DIY Kitchen Backsplash: How to Create a Custom Backsplash Using Plexiglass




DIY kitchen backsplashYour kitchen backsplash can be the focal point of the room, but if you aren’t in love with your current backsplash and can’t afford new tile, you can replace it with a beautiful DIY kitchen backsplash using a sheet of plexiglass over your favorite patterned paper. Because plexiglass is clear, it can be used to protect and showcase any type of paper that appeals to you – wallpaper,wrapping paper, vintage postcards, maps, photos or sheet music. Plexiglass is also durable and wipes clean easily, so it can take the daily abuse of kitchen duty. Lastly, plexiglass is easy to install and very affordable.

Here are six easy steps on how you can customize the look of your kitchen with this plexiglass DIY kitchen backsplash:

Step 1– Measure the Backsplash Area

Start by measuring the backsplash areaof your kitchen. (Note that you do not want to put plexiglass on a wall that is close to a burner because it can melt.) Take the measurements to your local hardware or home supply store and ask them to cut sheets of plexiglass to size.

Step 2 – Cut the Backsplash Background

Choose a patterned paper that you like and cut the paper into pieces that are the same dimensions asyour sheets of plexiglass. You can use the plexiglass sheets as a template and trace around them to get the exact size. If your paper has a distinct pattern, try to match the patterns in the sheets of paper where the seams meet, much the way you would if you were cutting and hanging wallpaper.

Step 3 – Prepare the Backsplash Area

If your current backsplash is tile or some other uneven or textured surface, mount the patterned paper on a thin matte board or foam core sheet to keep it smooth and to help prop it up during installation. Try using a multi-purpose spray adhesive for a smooth, strong bond.

Step 4 – Peel off Plexiglass Backing

Peel off the paper backing attached to the sheet of plexiglass, which is applied at the factory to protect it prior to installation.

Step 5 – Attach Your DIY Kitchen Backsplash to the Wall

Position the paper/matte board and sheet of plexiglass on top of old backsplash and hold both in place using blue painter’s tape. If your new backsplash is being installed over drywall, you can use screws to attach the plexiglass to the wall. You can usually screw into the tile as well if you have the right tools. For a less permanent installation, use clear caulking toseal the plexiglass in place. Finish off your DIY kitchen backsplash by applying a thin bead of caulking around the edges and joints of the plexiglass to protect the paper underneath and keep water out.

Step 6 — Easy to Change for a New Look

A plexiglass DIY kitchen backsplash is a faster and less complicated solution than tile and gives you ability to change the color and style of your backsplash quickly and inexpensively. When you are ready to change the design, the screws and caulk seal can be removed easily.


  • Plexiglass sheets cut to size
  • Patterned paper (wallpaper, wrapping paper, old maps or postcards, photos, sheet music, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose spray adhesive
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Clear caulking and caulking gun applicator
  • Screws (if screwing into drywall or tile)

We Can Help

If your neighborhood hardware store does not offer plexiglass, contact the team at E&T Plastics. We are a good source for custom-cut plexiglass and can answer any questions you have about any type of plastic.
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Thank you to Kristan Cunningham, Home Decorating Expert of for this great decorating idea. Kristan is well known for the accessible and affordable design ideas she brings to viewers as host and lead designer of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime.” Visit her website and blog Live a Little Lovlier for more creative decorating ideas and tips.

4 Responses to “DIY Kitchen Backsplash: How to Create a Custom Backsplash Using Plexiglass”

  • Bridget Willard says:

    April 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    What a great idea.

      Pam Aungst says:

      April 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks for the feedback! We think so, too!

  • Roxanne says:

    August 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I might actually have to do this! :) I’ve been looking for ways to “fix” my kitchen that might help sell it later!

      Pam Aungst says:

      August 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Roxanne. Definitely send us pictures if you do!

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