How to Install a Temporary and Apartment-Friendly Backsplash

How to Install a Temporary and Apartment-Friendly Backsplash
How to install a temporary, renter and apartment friendly kitchen backsplash
As y’all know, the first space I decided to tackle in our new apartment is our kitchen. There’s very little storage space and simply put, it’s just boring. So, when ACP reached out, I jumped at the chance to try out their Fasade backsplash panels to add a little something something to our kitchen.
Last week, I received the panels and I was so excited, I immediately got to work. So, today, I thought I’d share how I installed our temporary, apartment-friendly, removable backsplash.
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What You’ll Need:
Tape Measure
Pencil
Materials you need to install a temporary, apartment friendly kitchen backsplash
What to Do:
1. First things first, measure the square footage you intend to cover. You can order your panels here. The panels I chose are Quilted in Matte White.
2. Begin installing your backsplash panels at the left most corner you want to cover. This is important because on the right side of each panel, there is about a half an inch of un-patterned material for overlap, so that your backsplash appears seamless.
*Also, if the area you want to cover isn’t all at the same level. For example, if you want to cover an entire wall, you’ll want to start at the bottom, left corner because the top of each panel has the half an inch for overlap as well.
3. Measure the height of your space (for me, I measured from the top of my countertop to the bottom of my upper cabinets) and then cut your panel to fit starting from the bottom. Do not cut from the top, it will make matching your panels from side to side harder.
*TIP: I found that I got a straighter cut when I used tin snips instead of a utility knife. It does take a little longer, but the end result is definitely better. And don’t worry, these panels cut so easily!
4. Make sure the back of your panel and wall are clean and then apply the velcro “tape” as shown in the picture. Then, carefully apply the panel to the wall.
*TIP: I will say, while the velcro “tape” makes these backsplash panels totally removable, I had to take a panel down that didn’t quite fit and the adhesive on the velcro did take a little paint off the wall. But, I really wasn’t careful, I just ripped it off. Moral of the story, it can be removed, just remove it with care and don’t yank it off the wall like I did.
How to place your velcro tape to the back of a backsplash panel
Step by step instructions on how to install a temporary, apartment friendly kitchen backsplash
5. To make things easier on ya, once you make sure that your first panel fits perfectly, remove it from the wall (carefully though) and use it as a pattern for the rest of your panels. Doing this will save you from measuring every. single. panel.
6. To overlap panels, place the left most side over the half an inch un-patterned right side of the last panel and match up the pattern.
Here’s what it will look like:
How to install temporary, apartment friendly kitchen backsplash panels using velcro
7. Continue the steps above until your desired space is covered.
If you run into a darn outlet like I did, stop what you’re doing and go take a break LOL. But seriously, maybe I’m just a little challenged, but I really did take a 15 and think this part through. I decided it would be easiest to unscrew the switch plate and use a utility knife to cut a rectangle only big enough to show the outlets. I literally matched up the panel to the one before it and then felt around to see where the plug-ins were.
How to install a kitchen backsplash panel around an outlet...the easy way
Then, to hide that hack job, I screwed the switch plate back on and I have to say, genius! It turned out so good!
How to install a kitchen backsplash panel around an outlet
I’m so happy with the way it turned out! Just this little addition has already made a huge impact in our kitchen! The day I finished it, I literally kept walking into the kitchen just to look at it.

Thank you so much to ACP for providing me with these panels!Stay tuned for the full reveal of our kitchen makeover hopefully in a couple of weeks! You can see my full plan here!

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How to install a temporary, renter friendly kitchen backsplash

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4 Comments

  1. Wendy
    June 27, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    love how it looks!

    • kalynabrams
      June 28, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy!

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