Install a Tile Wallpaper Backsplash

Instead of using tile, try cutting pieces of wallpaper in interesting shapes to make a durable and washable backsplash.
rxr2006_3_wallpaperbacksplash

rxr2006_3_wallpaperbacksplash

Instead of using tile, try cutting pieces of wallpaper in interesting shapes to make a durable and washable backsplash.

Instead of using tile, try cutting pieces of wallpaper in interesting shapes to make a durable and washable backsplash.

Materials and Tools: 

wallpaper
paint for base coat
craft knife
straight edge
cutting mat
bucket
water-based polyurethane

Steps:

1. Start by making sketches of the area and trying different sizes of tiles. The featured project places them on the diagonal to add even more pattern to the kitchen. There is a pattern of one full and one half rows.

2. Apply the base coat paint. Once dry, draw very light vertical pencil lines to use as a guide to make sure the pieces are straight.

3. Cut wallpaper pieces out of the desired patterns. Dip each in a bucket of lukewarm water and secure it to the wall according to the pencil lines.

4. Allow the paper to dry for several days, and then apply several layers of water-based polyurethane to make it washable.

If the countertop extends beyond the upper cabinets, go the full length of the counter and make a nice corner of paint and paper pieces to meet the upper cabinet. 

Extend the backsplash design to the ceiling between the window over the sink and the upper cabinets for a finished look.

Even though one would expect a tile backsplash to continue over to the small cabinet by the fridge, the flow of regular wallpaper would be chopped up and make the area look even smaller so leave it in the main pattern.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Installing Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Add color to your kitchen with a tile backsplash.

How to Install a Marble Tile Backsplash

Boost your kitchen's wow factor in a three-day weekend by installing a timeless Carrara marble backsplash in an updated subway tile pattern.

How to Install a Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Learn how easy it is to install a kitchen tile backsplash with these step-by-step instructions.

Weekend Projects: How to Install a Tin Tile Backsplash

Looking for something unusual to spice up your kitchen? Install a tin tile backsplash. It will take less than a weekend and cost less than $100 in materials.

Glass Tile Backsplash Ideas

Explore glass tile backsplash ideas, and prepare to install an attractive and efficient backsplash in your kitchen.

Mosaic Tile Backsplash Ideas

Explore mosaic tile backsplash ideas, and get ready to install an attractive and visually diverse backsplash in your home.

Tile Backsplash Ideas

Browse tile backsplash ideas, and get ready to install an attractive and protective backsplash in your home.

Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Create a fun mosaic tile kitchen backsplash with these simple do-it-yourself ideas.

How to Create A Colorful Glass Tile Backsplash

Create a custom kitchen backsplash with inexpensive glass tiles and marbles. This colorful, geometric design will give your kitchen a bright, fresh look.

Self-Adhesive Backsplash Tiles

Simplicity and budget-friendliness are two winning characteristics of self-adhesive backsplash tiles.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.