DIY Temporary Kitchen Backsplash

Decor, DIY, Kitchen

I’ve always admired those colorful glass backsplashes in new kitchens. So when I moved into my new apartment, I knew I wanted to find a way to install one to add some color and personality to my very white and boring kitchen. But because I live in a rental, I had to get creative and came up with this temporary glass backsplash solution:

It was so simple and really quick and easy to do, and required no power tools at all, just some scissors and a stapler with staples. Here’s how I did it: Step 1: First I bought fabric that had the look of tile and stapled to a 1/4″ piece of plywood cut to the size of the wall I wanted to cover. I had the plywood cut at the hardware store to make things easier. You could also use mdf or hardboard and you could use paint to add color instead of overing the board with fabric.

Step 2: I slid the fabric covered plywood so that it wedged between the tile and the fan.

Step 3: I then slid a custom piece of 1/4″ tempered glass I ordered online, wedging it between the fabric covered panel and the fan, using gloves to minimize fingerprints on the glass. The glass will protect the fabric from getting dirty and from the fire of the gas stove.

And voila, a beautiful colorful backsplash that’s temporary and will be easy to remove. If you don’t have a space between the wall and the fan like I do to anchor the backsplash, you can use corner round molding screwing into the wall on either side to keep the glass and fabric panel in place.

It was the perfect way to add some color in my kitchen and it was the jumping off point for the rest of my kitchen makeover, which you can see here.


  1. I love this idea and your kitchen makeover is great. I’m so glad we’re on to season two. You always have the best diys.. I’m so excited for season 2

    • Thank you so much and I’m also excited about season 2 – thanks for watching and stay tuned for more episodes!

  2. Kitchen looks great with makeover. I love your channel! keep it up!

    • Thank you so much Sunita!

  3. I recently found your channel and site and just finished watching this episode for the first time. You mentioned that you weren’t sure what would happen when you removed the temporary wallpaper when it came time to move. So, I’m curious, how did it go? Did it remove cleanly? Was there any bleeding of paint behind the paper? Sorry if you’ve already covered this in a follow up, I haven’t watched all of the episodes yet.

    • Hi Fay, I haven’t removed it yet as I haven’t moved out yet but as soon as I remove it, I will give an update on the process.

  4. Where did you get the fabric with that specific pattern? I’ve been looking for that pattern and color with no luck!

    • I bought it online (I think it was on but I was at a Walmart recently and I saw a very similar fabric. I have no idea if fabric choices at all Walmarts are the same but it’s worth a try!

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