Adding Border Paper And A Back Splash To Complete A Kitchen Remodeling Project

If a kitchen is being remodeled with new appliances and flooring, adding a ceramic tile back splash and wallpaper border paper that complements the new features will provide the room with the perfect finishing touches for the Kitchen Remodeling project. The steps below describe how to complete these upgrades.


  • wood or metal ladder (adjustable)
  • mild detergent
  • water
  • spray bottle
  • sponge
  • all-purpose cleanser
  • tape measure
  • self-adhesive border paper
  • sharp scissors
  • plastic skimmer
  • ceramic tiles
  • container of tile adhesive
  • paintbrush
  • artist’s brush
  • grout
  • cotton swabs

Clean The Top Of Each Wall And Apply Paper

Furniture or decorations that are next to each interior wall need to be removed and placed in another room in a home. After climbing a ladder that is next to an interior wall, soapy water or an all-purpose cleaner should be applied to a damp sponge before moving a sponge across the top of each wall. Afterward, a towel can be used to dry the top of each wall.

A measurement of the width of each wall needs to be taken before purchasing a roll of self-adhesive border paper. Scissors can be used to cut strips of paper. After removing the paper backing that is attached to border strips, strips need to be pressed against a kitchen’s walls. A plastic skimmer can be used to flatten paper pieces.

Secure Ceramic Tiles And Add Grout To Joints

After choosing an area to add a back splash, a wall’s surface needs to be cleaned and measurements can be taken. Ceramic tiles will provide a back splash with a smooth surface that is easy to clean. A container of tile adhesive that is premixed can be used to adhere tiles. A standard paintbrush needs to be coated with adhesive before brushing adhesive across the backside of each tile.

Tiles should be laid across a wall in straight lines. A small gap can be left between adjoining tiles. An artist’s brush can be used to fill gaps with grout. After grout is applied, a cotton swab should be wiped across seams to remove excess grout and to flatten grout that was added to joints.