Roundup: 11 DIY Backsplash Ideas For Renters

Roundup: 11 DIY Backsplash Ideas For Renters

Laure Joliet
Mar 12, 2009

Yesterday's post on great tile resources for the kitchen and bath had some readers wondering what reversible things they could do to their backsplash if they're renting. Anh-Minh had a great idea to have a piece of stainless steel cut to fit the area (sort of like this idea), then it can just be removed when you move out and it works great to cover up ugly or old tile. Jump below for 10 more reversible ideas for renters to improve a backsplash:


Steel Backsplash can be done affordably!

Inspiration: Vintage Postcard Backsplash Use old postcards, use old magazines, use drawings you've made, just protect it with a sheet of plexiglass.

A Chalkboard Backsplash can replace regular paint options and give some drama and utility to your backsplash. Just paint it back to it's original color when you move.

Shelving: If you've got room, add some shelving just make sure to anchor them well and to anchor what's on them so they don't shake off in an earthquake. This is harder to undo when you move, but could be well worth it if you need more storage or to break up a lot of wall.

Add Temporary Wallpaper: they are normally vinyl based so that they can peel off more easily later so that solves some of the moisture issues and, as stated by a reader, they peel off without a trace when you're all done. (check out this version done with real wallpaper).

atla-032508-doors01.jpgEmbossed Wallpaper can be adhered to a board that's been cut to fit the backsplash, then paint it, then put it in place and get the look of tile (in any color you want) and remove it when you're done. This level of difficulty is beyond us, but we know there are some very dedicated diy'ers out there!

092507_mibo.jpgTile decals can be added to liven up some ho hum tile without any real work or committment. Just peel them off when you get tired of them.

Us a Glass Backsplash like Maxwell and Sara-Kate and protect the bright color you've painted.

Use Painted Pegboard to add organization and color to your backsplash. Just make sure to use glossy paint! Have it cut in sections to fit and then either drill (if you can) or affix with some crazy foam tape or braces that come down from the upper cabinets.

Paint a Bright Color if you don't have tile then you can paint the backsplash any color you want and paint it back when you move. Laura painted hers turquoise, ours is a light blue and Maxwell and Sara Kate's is a warm yellow. What color is yours?

Mirrored Backsplash can be cut to size by a local glass and mirror place (like this one in LA) and places over whatever is already there. Take it out when you're done!

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