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ORC Week 4: DIY Swiss Cross Tiles


Hi there friends.  Guess what?  My wallpaper came! Woot woot.  It actually only took a week for it arrive which is a small miracle since we live on Okinawa with a military address. kitchen-pineapple-swiss-cross-decals-diy-renter-friendly

If you are not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it’s a 6 week room makeover/renovation that featured bloggers are a part of and 100s of guest participant bloggers.  You can find the latest featured bloggers’ progress HERE.  To see my ORC process from last week, click HERE.

DIY swiss cross tiles renter friendly

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This week I was able to get a lot done.  I finished removing the adhesive on the cabinets from the previous contact paper in preparation for the beautiful removable wallpaper that will be facing them soon!  It took a few hours, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and a 80’s rock album (and maybe a cocktail or two!).

The tiles got a renter friendly makeover with DIY black swiss crosses.

First, I marked the tiles with a bit of washi tape to create a pattern. kitchen swiss cross placement

Then I used a ruler to measure two inch strips of black washi for the swiss cross pattern. Swiss cross diy

The washi tape is really easy to reposition and the entire wall took about 45 minutes. kitchen orc swiss cross diy

Since I cleared the countertops for the DIY swiss cross tiles, I went ahead and created a more organized countertop as I put things back.  Did you notice my Minted Pineapple art on the windowsill?

Yesterday I shared the kitchen table set update, you can find the DIY HERE.  I love the hint of mint it features! ktichen table set makeover with color blocking

Okay, let’s do a quick recap.  Here’s the inspiration board. one room challenge kitchen inspiration

A quick rundown of the ol’ to do list:

Spruce up seating with a pop of color

Remove old contact paper

Cover cabinet doors in a floral pattern – renter friendly

Update pulls to brass or gold

Hang new art

Add a new rug

Update tiles – renter friendly

Better organization of countertop space and cabinets

Maybe try something new with the window treatments?

A big thank you to these companies for sponsoring my project; Minted, Epson, and Walls Need Love.   orc-sponsors

You can read about the entire process in these posts:  Week one: Inspiration | Week two: Cabinet Organization | Week three: Update | Week four: DIY Swiss Cross Tiles | Week five: Floral Cabinets | Week six: Rental Kitchen Reveal


  1. Love the two-tone chairs – unexpected and makes one go back for a second look! Clever idea to jazz up the tiles!

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