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Quick Weekend Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Updated on February 6, 2017

Kitchen Update on a Budget

Quick Weekend Kitchen Decorating Ideas. Wallpaper has been used for centuries as one of the decorating ideas in homes for a kitchen update. Modern wallpaper has come a long way since then. New wallpaper choices are architectural, colorful, and elegant. Many of the available wallpaper provide durability making them easy to care for and keep clean. Texture and design can add a feeling of elegance to any kitchen. The costs of these tips make it easy to afford while adding high end design to your kitchen.

This is a simple project that takes less than a day to complete and easy to do. The first step is to determine what type of design you are looking to achieve. My choice way a back splash, I wanted a small tile but at the time did not have the money to do the project. My kitchen needed something to give it a look of quality. I searched e-bay and discovered wallpaper with the look of the tile I wanted. I have wallpapered before and knew it was a simple project that could be done quickly. In my search I found exactly the look I was going for and ordered I double roll of a raised vinyl coated wallpaper.

Here is a picture of the paper after I hung it as a back splash in my kitchen.

Cheap Backsplash

The Kitchen Photo Before I Purchased The House - I needed some good tips

This is a photo of the kitchen before we purchased the house, note the counter tops, lack of a back splash and walls, we needed decorating ideas and quick. There was paint dripped down the cupboard doors, I thought I would have to paint them. But, a little Dark Old English Oil and some fine steel wool cleaned them up. Later I used a polyurethane with a cherry stain in it, painted it on and change the knobs.

The counter tops were painted with counter top paint 1 dark, 1 light using the dark as a base and the light was sponged on. Don't forget to use rubber gloves. Roll out the paint onto the counter top with a simple sponge roller for a smooth finish one it dries it you can leave it as a single color or use a sponging technique with a second color.

Before the Facelift

The kitchen just needed a quick facelift to make feel like a great place to prepare meals. I love to cook and I just didn't like being in the room for any length of time. The first thing I did was to paint the entire kitchen and since I live near the beach blue seemed like the right choice of color.

This house was purchased after Hurricane Katrina destroyed out home on Pass Christian Isle. We bought because we could not longer afford the insurance rates for a new home there. The cost was 1/12 of what a similar home would have been on the Isle. We are now located in an area labeled as a non-flood zone. The home was formerly owned by a women in her 90's. It had vintage décor, original orange shag carpet throughout, layers of vintage wallpaper on EVERY wall. It was a challenge I was ready to tackle. Having a meager budget we replaced flooring ourselves, did repairs to plumbing, purchased new lighting, and painted walls.

As you can see from the photo we painted the kitchen blue since we were going for a beach look. It was a little too much, but at least it was now clean.

How to wallpaper a back splash


wallpaper smoother

sharp scissors

razor knife or blade

wallpaper pan

measuring tape


Wallpaper of your choice (pre-pasted is easy to use)

premixed wallpaper paste ( use on heavy paper or un-pasted paper)

If you are using a wallpaper that has a pattern you will need to decide if it will need to be matched. The Great thing about tile patterns is that it is easy to match. Check to make sure the distance from the counter top to the cupboards in even around the back splash area. It is best to start by measuring out a line of plumb. I started in a corner since the paper was heavy I didn't want to have the paper end up crooked. I started by leaving just enough paper to bend into the corner and give me about one inch for a nice corner and to not have to bend the tile design so it would look like real tile.

Notice the moulding around the tip of the counter top it was already there when I started. I think there must have been a gap someone fixed.

How to hang the wallpaper - Add PIzzazz Fast

There are a few trick you need to know about wallpaper.

1. It is stretchy. When matching seams small gaps may appear, but if you work your smoothing tool over the area you can move an stretch it into place. The paper should be side by side not overlapping.

2. As the paper dries you WILL see bubbles these will usually go away and the paper dries out and shrinks a bit.

3. Small bad cut pieced back together properly will still look good after you wallpaper dries.

4. Back splashes are Easy for first timers.

Start with the bottom edge of your wallpaper, if it is a tile design start with a whole tile. Measure by rolling out a length slightly longer than needed to reach the bottom of your cupboard. Cut across dry paper with sharp scissors. For pre-pasted paper place rolled up into warm water in your wallpaper tray. Gently pull the paper out of the pan so you can see that the water has moistened the back (white) side. Fold (Book) it glued side to glued side DO NOT make crease. What about 20 minutes for the glue to gel and place it onto the wall. Use your smoother on the front side of the paper to eliminate bubbles and stick to the wall. When the paper is placed where you want it use a razor knife to cut top edge to trim tight to cupboard bottom. You have just placed your first piece. Continue this process until you have covered the entire back splash area. Remove switch and plug plate and replace them after trimming the paper closely around them. Tip: Paper, paint or purchase new covers for a fresh look.

