According to the internet, my rental kitchen isn't that terrible. I've got decent countertops and appliances made after 2000. In the rental world, i have a lot to be thankful for. The only major issue is that its red, super red, all the way up to the the top of the 14 ft ceilings. To add insult to injury, it's also a very questionable paint job. I lasted two years in the red, but I started to really hate it was about to beg my landlord to paint. But let's be honest, she's made it very clear that she loves this color and I have no concept of how to paint ceilings this tall.
After some rigorous googling, I found some options for stick on subway tile. Unfortunately, most of them were pretty costly and pulled the paint off the wall when you took them down. Somewhere along the way I came across Devine Color Peel and Stick Wallpaper in a really convincing subway tile print.
I was convinced as soon as I read that another blogger was able to peel it off the wall and restick it down when she messed it up (which is 100% true). I also saw 6 month updates about it holding up over time and coming off easily when people moved out.
I will say, as soon as I started installing it I realized that I had underestimated how difficult it would be. Thankfully, it was totally worth it int he end.
Here are my tips for taking on this project:
1. GET YOUR SUPPLIES READY
You'll need an xacto knife, cutting mat, screwdriver for outlet faceplates and some sort of credit card or other card to smooth out the vinyl on the wall. This will also go a lot easier if you have a second set of hands to hold the sheets while you line them up.
2. PREP YOUR WALLS
If your like me and live in an old home, you may have 80 coats of paint on your walls. If you don't have a totally flat surface, it will show through the paper. I used a hammer to flatten out old paint droplets and sandpaper to gently ware down really thick ones. Also, wipe down the surface with a dry microfiber cloth first.
3. LOGIC IT ALL OUT
You never want this paper to overlap because the transparency of the seems will change and It's super noticeable on dark walls like mine. You also want to avoid making mistake like I did where my corners didnt line up. It was way smarter to fold a single piece across a corner.
4. BUY MORE THAN YOU NEED
I could have covered my entire backsplash with one roll of this paper, but you need more of this specific pattern to make it work. You have to work with the pattern or you end up with tiny tiles that make no sense.
In whole, it took me around five hours (including some re-do time after my corner incident) to complete my entire backsplash. I'm thrilled that it made an actual impact on the red and toned it down significantly. The total transformation has me totally hooked on the Devine Color paper and wanting to use it in every room.
Have you tired removable wallpaper yet? Share in the comments!