DIY Temporary Kitchen Backsplash

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I've always admired those colorful glass backsplashes in new kitchens. So when I moved into my new apartment, I knew I wanted to find a way to install one to add some color and personality to my very white and boring kitchen. But because I live in a rental, I had to get creative and came up with this temporary glass backsplash solution.

It was so simple and really quick and easy to do, and required no power tools at all, just some scissors and a stapler with staples.

Step 1: First I bought fabric that had the look of tile and stapled to a 1/4" piece of plywood cut to the size of the wall I wanted to cover. I had the plywood cut at the hardware store to make things easier. You could also use mdf or hardboard and you could use paint to add color instead of covering the board with fabric.

Step 2: I slid the fabric covered plywood so that it wedged between the tile and the fan.

Step 3: I then slid a custom piece of 1/4" tempered glass I ordered online, wedging it between the fabric covered panel and the fan, using gloves to minimize fingerprints on the glass. The glass will protect the fabric from getting dirty and from the fire of the gas stove.

It was the perfect way to add some color in my kitchen and it was the jumping off point for the rest of my kitchen makeover.

I used paintable temporary wallpaper to create a feature wall and I love it!

You can see the entire makeover, including the backsplash, in this video.

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  • Jamie Tyler Smith Jamie Tyler Smith on Mar 28, 2021

    What a beautiful difference those 2 steps made! Great Job! Did you know you can soak material in liquid starch, and after wringing out, apply to the wall. It will stay until you pull it down and leave no lasting problems . Like wallpaper

  • Rkg7261014 Rkg7261014 on Feb 10, 2022

    What is temporary wallpaper?

  • MADI MADI on Feb 19, 2022

    I've been a fan of yours (a renter) for some time now and this was one of your projects I loved - that gorgeous "royal blue" wall ;)!! QUESTION: the Micro on the Fridge - is that blocking cupboards?? I'm having problems with placing mine and looking for ideas. TX.

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