I have been putting off decorating my kitchen backsplash for along time, only because I did not want to drill a hole through the backsplash. My fear was that my husband would either crack the entire back splash tile completely (leaving us to try to find matching backsplash tile for the rest of the kitchen 7 years after the house was built) or drill too deep and puncture the outside of the house (which he would like me to state that he would never have done).
I was using the excuse of not having the kitchen re-painted as to why our home wasn't decorated (we've been on a mission to repaint our entire house from its original colors). Starting this past March, I can't use that excuse anymore - as Ryan crossed off his honey do of painting the entire kitchen, foyer, and living room. What an overachiever 🙂 Love that man.
As most know, I am a hoarder of Pottery Barn, Ballard Design, and Birch Lane store catalogs. I use them for inspiration when I get stuck on debating on furniture pieces. I flipped through Ballard Design and found this amazing picture:
How perfect is that? A giant clock to decorate a kitchen backslash! I did not have $130 to spend on a clock. So I did the next best thing. I took a 40% coupon to Hobby Lobby and got a clock in a similar size and color for a quarter of the price! Hobby Lobby is amazing.
The next step was figuring out how to get this bad boy to stick on the backsplash. We used several Command strip products, but I would highly recommend against those for kitchen backsplash decor. It was kind of scary when I had just removed a hot pot from the stove and heard a loud bang, turned around, and found the clock was face down on the hot stove. Luckily, nothing else terrible happened (boiling water, hot oil - shudder to even think about it).
So, one day, I came home, and Ryan (with his ingenuity), figured out a way to connect it without looking too gaudy. He used 20 lb fishing line wrapped around a screw that was discretely drilled into the above vent.
Even in these pictures, you can hardly see the fishing line. Its been two months, and so far, this clock has managed to stay in place!
In new homes today, most have a design already embedded into the backsplash where you wouldn't need anymore decor.
Pin this image below for inspiration:
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