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8 Affordable RV Backsplash Ideas

8 Affordable RV Backsplash Ideas

Whether your backsplash has begun to show its age and is starting to fall apart, or you just want something more modern, there are several ways to update your RV backsplash.

This simple upgrade can leave your whole RV feeling fresh and updated.

We’ll learn more about backsplashes, your options, and some tips to make updating your RV backsplash a memorable experience. 

Let’s take a look!

What Is Your RV Backsplash?

An RV backsplash is very similar to the backsplash found in your kitchen at home. A backsplash sits behind the sink in a kitchen or bathroom. Typically, it’s waterproof so that it can handle getting splashed frequently.  

Why Regular Flat Paint Doesn’t Make a Good RV Backsplash 

Although the most basic backsplashes can be simple paint, flat paint doesn’t make a good RV backsplash. Backsplashes must be easy to clean. Semi-gloss or hi-gloss paint can be easier to clean, but flat paint doesn’t have the glossy surface of the former and is more difficult to clean. 

Man installing tile backsplash.
A tile backsplash makes it easy to wipe up splatters from cooking.

8 Ways to Update Your RV Backsplash 

Updating your RV backsplash can be a fun project to freshen up your space. Each of these options has its benefits. Let’s discuss each in a little more detail.

1. Traditional Tile 

One of the most common backsplash mediums is traditional tile. Because tile comes in various sizes, colors, and finishes, it should be easy to find an option that you’ll love. But traditional tile can have a slightly more complicated installation process. It may mean more work, but traditional tile is sure to last the test of time when installed correctly.

2. Peel-and-Stick Tile 

If you’re looking for an option that’s easier to install, peel-and-stick tile may be the solution. These tiles are typically made of vinyl or some other type of plastic. Install them using adhesive placed on the back of each tile. Paper, like stickers, covers the glue, and you install each tile by simply peeling off the paper and attaching the tile in the desired location.

Woman's hand feeling tile when deciding what backsplash to buy.
When upgrading your RV backsplash, consider peel-and-stick tiles which make installation simple and easy.

3. Vinyl  

Vinyl is a type of plastic commonly used for flooring or wall-covering products. It’s a good product for an RV backsplash because it’s easy to clean and lasts over time. It’s very similar to peel-and-stick when it comes to backsplashes.

4. Wallpaper 

Although previously seen as old-fashioned, wallpaper is starting to come back into style. And there are so many beautiful and modern options. However, be selective when choosing the type of wallpaper for your RV backsplash. You need wallpaper you can wipe down to clean. Paper backsplashes aren’t a good option due to the moisture in the area, but most vinyl wallpapers should work well. 

Woman hanging wall paper.
Vinyl wallpapers add fun pattern and color to your RV kitchen.

5. Durable, High-Gloss Paint  

Although not very fancy, high-gloss paint can be a good option when looking for an inexpensive, quickly completed option. Even though it’s not very fancy, high-gloss paint is very durable and should last for a long time. Make sure that you get the prep work right before painting. Painting a dirty or peeling surface will result in a backsplash that doesn’t hold up long.

6. Fabric with a Plexi-Glass Front 

Although not a very common option, Plexi-Glass, and fabric can work for a backsplash. To create this product, manufacturers soak the material in an adhesive and affix it to the Plexi-Glass. You can then attach the Plexi-Glass and fabric to the wall.  

Man installing shiplap.
Shiplap is a trendy alternative to the typical kitchen backsplash.

7. Bead Board, Wainscoting, or Shiplap

Lately, shiplap has become a trendy construction material. But beadboard and wainscoting are also excellent substitutes. All three options are painted wood that you attach to the wall. If a Scandinavian or clean modern design is your desired look, these options may be perfect.

8. Imprinted Metal Sheeting 

Finally, imprinted metal sheeting can be an exciting option for creating a new RV backsplash. Imprinted metals are typically made of softer metals, like tin, and imprinted with different patterns. Historically, homeowners installed imprinted tin panels on their ceilings. But they can be a fun option for backsplashes as well. Make sure to appropriately seal your metal sheeting because water can cause rust or discoloration. 

Pro Tip: Want to update your RV cabinets now that you have new backsplash? Brighten up your cabinets with our guide on How To White Wash RV Cabinets.

Tips for Successfully Updating Your RV Backsplash 

Regardless of the option that you choose, there are a few things you need to know to make updating your RV backsplash a more enjoyable experience. 

Choose a Complementary Color Scheme 

When updating your RV backsplash, choose a complementary color scheme with the other finishes inside the RV. Although replacing a backsplash may be easy and inexpensive, the same isn’t true about the other interior finishes. For example, you can’t easily replace carpet, upholstery, or wood finishes, so you should match the backsplash to those things. 

RV kitchen with hexagon backsplash.
Keep in mind your RVs total weight when picking materials for your upgrades.

Choose Lightweight Materials 

Whichever option you choose, ensure that it’s lightweight. Lightweight materials are an appropriate choice for an RV backsplash because RVs move around so much. A heavy backsplash may struggle to remain securely attached, especially when traveling on a rough, country road. 

Know When to DIY or Hire-It-Out

The final tip is to know when you can complete the job yourself or when you need to hire a professional. Although it’s less expensive to complete the job yourself, your RV deserves better than an amateur job if you don’t know what you’re doing. Get help if you need it.

Pro Tip: Need some inspiration for your remodel? Check out these Best RV Kitchen Remodels We Found on Instagram.

Enjoy Your New RV Backsplash 

Whether your backsplash is beginning to fall apart or you want to modernize your RV, updating your RV backsplash can be a fun prospect. Whichever option you choose for updating your backsplash, make sure you find one that compliments your other furnishings, is installed properly, and can hold up despite the bumps in the road. Do you have any other tips for installing a backsplash?

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