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Temporary Kitchen Back splash Fix; Guest

29 July 2010

I just got this little update sent into me and I wanted to share it with you.  I like this feature especially because it is a temporary quick fix that can be done in an apartment or, if you can't splurge on the whole deal, but need a lift.  Check out what Liz of The Chronology of Him and Me did to update her rental kitchen:

 and Its spring break. We are not laying on a beach.

However, I am trying my best to distract myself and refrain from wallowing in vacationless-spring-break-self-pity by taking advantage of these nights sans night class and get some things done in our house that I can't do when my time is devoted to staring at a textbook.

We live in a little farm style house. We LOVE it. However, the home is not ours and the overwhelming majority of walls in the house are a lovely shade of stark white. As a result, I am constantly looking for landlord approved ways to make the place interesting when we can't paint, re-do, or alter anything.

So...in one of my many google-quests for removable/reversible decorating ideas for our house, I discovered the directions for homemade fabric wallpaper, so I tried it.

Here is what you need:


-Lightweight fabric
-Liquid Starch
-Sponge or Paint Roller
-Container to pour starch into
-Not pictured: Patient husband who allows you to follow through on your harebrained decorating schemes

Just measure your fabric to match the wall, cut it, pour your starch into your bucket,
dip your sponge in it, then start wiping the walls with it.


Smooth the fabric against the starch coated wall, brushing and smoothing it to get out any bumps, then wet your sponge again and go over the top of the fabric with the starch. Mine stuck immediately to the wall, but if yours doesn't, you can tack or tape the fabric so it will stay in place until it is dry. Then just wait for it to dry.

To remove, all you have to do is soak the fabric with water and it will peel off.







I like it, it wasn't hard, and there is a little less white in our little house.
Happy Spring Break/Home-Makeover-No-Vacation-Distraction-Week to you and yours.
Hope its a great one!

Such a fun transformation, and 
excitingly changeable when ever the fancy strikes you!  
AND this idea, could work anywhere...


Melanie Beth July 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

I love this idea... I've seen it before, but never considered it as a kitchen backsplash. I might have to consider doing this!

emily @ the happy home July 29, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

i am SO doing this! that looks absolutely fantastic, and (as a renter) i need non-permanent solutions. brilliant. and oh, so cute.

Anonymous,  July 29, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

Oh wow. Why isn't this everywhere? I am loving this idea and I actually think fabric is so much more interesting than wallpaper. Clever, clever, clever.

The Polka Dot Closet July 29, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

That is so great looking. Just recently I was looking for liquid starch and could not find it anywhere. I finally emailed the company and they told me where to find it. You use to be able to get it anywhere! Using liquid starch, you can change your mind whenever you like! I like your method better than mine. I actually put the fabric right in the starch rung it out and put it on the wall.....what a mess!


kelkayla July 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM  

Great Job! I have heard of this before but haven't done it yet. Just the inspiration I need to get started!! God bless

panamamama July 29, 2010 at 10:15 PM  

Beautiful! We have another house we're fixing up and the kitchen is similar to that. I've been debating what to do and now might try it! So neat!

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