Fix It Friday – Contact Paper as a Backsplash

Chasing PaperQ. I’ve seen your posts about using contact paper. Do you think it’s okay to use it as a back splash in my kitchen? -MissNancy81

A. Nancy, I think this is a question that many others will be happy that you’ve asked. If not, they should be.
I think this is a great way to have a temporary change to your kitchen. The KEY word being temporary. This is a good solution for renters who just despise the backsplashes they have now. Or for owners who need something to hold them over until they can afford a more suitable solution. I say this because it isn’t a strong enough material to hold up to the strong use that our kitchens receive. Well, maybe not my kitchen, but those of you who do actually cook often.

So, if you do want a short term boost then I say do it. It’s two of my favorite things: cheap, and easy.

Here are some samples of what I think works great.

This is fun because it really does resemble a smaller mosaic tile. Plus you can choose other colors and patterns from the seller, Vintage73.

Apartment Therapy

Maybe cut up the contact paper in squares, and turn every other piece. This will give you a look that resembles tile. Here is an example from Apartment Therapy.

Chasing Paper

Chasing Paper offers this green retro printed removable wallpaper. I think it’s fun and surprisingly very inexpensive. I recommend checking out their site for more great options.


If you want to see a completed project, please check out REMODELaholic. She did it all herself and can vouch for how easy it really is.

Have any of you done this yourself? I want to see. #DIYbacksplash @rhiannonsinteriors

Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is a designer based out of Los Angeles and writes for the popular design blog

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  1. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Rhiannon…this sparked a weekend diy project with SmartTiles at my house! I’ll be posting a blog entry later this week with before & after pics :). Thanks again!

  2. I did this once. Spent more than I could afford at the time on a high-quality black-and-white checkerboard vinyl and did a really nice job of fitting it around the kitchen faucet. It looked great…for the couple of weeks it lasted before the pipe sprung a leak and the wall had to be torn out to replace it.

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