Here’s a bunch of different ideas for updating the kitchen backsplash wall, nearly all come with detailed instructions for how to complete the job yourself. There’s a little bit of everything in this collection (ceramic tile, painted glass, pebbles, brick, etc.) with some pretty nifty (and thrifty) ideas. As always, I’ll be adding to this project list as I find new goodies. Have fun!
Bead Board Panels : No tutorial provided but I included it in this list for inspiration, I think it looks great! Use bead board by itself or add a decorative tile border.
Framed Prints : Photocopy images of your choosing then frame in flexible-glass frames. The frames are mounted onto the wall with photo mounting strips and hung by small nails.
Tin Tiles : Decorative tin tiles are measured and cut to size with tin snips then applied to the wall with construction adhesive.
Glass Pebbles : You can use pebbles, seashells, buttons, sea glass, pennies, etc., with this technique. Items are applied to clear mounting sheets, mastic is applied to wall then pebble sheets and grout applied.
Vinyl Photo Backsplash : Ermmm, hmmm. Not my style but maybe I just don’t have the imagination to make this work ;). Definitely an interesting idea!
Plexiglass & Decorative Paper : This is a video tutorial using custom cut Plexiglas and decorative wallpaper. Apply to wall with screws or seal in with caulking.
Painted Wood Slats : Easy peasy project! Simply nail wooden slats to the wall (evenly spaced) then paint. I think it looks awesome!
Ceramic Tile How-To : Gives tips for planning out the design, choosing tiles, installing them with adhesive or mastic and then applying grout. Also references a helpful video tutorial.
You’ll also find a quick tutorial for applying mesh backed tiles on this page  (homedepot.ca).