Quick Weekend Kitchen Decorating Ideas
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.
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 dÃ©cor, 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
razor knife or blade
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.
If you're on a tight budget faux is the way to go! Changes can always be made as your finances and tastes change.
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.