INSIDE: Use vintage black and white photograph as a creative wet bar backsplash idea. Alternative to tile backsplash idea.
Does your house have a much-coveted “man cave”? My husband has all his signed basketballs, footballs and autographed prints …safely tucked away in plastic bins in the garage. Poor guy. Someday. When the kids move out in some 13 years and we gain a room.
So in the meantime, all the guy has is a wet bar in the TV room. A little space where he can play bartender and come up with creative cocktails for this frazzled lady.
But before he could pop open a craft beverage, we needed to bring his “man cave” out of the 1980s and back into the 1920s?!
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DIY wet bar backsplash with vintage photograph
Since the “man cave” sits in our beach vibe-ing family room, I wanted to stay with the surf and sea theme. It’s amazing what one can find online, including *free* vintage photographs.
And it was this photograph of a group of 1920s bathing beauties in vintage bathing suits and parasols that we knew would look so cool. As a backsplash alternative to tile. Thank You Library of Congress!
diy alternative to tile backsplash
With the bathing beauties now saved to my hard drive, where to get it printed?
After practically calling every single graphic printer in town and getting nowhere, I turned my search online where I discovered a very cool new material called Photo-Tex Adhesive Polyester Fabric by a company called USAonCanvas.com.
Essentially what I wound up ordering was a giant, re-positionable decal. Printed on fabric.
Now for the application… Was it nerve-wracking because of its size or because my husband was applying it?!
diy contemporary bar backsplash
How’s this for some bathing beauties in your “man cave”?!
What unusual materials have you used in place of traditional ones?
More DIY home decor ideas:
- $20 coffee table makeover using a rug
- Upcycle a dresser frame to use as large wall art
- Turn a staircase banister into a gallery photo wall
- Paint a plate charger with chalkboard paint for a DIY sign
- Convert an umbrella stand into a patio side table