Rental Rehab: 13 Removable Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

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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    Just because you rent, doesn't mean you can't refresh your outdated kitchen.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.

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    Fake a Herringbone Backsplash

    Classy Clutter

    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.


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    Tile Decals

    Quadro Style

    Give an old tile backsplash or boring blank wall a fresh and stylish new look with removable, tile stickers. Options made of nonporous vinyl are a cinch to wipe clean. To apply each decal just peel and stick. 

    A pack of 32 square, tile decals starts at $29.95 at Quadro Style.

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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.

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    Reclaimed Wood Backsplash

    My DIY Nest

    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. 

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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).

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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.

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    Contact Paper Backsplash

    Walking With Dancers

    If you have ninja-like scissors skills, you can create any tile shape you fancy with contact paper.

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    Faux Subway Tile Backsplash

    Sweet Parrish Place

    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.

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    Scrapbook Kitchen Backsplash

    Art Bead Scene

    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.

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    Make a Shiplap Backsplash

    All Things With Purpose

    Love shiplap? This idea allows you to get the look on the cheap with temporary peel and stick floor planks.

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    Peel and Stick Tiles

    Thrifty Crafty Girl

    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.

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    Chalkboard Paint Backsplash

    chalkboard paint kitchen backsplash
    Brooklyn Home Maker

    All you need is a blank wall and chalkboard paint to create a kitchen backsplash perfect for jotting down grocery lists.

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    Stainless Contact Paper

    Burlap and Denim

    Need a quick fix for a hideous tile backsplash? Stainless steel contact paper will conceal ugly stat.