7/23/09: I'm updating this old post to include it in Kimba's DIY day. Melissa over at The Inspired Room asked for examples of creative concealment today. You know....ways to hide all the ugly stuff. Off the top of my head I have no stellar examples of true concealment, but I have a good example of improvisation. I hope that counts.
I had this idea that I'd like a backsplash. A real one, involving tile and labor and money. That wasn't in the cards, so on a whim last summer I picked up a roll of textured grasscloth-looking wallpaper from Lowes. This was significant for me because I'm not typically a huge fan of wallpaper. Not that I mind the way it looks, but pasting that stuff up on the walls just seems like a big commitment. And....in about an hour (an annoying hour, I might add, but only an hour!), my husband and I had created a bit of a backsplash. I like the way the color just blends in with the wall color. It just gives it some texture and it's a little something to hold me over until I can (someday) get granite countertops and a tile backsplash. And cost effectiveness? The roll of wallpaper cost in the neighborhood of $16. I used about half of it. So $8 for a backsplash? That works.
Once I got these photos uploaded, I realized the texture doesn't show up so much in the smaller files. But...here you can see the backsplash and wall color are about the same (pretend you don't see all that junk on the counter):
And hopefully here you can at least somewhat see the wallpaper: