DIY Splashback (Backsplash) With Wallpaper

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When my friend had a new kitchen recently installed, she didn’t want the usual tiled splashback for the cooker. She wanted something that was going to be a bit of a statement piece. Therefore when I come across some gorgeous Dragonfly wallpaper by Harlequin, I knew that was the one for her kitchen. A DIY splashback (backsplash) with wallpaper was the way to go. The wallpaper is protected with a piece of glass and is screwed to the wall. Plus you know what the really awesome thing about this DIY splashback (backsplash), is that it’s really easy to unscrew the glass and change the wallpaper when you feel like something different.
The first thing we did was measure the area for the splashback and cut some good quality plywood to the size.
Thinking carefully how the wallpaper pattern would fit we wallpapered the plywood.
We used a Harlequin, dragonflies wallpaper.
We got a sheet of 5.5mm toughened low iron glass cut to size at our local hardware store. We used a low iron toughened glass for this splashback (backsplash)because if it’s not low iron the glass can have a green hue to it. The DIY Splashback (backsplash) and the glass were fitted to the wall all together. With the mirror screws going through the glass and splashback (backsplash) into the wall. The screws were capped off with chrome mirror screw domes. Finally when it’s all in place you can fit the tile trim round the edge of your DIY splashback.
You can see more instructions and the bathroom splashback we also did on the blog. (link at the end).
I love to you use wallpaper for many of my DIY and upcycling projects. Click here , to see these wallpaper ideas including a tutorial for the kitchen bin in the photo above. You could use this method to paint and design your own splashback, you could even create a giant piece of wall art for splashback. Click here to see my tutorial on how easy it is to paint your own wall art.
Claire at Pillarboxblue
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  • Norma Norma on Dec 04, 2018

    Where did you get the glass and how much did it cost for a piece that large?

  • Joanne McDaniel Joanne McDaniel on Dec 04, 2018

    this might be a silly question, but what is the screen angled above the stove top for?

  • Nerissa Trenear-Harvey Nerissa Trenear-Harvey on Dec 08, 2018

    My husband lovez the floor. Is it parquet ? Or cleverly laid laminate?

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  • Dmotan Dmotan on Jul 06, 2021

    Love the wallpaper idea just wish it wasn't so isolated. If you sprayed Neverwet on the paper, you wouldn't need the glass. The stuff really does what it says it will do.

    • Claire at Pillarboxblue Claire at Pillarboxblue on Jul 06, 2021

      Thank you, I haven't heard of Neverwet. The glass also protects the wallpaper from cooking grease.

  • RED RED on Feb 21, 2022

    I love this! Makes it so easy to change when you want a refresh. That’s why I have a hard time commuting to tile. Plus if you sell, makes it easy for folks to change to their taste. Would also work with a great fabric. Just a bit more effort to finish off the ends.

    • Claire at Pillarboxblue Claire at Pillarboxblue on Feb 21, 2022

      Thank you, I’ve just recently changed the wallpaper and it was so easy. Iit’ll be posting an update showing the new design in a couple of weeks.