I've had my own backsplash issues in the past (still haven't found a solution I like) so I am always on the lookout for a low cost, high impact solution. When Karen and her husband found themselves in a rental house after moving for work, they needed an inexpensive way to jazz up their rental home. Apart from repainting the kitchen and living room, Karen also wanted a way to improve a backsplash that just never seemed to clean up properly.
When I first saw this makeover, I thought Karen used the same stainless steel adhesive tiles that I was looking at for my kitchen, but this is a much simpler, much less expensive option. Karen used that most prosaic of products- contact paper- to transform her kitchen from drab to fab. Alternating the grain to create a checkerboard pattern, and a credit card to smooth out any air bubbles, Karen's transformation was time-consuming but simple enough for the newest DIYer.
For more information this project or Karen's other efforts to transform her temporary rental house into a family home, check out her blog A Lease to Decorate.
Images: Karen Huffman at A Lease to Decorate.