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Rental Upgrade Series: Budget Backsplash

Hello and happy Sunday! Today I wanted to introduce a new little series on the blog. As you may already know from one of my more recent posts, Isaac and I moved into a cute little house! We’ve both lived in apartments for a long time, so we are super excited to be on our own in our own little place. We have been doing little things here and there over the past few months to make our little rental house feel more like our own home. One of my more recent projects has been the addition of a REMOVABLE backsplash in the kitchen. Wait, what? It’s rental friendly? Yes, you heard right!

I found this roll of removable subway tile wallpaper at Target for under $40. They have so many different prints that I’m tempted to use it in other areas of our house. This project was way easier than I expected to be and only took me around an hour and a half, (by myself).

Here’s what our kitchen looked like before:

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For this project you’re going to need:

Faux Subway Tile Backsplash

I started to measure out how big I needed each strip to be, but then I realized it was easier to just figure out how many rows of tile would cover the wall between the counter and the bottom of the cabinets. I only needed three rows of tile to cover my wall.

subway tile wallpaper

I used the screwdriver to remove the outlet and switch covers and got to work!

removable wallpaper tutorial

The wallpaper is way easier to apply if you spray glass cleaner onto the wall before sticking the paper down. The glass cleaner allows you to reposition the wallpaper as needed so you get that perfect and seamless application and won’t damage your paint. (Make sure to be careful while spraying around the electrical outlets).

removable wallpaper rental

I used the xacto knife to cut around the electrical outlets and the light switch panels.

diy faux backsplash

The squeegie is perfect for getting all the bubbles out. Pushing the squeegie down the wall removes all of the glass cleaner. I just wiped the glass cleaner away with some paper towels.

how to apply removable wallpaper

Continue the process of spraying the wall with glass cleaner, applying the removable wallpaper, and using the squeegie to remove the liquid until your wall is covered! That’s pretty much all there is to it!

diy subway tile backsplash

I love my new backsplash. It gives our kitchen a little something extra without having to check with our landlord or shelling out copious amounts of money on a house we know we will eventually move out of. This roll of removable wallpaper is super cost effective. I feel like I hardly touched the roll even after covering up the space in our kitchen. I have a lot leftover for future projects.

Here is the after:

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I’m all about upgrading things on a budget. This home upgrade was easy peasy and I’m obsessed with the result! I have more posts like this coming soon so be sure to stay tuned. Do you have any rental hacks/upgrades you love? Let me know in the comments!



1 thought on “Rental Upgrade Series: Budget Backsplash

  1. This looks great. It gives the room such pizzazz! Brightens that area under the cupboards, too, and I bet it will be easier than the wall was to keep clean.

    Terrific idea! Thanks for sharing!

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