$300 and Under: Make a backsplash
“Tiling is one of the most rewarding projects,” says Riard, and tiling a kitchen backsplash is one of the most transformative. Big-box home stores periodically offer free classes in tiling, and once you learn how to do it, you can install anything from white subway tiles to tiny glass squares to funky, colorful patterns behind the stove and around the kitchen cabinets to give the room a whole new look. If you want the look with less mess, the DIY Network sells a Bamboo Backsplash Kit (available on Amazon for $225) that covers 15 square feet of wall space and includes peel-and-stick tiles and pre-mixed grout. Metal self-stick tiles are even easier to install and cost about $14 a square foot, while Smart Tiles give the look of ceramic in easy-to-cut self-adhesive sheets for around $10 for a 10-by-10-inch square.
Cost for 15 square feet: $225 and less