Temporary backsplash

deee_gwApril 17, 2013

Wild ideas welcome!

I'm looking for ideas on how to cover up my current, hideous back splash. My counters are white, the cabinets are white and the current splash is 6 by 6 hunter green textured tiles with brown flecks, The grout looks like the previous owners painted it with white out. Pretty.

We are redoing the kitchen in the next year or so I don't want do anything labor intensive nor do I want to spend a lot of cash.

The material has to be fairly thin so it won't mess up the outlets. The flexible fake tin ceiling tiles are an option. Honestly, I am even considering neutral peel and stick floor tile as they would look better than what is currently up there. I've also considered bead board but I don't think the kitchen needs any more white.

Can anyone suggest any other materials? Because the splash is temporary it doesn't have to be super durable. I'm pretty open to just about anything - rustic, industrial, whatever.

This post was edited by deee on Wed, Apr 17, 13 at 14:45

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Beadboard in sheets - cut it to fit. Paint it some other colour.

This stuff is paintable - we used it in the galley of our boat. It took paint very well. You could use 'scrubbable' kitchen paint, to make it easier to wipe clean.

Here is a link that might be useful: Home Depot Beadboard sheets

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 2:58PM
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Great idea, sara! My sister put up a beadboard backsplash when she was getting her house ready to put on the market. I was really surpised at how good it looked. I don't know that it would be my first choice for the long-term, but it would be excellent for the OP's application, and inexpensive, too!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 3:19PM
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The thing is you're going to remove what's there anyway. Just imagine how fabulous it would be to be rid of it altogether. If the tile was installed properly you might want to cut the sheetrock out and replace it with a new piece that you can paint temporarily. If the tile was installed badly (I'm guessing this is a real possibility) it can be SO easy to pull down. Why cover it when you can remove it (either way) in 1/2 a day max?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 12:47AM
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You can paint it. You clean the bejabbers out if it. Rinse well, Let it dry completely; Paint one coat of white pigmented shellac. And follow up w/ coat of enamel in any color you please. The last time I did this I used BM oil-based Impervo, which I think you can still get in quarts in some places. Two coats did the trick. I had it up for at least five years. Normal care regarding cleaning. I was surprised at how well it stuck to the tile.



    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 3:24AM
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Check out the link below, which discusses using faux-concrete covered boards to cover up a tile backsplash. I think the end result looks great!

Here is a link that might be useful: Food52 kitchen remodel

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 10:38AM
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