Is It Possible to Waterproof Wallpaper?

Is It Possible to Waterproof Wallpaper?

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Regina Yunghans
Jan 17, 2012

Q: I've been an avid follower of Apartment Therapy since becoming a homeowner of a total gut job of an apartment in Clinton Hill in Brooklyn - I would love to be considered for a house tour once I get everything completed, but for now, I'm hoping my fellow readers can help me out with a conundrum I'm facing in my kitchen.

I wanted to add some color into my new kitchen (which has high gloss white Ikea Abstrakt cabinets on top and gray cabinets on the bottom), but the guy at the tile store ixnayed using color tiles for my backsplash - concerned about resale value. My parents had this amazing wallpaper lying around since the 80s, and I absolutely fell in love with it (not to mention it was a way cheaper option than tile and can be easily changed in the future if I want to try something different). Now it's on the wall, but I'm stumped as how to make it waterproof. I got a quote from a glass store in Brooklyn for plexiglass, but it came with a pricetag of over $300. A friend suggested using a glue like Mod Podge or some other liquid application - but I'm worried the liquid might damage the paper. Anyone have any suggestions?

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