How to Fake a Designer Backsplash

Give your kitchen a modern upgrade in one afternoon with a new backsplash. Rach's design buddy Evette Rios adds a splash of style to a bare wall.


Measure the backsplash space with a measuring tape, pulling the tape to the farthest edges of the countertop, cabinets, and any corners or appliances in the area.

Kitchen Before

Pick your Fabric

Order a piece of cotton or linen fabric cut to fit the full space or cut it yourself at home with a pair of fabric shears.

Lady Putting Decorative Backsplash up

Cut out Outlets

You may have to snip holes for any electrical outlets with a crafts knife.

Lady Pilling Paper from wall current

Use a Staple Gun

Use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the wall from the top and along the sides, stapling about every 3 inches so there’s no drooping or air bubbles in the cloth.

Lady Stapling Decorative Back Splash

Top with Plexiglass

Buy a piece of 1/4-inch-thick Plexiglass at the hardware store, cut about 1/2 inch shorter than the width and height of the actual space. Drill holes, using an 1/8-inch drill bit for wood and plastic, every 6 inches along the top and bottom of the plexiglass, or ask the store to do it. Ask the store to cut holes for electric outlets, too. Remove the paper from the plexiglass before drilling it on.

Lady Pulling the Protective Coating on Blacksplash

Secure Plexiglass

Hang the plexiglass: Have someone help you place it over the fabric while you drill 1 1/2-inch stainless steel screws (#8 size) into the holes to secure it.

Lady Drilling Nails into Backsplash

Seal Plexiglass

Seal the top and bottom edges of the plexiglass with clear silicone caulk so the fabric won’t get wet as you cook or clean nearby (there will be around 1/4 inch of space to fill on each side). Let the caulk dry for at least two hours. Enjoy your new backsplash!

Lady Putting Glue between Backsplash and Counter