Temporary Kitchen Back splash Fix; Guest

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…
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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

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

  3. >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.

  4. >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!


  5. >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!

    1. Hey Ladies, This was a guest feature, so I am not totally sure what she did. But I am thinking that if you folded the edge slightly just making sure that is was starched in and out that would give you a nice clean edge!

  6. I really like this idea, but do you think that it would work with a lace type fabric?
    Also, where would i find the liquid startch?

  7. Hi! I am preparing to do this to the back of a client’s bookcase using burlap. How much starch do you end up using in this project?