DIY 'Bathing Beauties' Bar Backsplash

2 Materials
1 Hour

This poor wet bar - the closest my husband has to a "man cave" in our new home - sits in our TV room and was just so sad-looking. Armed with a can of paint and a free photo, it went from eyesore to conversation piece!
The bar - BEFORE
Our TV room has a beach-y vibe going on so when we stumbled upon a FREE photo from the Library of Congress of a group of 'bathing beauties' from the 1920s, we knew it would make an awesome backsplash.
Source: Library of Congress
After calling every single graphic printer in town and getting nowhere, I turned my search online where I discovered a very cool new material called Photo-Tex Adhesive Polyester Fabric. Essentially what I wound up ordering was a giant decal that could be re-positioned and removed innumerable times.
So after a coat of fun color to the cabinets, the 'bathing beauties' are an immediate conversation piece as folks wait for their craft beverage or creative cocktail! A minimal investment of time and effort has created an innovative back splash alternative to tile.
Need an alternative pattern idea to the traditional layout of subway tiles? See how we 'stair stepped' our way to a super affordable DIY kitchen back splash.
For another fun vintage graphics project, see how we re-purposed my husband's (no value) childhood comic books into a simple DIY superhero gallery wall.

Suggested materials:

  • Paint  (Hardware store)
  • Scissors  (Craft store)

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3 of 26 questions
  • Khu9291583
    on Feb 7, 2019

    Do you have a ste for this product?

  • Kim Sobaszek
    on Feb 8, 2019

    I too would like to know where to get this decal? Love it?

  • Cheryl
    on Feb 14, 2019

    I love this idea. Thank you for sharing. I love photos. Especially old time photos. I think I may do this with family photos in our bathroom

    • Cindy Aubin
      on May 9, 2019

      Does the poly tech photo fabric clean easily, or does it collect stains?

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  • Carol Carlisle
    on Feb 8, 2019

    I would like this in a runner in my bathroom.

  • Donna
    on Feb 8, 2019

    love the look of your project. what is the color name for those beautiful cabinets, thanks

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