Renter Friendly Washi Tape Backsplash

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I love our little apartment, but the kitchen was missing something.. I didn't want to damage the wall or lose my security deposit - so I came up with this easy, (temporary) renter approved solution! Check out the video for more how-to's!

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I began searching for inspiration at Home Depot in the backsplash section - I fell in love with this staggered tile backsplash, but I also loved the graphic elements in some of the other backsplashes. I decided I wanted a pattern to add texture and I wanted pops of silver to brighten up the space. I looked into peel & stick tile - but I knew I wanted a cheap, temporary solution --

Step 1: Empty Counter

Back at home, I started by emptying everything off the counter.

Next stop - Michael's.

To achieve the look I wanted, I purchased a few rolls of washi tape. I wanted my backsplash to be a staggered line pattern with pops of silver.

As you can see there are so many colors & styles to choose from!

Step 2: Measure

Next, I measured my space.. Then, estimate - depending on how much wall you want to cover depends on how much tape you'll need.

I purchased a few rolls of navy blue, a few patterned rolls, and a few rolls of silver. I ended up using a total of 4 & 1/2 rolls.

Step 3: Clean

Back at home- using disinfectant wipes - I wiped down the entire surface so it was free of any grease or cooking splashes that may be on the wall.

Step 4: Apply

Next, I began applying the tape. The great thing about washi tape is if you don't like where you placed a piece - you're free to move it around!

Since my wall was already a light gray I decided to incorporate my wall in the backsplash - so I layered pieces around it.

Step 5: Cut around details

Using an exact-o knife I cut around the spice rack, metal strip and the plug that were already in place.

I love my new backsplash -- it really ties the space together and gives it a finished look! It also added the modern touch I was looking for! It was so easy and completely one of a kind ;)

I didn't seal it to keep it renter approved - but i've been amazed as how well it's held up through cooking and washing dishes! It still looks good as new!

Have a blank wall in another room? Try this!

Using the same washi tape I added an accent wall to my room! :)

I hope this inspires you to find renter solutions (all over your apartment)!

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  • Dianne
    on Mar 25, 2020

    This looks great!! How did you keep the washi tape lines so straight? In the video it appears that you are randomly placing the strips of tape, but I do not see any lines.

  • Judith
    on Mar 25, 2020

    Was this mor3 expensive than putting on 12 by 12 peel and stick tiles?

    • Lana
      on Mar 25, 2020

      I don't think that tape is that can get a roll on Amazon that is almost 1/2 in. wide by 23 ft. long for $5.00. One sheet of 12 x 12 peel and stick tile can cost $32.

  • Nancy
    on Mar 26, 2020

    How is this to keep clean? I can't imagine it would hold up very long, but I could be wrong.

    • Jeanne Martin
      on Mar 26, 2020

      She said it's held up very well while cooking and doing dishes. You'd have to be a little more gentle in cleaning it but lightly wiping it with a paper towel with cleaner on it shouldn't be a problem cuz Washi tape sticks really well.

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  • Danna Frazier
    on Mar 26, 2020

    Wow! Both walls are amazing. I love your color choices, as well.

  • Nancy Nardone
    on Mar 26, 2020

    If I want to seal it what do I use the best

    • Andi
      on Mar 27, 2020

      I’m wondering the same thing. I have an under the stairs area that I’m redoing...but I can see the kids peeling this off. Polyurethane seems like overkill.

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