Just because you rent doesn't mean you can't refresh your outdated kitchen. Ripping out the floor or painting the cabinets may be prohibited by your lease, but there are other ways you can spice up your space. A removable backsplash can transform a major kitchen element without putting your security deposit at risk.
When calculating how much tile or backsplash to order, add an additional 10% for damaged tiles or mistakes made during application.
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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 it 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 the fabric dry. Next, attach your new backsplash to the wall using double stick tape.Continue to 4 of 13 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 the planks are completely dry, adhere each one to the wall using removable adhesive putty.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Removable Tile Backsplash
Need a removable backsplash solution that can handle nasty food splatters? Cover a custom-sized piece of plywood with real tile, using tile mastic, then grout the tile so it's just like the real thing. Hang the tiled board over the backsplash, behind the stove or sink or anywhere.Continue to 6 of 13 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 scraps of peel-and-stick vinyl wallpaper.Continue to 7 of 13 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. Simply cut out the pieces to look like tile, then stick them on the wall, leaving little gaps between the pieces to simulate grout joints.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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Scrapbook Kitchen Backsplash
You can fake the look of colorful tile for less than $20, using heavyweight scrapbook paper. Apply each sheet, one at a time, using 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 it off easier.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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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 12 of 13 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 13 of 13 below.
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Stainless Contact Paper
Need a quick fix for a hideous tile backsplash? Stainless steel contact paper will conceal ugly in no time.