Contact paper really pulled through for me when we first moved into our new house. Our kitchen was rose-themed. Rose-themed border, rose-y colored tiles, rose themed vinyl flooring. Rose-themes and the color mauve are probably BFFs. And we all know how I feel about mauve -- the opposite of how I feel about contact paper.
Pulling down the border made an instant improvement in the look of our kitchen. My eyes no longer bounced from rose-themed floor, to tile, to border. Just from floor to tile. As a (hopefully) temporary solution to the flooring, we bought self-adhesive vinyl tiling to cover the rose vinyl. Brian conquered that task in a few hours. All that was left staring at me in the face was mauve tile backsplash. Fortunately, most of the backsplash was white tile, with accent mauve tiles. We had some contact paper left from lining our kitchen cabinets and I decided to cut the contact paper to size to cover the rose tiles. I'd be lying if I said I didn't take on the this project just to sit and smell the wonderful aroma that contact paper has. I knew the contact paper would be a temporary solution to hiding the mauve designs -- I just didn't want to feel physically ill every time I looked at the tiles when I walked into the kitchen. A month or so after I covered the tiles, we splurged for a new glass mosaic backsplash and granite countertops. I'll show those after we paint our kitchen cabinets. I don't want to steal contact paper's thunder. Here are some shots I snapped before and after the contact paper and vinyl was "installed".
*I wouldn't recommend using contact paper to cover anything in your kitchen permanently -- but it is a quick fix until you can get around to tackling the project you really want done. I googled around and came across tile decals. I considered buying them instead of cutting my own, but it was a bit pricey and completely not worth it when I knew we'd be changing our backsplash anyways.