How to Use Paintable Wallpaper As a Foil Backsplash

Paintable, or anaglypta wallpaper can be used for a multitude of projects.

Paintable wallpaper is an inexpensive alternative to backsplash tile.
It can cover seams, old, stubborn wallpaper or lathe and plaster and it can provide a textured surface for an entire wall or just a section. Coupled with metallic paint, textured paper can serve as a decorative backsplash in a kitchen or bath. Paintable paper is available in a vinyl finish, which is perfect for use in areas that may occasionally come into contact with water. .

Measure the area for the backsplash. Measure the wallpaper.

Lay the wallpaper strip on a flat surface. Place the yardstick along any edges that need to be trimmed or cut. Use the level to ensure a straight, level edge. Measure once more for accuracy and cut each edge to size.

Soak pre-pasted paper in a tub of room-temperature water for 30 seconds or apply wallpaper glue to the back of the paper.

Fold the paper in half, pressing the glued sides against one another and allow the glue to develop for another minute or until the glue has begun to thicken.

Press the paper gently into position against the wall. Run a towel or rag over the top of the paper to remove moisture. Push any air or excess glue bubbles out from beneath the paper.

Allow the glue to dry for one to two days before painting.

Apply metallic paint gently with a soft paintbrush for a foil effect. You may have to press the bristles into the wallpaper texture to fully cover the area. Allow to dry overnight, then apply a second coat of paint.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Wallpaper
  • Level
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Yardstick or other straight edge
  • Wallpaper paste or water
  • Towel or rag
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes

About the Author

Alec Preble began writing professionally in 2007. He began blogging in 2006, writing media reviews for the "Post-Standard" from 2007-2008. Preble received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Empire State College in 2005.