconstruct the “floor” area of the cabinetry]. I hate it when people “mickey-mouse” things and they don’t know what they’re doing to begin with! :( No worries, will definitely post some pics of the tiled backsplash when that phase of the kitchen “redo” is done! At least I’ve got 80% of the painting done in the kitchen! :) Take care & have a great week! :)

  12. Cindyt says

    My daughter and I were just talking about doing this in her kitchen yesterday! I reposted one of your pictures on my facebook page with credit and link back to you. Looks like a very do able project…and have encouraged my daughter to do it. She is kind of scared to tackle this project…as her husband doesn’t do projects around the house unless it has 4 wheels attatched to it…. :) Do you think this would be a good Mother and Daughter project?

    • says

      Thanks Cindy! I have to admit that I didn’t actually do this project on my own (my neighbor did most of the work), but I’ve heard WONDERFUL things about AirStone. Super easy to work with and you don’t need a wet saw to cut the stone. You can even get it at Lowe’s. Check it out here:

      Hope that helps! Good luck to you!!

  13. Todd says

    How did you get the light switches to fit on the backsplash flush? I wanted to do the same thing but the installer asked that we put the slate in the living room instead because of the light switches/outlets. Please help

    • says

      Working around the outlets was a little tricky. We definitely had to lay out the backsplash first to see what configuration would work best. We tried to get the thinnest pieces right around the outlets so it would be as close to flush as possible, but the outlets are not perfectly flush with the backsplash. There might be an 1/8 inch gap in some areas, but it’s definitely not noticeable unless you’re really looking for it. Hope that helps!

  14. Jeff says

    It definitely looks incredible. We are putting that in our kitchen right now. How did you get around there being gaps on the edge where you started? Lowes doesn’t make a border and trying to figure out how to fix that so there aren’t gaps showing has me stumped.

    • says

      Yeah, the outlets were a little hard to work around. We basically dug through the boxes to find the thinnest pieces that we could put in that area. The switch covers still were not flush against the stone backsplash once it was up, but finding the thinner pieces for that area definitely helped it look better without major gaps. Just keep trying different configurations to find what works best! Definitely the most grueling part of the entire process.

      I hope that helps a little bit! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  15. says

    My husband and I are considering this for our kitchen makeover (we have water damage). Our biggest concern is that it will be hard to clean. What is your experience with this?

  16. Tammy says

    Your kitchen looks great, I have two question…Did you tile behind the Refrigerator and how far down did you tile behind the Stove?

    • says

      No, we did not tile behind the refrigerator. We stopped where the countertop/cabinets ended. Also, we only tiled behind the stove straight across from one top of the base cabinets/countertop to the other.

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