Retro {Kitchen} Decor


Almost Friday…thank goodness!


If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know that we rent our house.  One of the issues I brought to the owners’ attention was the backsplash in the kitchen.  When they built the house, they installed the adhesive tiles behind the stove.  Needless to say, the tiles began to peel off the wall due to using the stovetop.


A couple of weeks ago, we got “our” new backsplash…and I HATE it!


{Bear with me as a rant for a minute}


The backsplash itself is a pretty cool, retro subway tile.  However, the job was done very poorly and it shows.  Instead of working from the top down, he started in the middle and worked out.  The top row of tile was haphazardly applied and it is laying on top of the next row.  In the middle, he didn’t follow the same block pattern and that row lines up with the next one.



My husband keeps reminding me that it’s not our house and I shouldn’t get upset.  Well, I’m not upset.  I’m annoyed.


To hide the mistakes, I decided to come up with my own decorative solution.  I know you have all seen the paper mache letters at Hobby Lobby and a variety of other crafts stores.   To match the retro, diner feel the tile gives off, I decided to make a faux metallic “EAT” sign – retro kitchen decor!


Retro Kitchen Decor via #fauxmetallicletters

 I simply bought the letters and spray painted them chrome.  The whole project cost $10 and took very little time.  And I like it!

Retro Kitchen Decor via #fauxmetallicletters

Retro Kitchen Decor via #fauxmetallicletters

Retro Kitchen Decor via #fauxmetallicletters

I used Command stickies to adhere the letters to the tile.  {I figure once they start falling off, I will be ready for a change anyway.}


I guess I should be thanking the guy who installed the tile.  Thanks tile guy, for providing me with the inspiration/excuse to craft and blog about it!  =)


Is anyone else as detail oriented as me?

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Jill Fritz is a full time outside the home working mommy turned craft blogger. She offers craft/DIY tutorials for Pinterest addicts, craft junkies, DIY fanatics and busy mamas. Jill started Create.Craft.Love. as place to showcase her craftiness and to encourage others to do the same. Create.Craft.Love is a place where passion and creativity collide!


  1. I love the letters, they definitely make you focus on them instead! But I’m sorry the backsplash isn’t how you want it. And yes, that would definitely bug me too, I’m detail oriented like that :-)

  2. Way to make lemonade out of lemons!! I love your new wall art! Definitely makes the backsplash look better!

  3. Found you over at Hubby made me. I love it! What a great solution to the problem : )


  4. Yes, that would drive me crazy as well! We rented last year and so I know how frustrating it is when you can’t do anything about it. But you have a great solution there – those letters are fabulous!!

    sara @

  5. That is definitely annoying how the tiles don’t line up how they should! You can’t even tell now though with your decor. You did am awesome job!

  6. This looks great! As much as there are mistakes in the tile…. I love the colours :)

  7. sprayed them chrome…nice! covered up like that, the backsplash DOES look really good.

  8. I LOVE how this turned out my friend! I’ve seen those paper mache letters at Jo Ann’s for a while now and have wanted to do something with them! I think they’d be cute in the Laundry room too :)

    Thanks for linking up with Keep Calm & Link Up! We’re thrilled you joined us and can’t wait to see what you have in store next week!

  9. OMG that would bug me too! Good way to cover it up, you can hardly tell.

  10. I didn’t really notice the odd layout until you pointed it out. I was drawn to the tile right away :)

  11. The tile layout is pretty bad. I love what you used to mask it…looks really good and, at least to me, it does a good job at masking it.

  12. You did a fabulous job of covering up the mistakes! I could honestly not even tell!! It looks so nice:) Saw you on Classy Clutter. Hope your having a great weekend.

    Karen@Pocket Full of Pink

  13. It’s party time over at Debt Free Mommy Blog and you’re invited!! Please stop on in and link up with Making Space Mondays. We look forward to seeing any post(s) about making your space better. Hope to see you there. -Tabitha

  14. I love this! It looks gorgeous on the tile!

  15. what a fabulous DIY! love it.
    just found your blog through the naptime review :)
    now following and excited to read more!


  16. This is so clever! It hides the mistakes SO well! I never would have noticed them if you did not point them out! So cute :)

    I would love it if you linked this up at my link party! You can find it here:

  17. Jill, I love these and the tile is so great! I’m excited to feature you tomorrow at It’s Overflowing. XO, Aimee

  18. PS I’m your newest follower! XO, Aimee

  19. Love your letters! And yes, that would annoy me to no end!!
    When our backsplash was installed, the “expert” went out of town and left the “finishing touches” to his employee. After living with uneven and HUGE grout lines for a few months, I made him come back, tear it out, and do it RIGHT!
    So I definitely feel your annoyance on this one. Great solution though to help camouflage, I’d never have known if you hadn’t pointed it out.

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  20. What a cute and inexpensive craft idea!

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