Inexpensive Backsplash Idea ~ Faux Plank Wall

Give your kitchen a whole new look! Use peel and stick flooring to make a planked wall backsplash! Budget friendly.

You guys know I hate to spend tons of money on my projects….well, this one kind of takes the cake in the money saving / thrifty department. I have seen plank walls all over the place, and really wanted to try one myself. One day I hopped in my truck and headed to Home Depot to take a look around and see what I wanted to do. I looked around in the lumber department, and felt a little overwhelmed. So, in true Jess fashion, I just started wondering aimlessly around the store. I found myself in the flooring section, dreaming of new hardwood floors that just weren’t in my budget, and noticed a price sticker on one of the shelves that floored me. Pun intended. I looked up from the 98 cents a piece sticker and saw these peel and stick faux wood flooring strips and BAM! The light went off! I knew it was meant to be…I mean, that’s how things that were meant to be happen, right?

I decided to buy a bunch and bring them home with me. I was going to make a planked backsplash in my kitchen and fool everyone…except I’m telling you about it, so you really aren’t fooled are you?


So, here is what I did. I started by laying them out on my dining table to see just how I wanted them to look on my wall. It’s not a very large space, so I wanted to make sure the planks would fit.


I peeled the paper off of the back of the first one and placed it up on the wall.


Then I started stacking them. I couldn’t stop myself to take photos, I just kept going. I literally just pealed the paper off of them and stuck them up on the wall and pressed as hard as I could to get the adhesive to stick to the wall.


There were some pieces that needed to be cut to fit in the remaining spaces. The most awesome thing of all is that I could just use scissors because these babies cut like butter!


Once I got them all up, I took a step back. Oh my goodness…amazing! I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to leave them as is…they were to be painted.


I took out my favorite Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint and gave them two coats. The faux wood grain still showed, giving the authentic look of a wood plank wall, so this girl was super pleased!


I am so happy with the way it turned out…and as you can see, I gave my counter tops a little makeover too…that ridiculously easy project will be on the blog soon too, and you will never guess what I used!


I am so happy that I decided to use the peel and stick vinyl! For less than twenty bucks and no tools, I gave my kitchen an entirely new look…that’s what I call a win! If you rent and want to make a change in your kitchen, or well, any room…these things are perfect for you! So…what do you think?

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  1. says

    Cute idea! Its so brilliant. Can’t wait to see it when its done.

  2. Kathy shonk says

    i just did this in my kitchen on one wall behind the stove, I love it!, so easy. I think I’m going to leave that the way it is then do the back splash with the chalk finish for contrast.

  3. Jennifer says

    Do you think you could remove them without damaging the walls behind? I’d love to add tile and change my countertops but my husband is against anything permanent.

    • says

      Absolutely! It’s pretty easy to take down. No worries!

  4. Angela says

    Hi Jess,

    Thanks for sharing this idea. We built iur house nearly 10 years ago, and I always wanted to go something to with the walls (something inexpensive-charming-easy to DIY). This might just fit my needs :)

    I was wondering what your thoughts are on painting the planks before adhering them to the wall, then touching them up if necessary?

    I also wondered if the chalky paint is easy to wipe clean. I get super messy in the kitchen and usually use an eggshell or satin finish that wipes up easily.

    • says

      Hi, Angela! I see no problem with painting them before putting them up at all, then touching up. I used chalky paint and then wax on top for protection, but a semi gloss or gloss paint should work just as well, and then you would have the freedom to wipe them off with a wet cloth. Hope this helps! I’d love to hear how they turn out! ~Jess

  5. says

    Love this idea….looks great. Can’t wait to see your one on the counter top”

  6. says

    Love this idea….looks great. Can’t wait to see your one on the counter top”

  7. says

    I love this. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do for my new kitchen backsplash and I think I’m going to do this. How many coats of paint did it take? Thanks!

  8. Robin says

    I tried this with 12″x12″ floor tiles. Unfortunately, in time (within a few days to a year) the tiles fell off. I tried all kinds of adhesives to keep them back up there, but finally had to use drywall screws to keep them up. I don’t know why it works for some people. We have since moved to a different home, so I don’t have to deal with it anymore, but I really like the idea and would do it again if I thought it would work. Anybody else have this trouble with their tiles, and if so, did you find a better solution?

  9. Terri says

    I love what you did. Cannot wait to see what and how you did your counter tops. Thnak you

  10. says

    I love your kitchen, it looks awesome and I intend on using your idea !! Thank you !!

  11. Teresa says

    Hi Jessica,
    I rent and would love to put something up for a back splash but I don’t know what to use that won’t hurt the walls when I take it back off if I move. I want my deposit back. lol! Do you have any ideas? If so that would be wonderful and would make several renting people very happy. Thank you for putting this site up. I love doing DIY projects. I love this idea. My parents used this type of flooring for their new counter tops. It turned out really neat. When my momma was telling what they were going to use I thought, YEW!! It’s really nice and they are very durable also.

    • says

      There is this amazing wallpaper at Lowes that looks just like beadboard that can be removed using water when you are ready to move…I love the look!


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