One of the worst things about having a rental is a kitchen you can’t change. If you’re not in a luxury apartment, that unchangeable kitchen is probably straight up ugly. Yeah, you know what we’re talking about – 1980/90s wood trim or plain oak cabinets with a no real backsplash and all out poor configuration. It screams “before picture” to any good home renovation.

Maybe you can’t do much about your appliances and kitchen layout but there’s one area you can upgrade – your backsplash. There are many temporary options so that you don’t have to succumb to a plain or ugly kitchen backsplash. Just take a look at these beautiful options.

Fake Kitchen Backsplash

1 – Streamline your look with almost professional self adhesive tiles – Smart Tiles, available at various hardware stores. The great thing is they can be layered over an existing tile backsplash. Just peel and stick.

Contact paper Kitchen Backsplash

2 – An inexpensive option is using contact paper. We recommend cutting it up into a pattern or design since contact paper is so hard to work with and tends to bubble up and show their seams.

Placemats Kitchen Backsplash

3 – Some Scotch mounting tape and vinyl place mats will create a whole new look. It’s probably your fastest and easiest option for designing a new kitchen backsplash on the cheap.

Beadboard Kitchen Backsplash

4 – If you’re feeling really fancy and love the country home look, pick up some beadboard. Beadboard is inexpensive and you can get it cut at any hardware store (just remember to measure accurately beforehand). Use a hot glue gun to secure it. Pro tip – apply a few large glue globs at the corner, rather than tons of tiny little ones so it’ll be easier to remove later on.

Wood Plank Backsplash

5 – Love the rustic look? Instead of picking up some pricy lumber, go for the peel n’ stick vinyl option. Faux wood vinyl looks so much better these days than they did years ago and it’s a quick and relatively inexpensive way to get that wood backsplash look.

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