So after my last post you guys now know about the weird phase my kitchen is going through these days. Transitioning out of solid brown into a gray-greige-brown combo and still pretty much not the cutest kitchen in the world. But there is a bright spot, literally: my new diy temporary backsplash.
Our existing backsplash is made up of these brown square glass tiles. While glass tiles generally are awesome, this brown is just one layer of brown too many for me.
It really isn’t worth it to tear out the tiles or do a backsplash overhaul now since we are working on planning our new kitchen (and I’m whiling away late night hours on Houzz). Really, it wasn’t even worth the investment to do some other temporary backsplashes like beadboard, paneling, etc. But what is worth it? Pictures. Wall-to-wall pictures that cover a lot of the existing backsplash, bring in some color, and liven up this kitchen.
This project was so super easy. I measured out what would fit in between my countertop and upper cabinets, grabbed six picture frames from Ikea ($3.99 each) and then set about to find some art for them. I used Kelly’s idea to get some wallpaper samples from Spoonflower to use as art. For only $5 a pop, this art is priced right for me and definitely priced right for a temporary backsplash.
I went with an arrow theme so that while there are a bunch of different colors, they all kind of go together. Then I framed them, played around with their order, and put them up.
I stuck them up with a glue gun and tape (so easy with the glass backsplash) but on other walls you could try Command strips (which I’ve used again and again without a picture ever popping off the wall).
I skipped the area behind the range – no sense in burning down my house for sake of backsplash vanity. And I also skipped some other tiny areas like between the fridge and dork-o appliance garage. Regardless, I think the new art-turned-backsplash detracts from the remaining glass tiles and makes my kitchen more cheerful. And me, too.
For less than $55 I’ve got a temporary backsplash that should tide me over until our real kitchen remodel. The pictures clean up super easily if there are any splashes on them and I can reuse them in other parts of my house once I get a real backsplash. Waste not want not, I say. Actually, I don’t say that. I really just don’t like to waste money.
So, anyone else have good ideas for a temporary backsplash? Or love turning wallpaper into art? So glad my kitchen is happier now, even if it is going through somewhat of an identity crisis.