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Temporary Kitchen Backsplashes for Renters
Just because you rent, doesn't mean you can't refresh your outdated kitchen. Sure, ripping out the floor or cabinets may land you in housing court, but there are other ways you can spice up your space without violating your lease. For instance, here are 13 removable backsplash projects that won't put your security deposit at risk.Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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Fake a Herringbone Backsplash
This eye-popping herringbone backsplash was created using a Sharpie oil-based paint marker. The keen DIY'er behind this project at Classy Clutter traced a piece of subway tile (over and over) to create the repeating tile pattern.Continue to 3 of 14 below.
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Tile DecalsContinue to 4 of 14 below.
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Removable Fabric Backsplash
If your kitchen backsplash is nothing more than boring drywall, you can dress it up with upholstery fabric and acrylic sheeting.
After cutting both materials to fit between your countertop and cabinets, soak the fabric in a mixture of one part decoupage glue to two parts water and then gently wring out. Using a wallpaper squeegee to smooth out creases and wrinkles, adhere the front side of the wet fabric to the back of the acrylic sheet. Let dry. Next, attach your new backsplash to the wall using... double stick tape.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Reclaimed Wood Backsplash
Give your kitchen a dash of rustic charm using reclaimed wood. Before installing, apply three coats of water-resistant sealer to the planks. Once dry, adhere each board to the wall using removable, adhesive putty.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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Removable Tile Backsplash
Need a removable backsplash solution that can handle nasty food splatters? Hang a wood board covered with real tile (these geometric were a steal at 50 cents each).Continue to 7 of 14 below.
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One-of-a-Kind Wallpaper Backsplash
Add a bold pattern to your rental kitchen by creating a one-of-a-kind backsplash using vinyl wallpaper scraps.Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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Contact Paper Backsplash
If you have ninja-like scissors skills, you can create any tile shape you fancy with contact paper.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Faux Subway Tile Backsplash
If you love the look of subway tile, expect to pay up to $12 per square foot to install the real thing — or you can fake it for a lot less using black and white paint.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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Scrapbook Kitchen Backsplash
You can fake the look of colorful tile for less than $20 using heavyweight scrapbook paper. To do, apply each sheet one at a time using a water-resistant decoupage glue and sealer such as Mod Podge Outdoor. When it's time to remove your creation, spray it down with water to make peeling off easier.Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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Make a Shiplap Backsplash
Love shiplap? This idea allows you to get the look on the cheap with temporary peel and stick floor planks.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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Peel and Stick Tiles
So you love glass mosaic backsplashes, but your landlord won't let you install one in your rental. No problem! The backsplash above was created using a product called Smart Tiles. While it looks like the real deal, it's easy to remove vinyl.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Chalkboard Paint Backsplash
All you need is a blank wall and chalkboard paint to create a kitchen backsplash perfect for jotting down grocery lists.Continue to 14 of 14 below.
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Stainless Contact Paper
Need a quick fix for a hideous tile backsplash? Stainless steel contact paper will conceal ugly stat.