Weekend update

Tight Budget

If you're on a tight budget faux is the way to go! Changes can always be made as your finances and tastes change.

Finishing Tips

In this photo you can see the foam texture of the wallpaper. It is 3 dimensional and has the look to authentic tile.

If your back splash area is in a space where the wall does not need to be papered to the end, simple decorative moulding can be used to add a high end finishing touch.

I purchase a piece of rope moulding, mitered it to make a nice corner then cut the ends to fit tightly to the cupboard and the countertop. I painted ( I used spray primer, then white gloss spray paint to finish) it before I tacked it to the wall then used a good quality caulking product to fill in nail holes and miter. A wet finger and damp cloth is all you need. If you don't have a caulking gun, purchase bathroom caulk in a tube. A small tube is easy to handle and will make water tight seals.

By finishing the strip before you put it in place you can avoid getting paint on your new wallpaper. The gloss paint I used made the trim look like a ceramic tile finish. The whole backslash with trim cost about $35.00 start to finish. I got free shipping on my wallpaper on e-bay!

Faux Looks for Wallpaper

Try adding a brick backsplash for some decorative flare in your kitchen. Wallpaper are durable and an inexpensive way to add character to your kitchen.

Do you need to add some freshness to your kitchen?

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    • Coffee-Break profile image

      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Great tips here. I need a kitchen makeover too. You gave me some great ideas. My wife is going to be happy.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      You did a nice job with the make-over. I like all the light in the room.

    • mel-kav profile image


      5 years ago

      Definitely - I feel like you did after buying my house. I hated to be in the kitchen. These are really great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      These ideas are great and the kitchen looks lovely. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      5 years ago

      Oh, but if I only could. This apartment kitchen is large enough, but dull.

    • LornsA178 profile image


      5 years ago

      You're done a great job on your kitchen. I wish I could update my kitchen and some parts of the house too.

    • perren-01 profile image


      5 years ago

      great job I just love what you have done with your kitchen.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      We used faux kitchen tiles wallpaper once in our kitchen. It was a brilliant product giving the look without the cost.

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      5 years ago

      Great update. Oh my you made it through Katrina; good for you. What a disaster. I bet you have a different outlook on life and things after going through it. Loved your lens.

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      Shelly Sellers 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My kitchen really needs an update. The counters are mauve (help!) and the wood on the cabinets need to be redone. I knew about using a back splash, but didn't realize how far wallpaper has come!

    • Rangoon House profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      I hope you are now enjoying your beautiful new kitchen.

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      5 years ago

      Great kitchen update!

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      rawwwwwws lm 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Gloria Freeman 

      5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I like your kitchen update.

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      Birthday Wishes 

      5 years ago from Here

      Yes, and i think that I will find some great ideas here... :-)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      I really like your wallpaper ideas.

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      Deborah Carr 

      5 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are great ideas for freshening up a kitchen! Wallpaper can make a tremendous difference.

    • wiseriverman profile image


      5 years ago

      My kitchen is in bad need for a make over. Thanks for the great advice!


    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      5 years ago

      You did a fantastic job. I was fooled by the paper ... it really does look like tile. I'm currently doing a faux granite paint job on tile with a paint kit by Giani. It's a similar sponging technique. I hope my DIY project turns out as well as yours.

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      oooMARSooo LM 

      5 years ago

      I painted one wall of my kitchen "Red Delicious," like the apple. Have you ever painted a wall red? I don't recommend it. Nine coats. It took me NINE coats to get it to be red instead of pepto bismol pink. Yikes! lol

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      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      I'm always looking for ways to freshen up my kitchen or any room. These are great ideas. :)

    • junkcat profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice job I working on an old frat house, trying to turn it livable.

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      5 years ago

      I like the way you folks think and stay within your budget creatively for the look you want.....and then roll up your sleeves and get to work. Congratulations on that pretty purple star to reward your efforts. Sorry to hear about the reason for the move but glad you were able to find a new home to cozy up! :)

    • junkcat profile image


      5 years ago

      Love it want to do mine tonight. Will you help me?

    • tarastillhere profile image


      5 years ago

      I have always been jealous of those who could remodel on their own.I think I could do it, but maybe was scared to.There are so many possibilities and styles of wallpaper, and other deco for the house and business.


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