How to Fake a Backsplash in a Rental

Apr 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Kitchen with tile backsplash
Image: Getty Images/Design: Kenzie Mastroe/SheKnows

If there is one thing renters can collectively agree on, it's that we tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to revamping the kitchen. Aside from the handful of superficial cosmetic changes one can make — painting the cabinets, replacing the pulls or investing in viable countertop storage solutions to name a few — there's hardly much else to do sans risking the security deposit.

Taking that into consideration, it's all about making manageable changes and simple swaps that will result in a statementworthy finish with major decorative impact. One such change comes by way of the kitchen backsplash — a modern-day luxury and rarity for most city-dwellers and renters. And because investing in an expensive ceramic tile or marble slab is not the most viable option, we set out to uncover the easy and affordable ways you can fake a chic backsplash for your rental. Take a look.


Originally published on Domino.

1 /6: Paint Some Plywood

1/6 :Paint Some Plywood

2 /6: Embrace Shelf Power

Floating shelves hanging on a wall
Image: Ikea

2/6 :Embrace Shelf Power

3 /6: Mirror It

Acrylic Mirror Sheet
Image: Michael Wiltbank

3/6 :Mirror It

4 /6: Paint It

Painted Backsplash
Image: Brittany Ambridge

4/6 :Paint It

5 /6: Hang One Up

Ceramic tiles on wood
Image: Biz Jones/Food52

5/6 :Hang One Up

6/6 :Peel 'n' Stick Tiles