Asked on Dec 28, 2014

Need ideas for garbage can backsplash?

Jessica A
by Jessica A
In my kitchen, the wall behind the garbage can is always getting splattered with something. As I wash it, the paint is wearing thin. I am looking for ideas that won't cost much.
  16 answers
  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Dec 28, 2014
    You could install a back board made for wet areas like the shower, or a sheet of plexiglass.
  • You could simply repaint it and then think about using a matching vinyl wallpaper or even contact paper to cover the area. As Adrianne C suggested you could see if you can find a piece of plexi (after you repaint it) and cover the area. Good luck
  • Cindi Rahier Cindi Rahier on Dec 28, 2014
    Use linoleum, easy to clean and durable!
  • Milknhoneycreations Milknhoneycreations on Dec 29, 2014
    I had the same problem and after using different ideas, found that it was worth putting in a few $ and making a small tile design behind it. it really doesn't have to be too big and since I had extra tiles from my kitchen back-splash, it went well with the rest of the kitchen. It is super easy to clean now!
    • Barbara Burnham Barbara Burnham on Dec 29, 2014
      Along that line, many tile stores have broken/damaged goods in the back. Go to some tile retailers and ask if you can sort thru. Pick out colors that go with your kitchen and create a mosaic. Even dirty it will be less noticab know exactly until cleaned and you'll have a piece of art too. It is often sold by the pound when broken and SUPER cheap.
  • Jackie Bain Jackie Bain on Dec 29, 2014
    Melamine board, like a write on wipe off board, is sold at home improvement stores and easily installs with either construction glue or nails. Its really inexpensive and cleans easy. For added durability get a spray can of paint made to be washable or OK for outdoor use. It should outlast your garbage can!
  • Luna Lovegood Luna Lovegood on Dec 29, 2014
    You could find an inexpensive piece of fabric, cut to size, and adhere to the wall using spray adhesive, or drill an acrylic sheet over it for super easy wipe down.
  • Donna Jenkins Donna Jenkins on Dec 29, 2014
    you could use an inexpensive peel & stick tile washable & beautiful i would add adhesive also
  • Pamela Langone Pamela Langone on Dec 29, 2014
    All the ideas seem great but if you have the paint already just touch it up. Will be the cheapest way to go.
  • Chavish Chavish on Dec 29, 2014
    The two best solutions I've seen in homes: -tiling the wall from counter height to the floor. It looks nice and is easy to clean. -gluing a layer of linoleum/PVC on a surface. I saw this on a kitchen island. It looked a little bit tacky, but it was cheaper than buying and setting tiles.
  • Deborah Deborah on Feb 03, 2015
    So hate this myself! I have looked for ways to hide the trashcan and I wonder where on earth this would be. Do you have a way to house the trash can in an cabinet somewhere? I have the same problem. It seems to me this would be adding attention to your trashcan so whatever you choose be sure that you choose something that blends well with the wall maybe plexiglass? IM thinking on moving mine under my crowded sink and downsize the trash can. I have garbage disposal, water purifying system that eats up lots of under the sink room. However, I would have to take out trash more often but beats it sticking out in my tiny kitchen. Let us know your solution, Im right there with ya!
  • Jessica A Jessica A on Dec 31, 2015
    Thank you everyone. I don't have cabinet space to house trash can, plus with the kids, we go through a lot of garbage--big can. I like the tile idea and the peel and stick idea. I have been painting and tired of it. I was thinking beadboard--painted and glossed. But I think I like tile best. Thank you again. :)
    • Jackie Bain Jackie Bain on Jan 01, 2016
      You can buy sheets of the laminate they use four countertops, there are some nice ones and they're inexpensive. With a gloss wood trim, it will outlast breadboard.
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 10, 2016
    glass board, sheet acrylic come to mind....very scrub able.
  • Lucy Veira Lucy Veira on Oct 22, 2017

    I bought a kitchen wall decal and placed it behind the garbage can

    • Peggy Cannon Peggy Cannon on Jul 23, 2021

      Hi Lucy, Can you tell me where you got the decal? I've been looking online and can't find anything,.



  • Anya Anya on Feb 22, 2020

    Hello Jessica

    I created a product about 15 years ago that I just patented. I named the creation simply Trash Can Splasher. It does exactly what you are looking for. I have advertised them on Esty. If you like I can send you a tester.


  • Karen Layton Karen Layton on Jun 14, 2021

    I used a face shield and attached a length of elastic and attached it to my can! It even helps to keep the trash bag up!!!