Since I moved, into my apartment, I have been dying to put up a white, subway tile, backsplash. For months, I could see it in my mind every morning when I got up to make my morning coffee, but I never thought this could be a reality. Since I don’t want to bother with tile, this seemed like an impossible dream because I needed an option that wasn’t permanent or would cause damage to the walls.
Recently, I stumbled upon Devine Color’s Easily Removable Wall Paper from Target. This got me thinking. I don’t want to kill myself pasting wall paper onto the wall. Then there’s the having to take it down, and repainting and repairing. Just imagining it makes me tired. So, I did some research. I wondered, what does easily removable wall paper mean and will it be everything it is cracked up to be? To Google I went! It turns out, easily removable wall paper is just that. It is like a giant sticker that comes in a roll and it easily sticks onto the wall and can be removed, by just pulling it off. I know it sounds too good to be true, especially if you grew up in the 80’s like I did, but it really is that easy!
Just to be sure, I did a little digging for reviews and most everyone said the same thing. It’s easy to install and no matter how long they left it on, it peeled right off. No damage, no fuss. That is exactly what I was looking for! I have been dreaming about a white subway tile backsplash since we moved in!
So what can you expect? The rolls are usually about 3.5 ft wide and 8 ft tall or approximately 27.5 square feet in total. If you have a small kitchen, then one roll should be enough for the backsplash. I must mention that how much you cut and trim could have an effect on how far the product goes for you. I have a small galley kitchen as you can see so it worked perfectly in here! The paper is also slightly textured so this gives it a bit of 3D effect. Once the project was done, Bobby said it looked so real that it made him want to touch it to check if it was actual tile. So, needless to say, that made me happy!
To get started you will need a tape measure, a ruler, a box cutter or utility knife, screwdriver, a squeegee (optional), and another set of hands to help. I say that the squeegee is optional because some people said they had trouble with air bubbles, but I didn’t need the squeegee. Yes there were air bubbles, but I could smooth them out with my hands.
Before I got started, I prepped the Kitchen. I removed everything off the counters and found that this was the perfect time for some spring cleaning! Then, I cleaned off the counter tops and wiped down the wall. I followed this step with a fine grain sanding block and lightly sanded the surface of the wall. This smoothed out any areas on the wall that were uneven or rough.
You also want to remove any and all outlet plates.
Wipe off the wall once you are done to remove any loose dirt or dust.
When getting started, the instructions say to pre-cut all the panels, but they are assuming that you are papering a full wall. Since I was doing a backsplash, I cut the panels as I went along and this worked well for me, as the walls changed slightly throughout the project. Make sure to give yourself a little extra room on the top and bottom, at least an inch, when you cut a panel. The instructions say 3 to 4 inches, but I found this to be excessive. This will not only help you line everything up well, but it will also give you a clean edge on the bottom which will make the project look more realistic.
When you are ready to place the backsplash, start by cutting your panel and then trying to put it up against the wall first so you can see where exactly you want to place it. This will give you a game plan for once you start trying to stick it on the wall. If you have someone else around, an extra set of hands really does help. Then peel back the backing. I took the whole thing off since my panels were only about 15 inches. It is up to you how you want to do it. The instructions say to just peel off the top, and start with sticking it on the wall and then peeling the rest of the backing off, but this was not the best method for my project.
Just so you know, when you start to put the paper on the wall, it is going to gravitate to the surface. So it is going to try to stick to the wall very quickly like static electricity and it will mimic fabric characteristics. This can be challenging as it can stick to itself if you are not careful. Once it sticks to itself, it can be a real challenge to use it. I had to ball up one or two panels during the project. It was a little frustrating. Having a second person there to help with guiding the paper and lining it up can make all the difference.
Once you get the paper in position on the wall like you want, use the squeegee to smooth out any air pockets. To do this, start from the middle of the panel and work your way out slowly smoothing outward. As I said before, I used my hand for this step and it worked just fine. Everyone’s situation is different though. I read some reviews where people really had a challenge with this and then other’s did not.
Your difficulty level may depend on a few factors with your wall. For example, If you have a matte finish in the paint on your wall, it could prove to be a challenge. It might even cause damage when you pull it off. The instructions recommend a satin or semi-gloss finish to the paint. We had a satin finish and it worked fine. I even tested to see how well it would pull off and it pulled off beautifully. Also, if you have a textured wall, you may find it more difficult to smooth out the paper or avoid air bubbles.
Once you get your first panel in place, repeat the process with the next panels and make sure they line up. Having someone help you with this is key. You should be able to line up the panels so that it looks continuous, but I will admit the following panels are a little more difficult due to this.
For the corners, I cut the panels in half vertically and this work great for me. It is really your preference how you do it. Then, I did cut each panel as I went due to the fact that one wall was bigger than the other and I wanted horizontal subway tile and on the wall. If I just rolled the whole thing out it would have been vertical subway tiles and this was not the look I was going for.
While this project could be frustrating, I did not feel like it was too time consuming. It could be started and completed in one day, maybe even an afternoon depending upon the size of your kitchen. I have tiled my own backsplashes in the past and this project was nothing compared to the difficulty of that. Plus, the price is just hard to beat. If you are on a budget or don’t want to tile, this is a great option. It will really freshen up your kitchen. They also have lots of colors, styles, and patterns to choose from.
I love how much this has brightened up my kitchen and given it a really modern look. The paper looks like real tiles at first glance. It looks so realistic, that you want to touch the wall to feel it. So, I am pretty excited about that! I am absolutely in love with it and so glad I did it! If you don’t want to do a backsplash, then this is a great option for an accent wall as well. This makes me happy every time I walk in now and best of all, it was $35!
As always, I would love to get your comments and hear what you think. I want to know what questions you have or what you would like to see in your kitchen. I would also love to hear about your projects as well. Thanks for reading! I hope that you enjoyed!