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Budget Backsplash Project: Vintage Vinyl

Give a plain backsplash a customized look by covering it in vinyl. This low-cost project is perfect for renters because the backsplash can be taken down in just a few minutes.

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Courtesy of Susan Teare

To get this charming cottage look, we covered a thin piece of plywood (luan) in a vinyl tablecloth, then attached the panel to the wall. The vinyl is easy to keep clean but is not recommended for the area over the stove.

Tools and Materials

measuring tape
glue gun with glue sticks
a 1/8" to 1/4" luan panel
vintage vinyl tablecloth (1 or 2, depending on backsplash size)
paper bags and a marker to make template
optional: 1/2" wood trim for edge around the backsplash

Create a Template

Make a template of the backsplash area with a large piece of paper (we used paper bags taped together). Make an exact cut around edges and double-check the measurements.

Use the template to outline your cutting area on the luan panel.

Cut the Luan Panel

Use a jigsaw to cut the luan. Double-check measurements and make sure the panel fits properly in the backsplash space.

Adhere Batting to Board

Use a glue gun to attach batting to the top surface of the luan panel. Bring it right up to the edges of the panel; do not fold it over the back side.

Cover Panel With the Tablecloth

Place the vinyl tablecloth over batting and cut it one inch bigger than the panel all the way around. Fold the tablecloth over the back side of the panel and glue into place.

Attach the Panel to the Wall

Place the panel onto the backsplash area. Find the wall studs and use drywall screws to attach the luan panel along its edges and into a couple of the studs.

If you want, place a small piece of wood trim around the edges and nail into place.

When it comes time to remove the backsplash, just take the screws out and fill the holes with joint compound.

Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.