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6 Renter-Friendly Backsplash DIY Ideas

We renters don't usually the luxury of a gorgeous backsplash. And installing one ourselves would probably break the lease rules. So what can we do? Temporary wallpaper. That's what we can do. In the photo above, brightly colored removable wallpaper brightens up the backsplash. What else can we do? Fabric. Tin tiles. Even place mats. Check out the ideas below:

Last year, I helped a friend put up fabric using the cornstarch method. We put it above her upper kitchen cabinets and it turned out great. I love the idea of using it in the backsplash zone.

Tin Squares | A Pretty Cool Life
I adore the look of tin (and copper) plated ceilings, so it'd be icing on the cake to be able to do this on my backsplash. Surely with the right adhesive and lightweight enough tin, a temporary diy is possible. 

Place Mats | Curbly
Place mats and thumb tacks. This backsplash diy is so cheap and easy that it's ridiculous – and ridiculously perfect for renters and dorm dwellers. (And so easy to change if you want to redecorate!) 

Chalkboard | National Builder Supply 
While I don't recommend painting your backsplash with chalkboard paint, chalkboard wall decals are easy to come by. A chalkboard backsplash is ideal for a kitchen with lots of room on the wall. 

Vinyl Tiles | The Nic Studio
This vinyl backsplash is colorful, affordable, and super easy. You could even custom order your own design for the vinyl, like this do-it-yourselfer did.

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DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.