Are you looking for RV kitchen backsplash ideas that will bring style to your camper without blowing your budget or weight restrictions? We considered various options for our own RV kitchen, including peel and stick tiles, wallpaper, and corrugated metal.
Ultimately, we chose a wood-planked option, which was not only an upgrade from the outdated wallpaper, but also gave our motorhome the modern rustic vibe we were going for.
Whether you’re looking for affordable ways to spruce up your RV kitchen backsplash or searching for lightweight options, I hope these ideas will help spark inspiration and point you in the right direction.
Peel and stick
One of the most popular RV kitchen backsplash options is peel and stick tile. Not only is peel and stick tile lightweight, but you can find a wide spectrum of colors, patterns, and design styles. They can also be purchased anywhere from big-box stores to specialty retailers. The quality has continued to improve over the years, but using additional adhesive is often recommended due to extreme temperature changes that occur in RVs.
Real tile can also be used, although weight and precautions need to be considered. Some RVers have gone this route without issue but have chosen no-grout options or used a flexible grout and adhesive to prevent cracking. Installation for real tile is more labor-intensive than peel and stick options, but can provide a more residential look and feel.
Similar to peel and stick tile, you can find vinyl wallpaper options that can be used as kitchen backsplashes. Vinyl wallpaper is a lightweight, durable option with countless styles and patterns within reach. Most are also removable, making them easy to change up in the future. Again, like peel and stick tile, it’s advised to use extra adhesive due to the amount of humidity and moisture in RVs.
Vinyl flooring is another peel and stick option. This has become increasingly popular over the years to use as a backsplash in RV kitchens and bathrooms. You can find designs that include geometric patterns, vintage prints, or mimic materials such as marble, wood, or stone.
Most RV kitchens include a wallpaper border, which can be somewhat of a pain to remove, as can the sticky residue it leaves behind. However, if you choose to add a wood-planked backsplash, you can likely add the new backsplash right on top of the wallpaper, saving you time in the long run.
When it comes to creating a wood backsplash, there are countless design styles and options to consider, including shiplap, tongue and groove, and beadboard. You can use new wood, reclaimed wood, or upcycled materials such as leftover flooring or wine corks. If you want to bring more function to your tiny kitchen, consider installing a pegboard backsplash. This will allow you to easily hang and store essentials within reach.
You’ll want to be mindful of weight, but adding real wood to your RV is a beautiful way to create interest and texture and incorporate natural materials. Softer woods such as cedar and pine are lighter options worth considering, but you can have any wood milled down to help save on weight. Plywood is another lightweight option that lends itself to a clean, modern, and minimalistic style. It can also be cut into strips to create faux shiplap.
As for installation, the easiest option would be to purchase thin wood planks with adhesive backing. While on the pricier side, the adhesive strips make installation a breeze. We used our brad nailer to install tongue-and-groove planks in our kitchen. With that said, construction adhesive is recommended in most cases. Not only will you have fewer nail holes to fill, but you won’t have to worry about hitting anything behind the walls.
If you want to update your RV kitchen backsplash but prefer something with a bit more personality, consider using metal.
Corrugated metal can be purchased new or from salvage yards and used to create a rustic or industrial style backsplash. For a more modern finish, consider using decorative metal sheets. These can be purchased in a variety of finishes, including copper, stainless steel, and brass. Keep in mind that a thinner gauge will weigh less and can most likely be cut using aviation snips.
Some other metal options include embossed ceiling tiles, faux metal panels, or tin backsplash rolls. Some of these options can even be cut with scissors.
If you’re looking for a more unconventional approach, consider installing a penny backsplash or using vintage license plates. However, while these items may be lightweight, it’s important to keep durability and maintenance in mind during the installation process.
Paint is a budget-friendly option that can bring new life to an otherwise dated kitchen. Best of all, you won’t need to stress about adding additional weight to your rig. Just be sure you add a protective sealer to ensure it’s durable and easy to clean.
If your RV kitchen includes a wallpaper border, you’ll want to remove it first to create a smooth painting surface. You can paint the backsplash a solid color, create faux shiplap walls with a paint marker, or stencil on a design. While painting a backsplash design will require more work, it’s a cost-effective way to bring personality into your tiny kitchen without breaking the bank.