I live in a small one bedroom apartment that needed a little pick me up. I have been there for about a year now and have noticed that when I cook sometimes food manages to get on the wall that the stove is next to. I won’t even get into a rant about putting a wall directly next to a stove taking away space and cooking room. I wanted to use the 1005 Design decorative metal backsplashes but just couldn’t for the obvious reason of, “I want my security deposit back”. I remembered that awhile back when I started as an intern we were playing around with the idea of a temporary installation using magnets. This DIY temporary installation approach works out perfectly for me so I went ahead and did it. And here is how…
How To Install A Temporary Metal Backsplash (DIY Style)
What you need
Decorative backsplash panels (I used 3)
Magnets (as thin as you can find)
Installing the Backsplash
I followed the installation steps on the instruction sheet with the minor change of not using construction adhesive. You will also notice I didn’t use the trim (I just didn’t find it necessary). Installing the backsplash was really easy and only took about 30 to 40 minutes.
So like i said the installation was really easy, here are the steps I took:
- Measure wall
- Cut panels to size
- Wipe down wall
- Apply magnets to the decorative panels
- Apply panels to the wall
The amount of magnets that you use is dependent on the strength of the magnet. I started out by cutting the sheet of magnet into small squares (the smaller the spot on the wall the better when it comes time to move ). The magnet I used had adhesive on one side for application which made my life easier. I applied one square on each corner and gave it a partner to match that would later be applied to wall.
I applied the first piece to the wall and it worked like a charm! I had to flip the panel to align the pattern with the other wall’s panel so it is a good thing those magnets allow me to make a change.
The other two panels went up just as easy and I think it is a great addition to my apartment’s kitchen! Don’t you?
Of course with any DIY project there are some pros and cons. I love the new look and it will be so easy to take them down and spackle any damage the adhesive from the magnet did to wall. There is not a lot of activity in my apartment so i am not worried about them getting hit and falling (but that might be a concern for others). A easy fix for that would be more magnet power. I am just thrilled I can now take my all purpose cleaning wipes and easily wipe the backsplash instead of rubbing paint off the walls!
Before & After
I hope this blog post has inspired you to make your apartment a unique reflection of you instead of a white space with stuff. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE! Do you have any DIY projects planned?