DIY renovation is a family affair. With our own house projects starting to wind down (ok, not really), I thought it would be nice to share a project from our family. In fact, our entire extended family on both sides always have some sort of project going on. Maybe it’s genetic, HA! Anyways, my husband’s brother has been on the hunt for just the right backsplash to complete his kitchen. Last year, at a conference, I heard about a peel and stick tile from Aspect Tile. They gave me a sample and I shared it with my brother in law. Although they have metal, stone look, and glass tiles in many different colors and shapes, the storm cloud 3×6 glass tile was the one that felt right.
After our own kitchen renovation where we tiled our backsplash in traditional mortar and grout way, I wish I had known about this peel and stick tile. I have heard some mixed reviews about other companies but these look like the real deal. This DIY project really changed the whole atmosphere of the kitchen giving it a modern and sophisticated feel.
Considerations Before Using Peel and Stick
As with any DIY project, surface prep is always key. Due to surface imperfections and wear, they started by putting up a thin backer board and then primed it. For most, this wouldn’t be necessary, and I recommend watching this video before starting. I also recommend reading the generous FAQ. The largest consideration to make before you make your first cut is to make sure your cabinets and counter top are completely straight relative to each other. Even a small difference can be noticeable unless you plan ahead. Measure at both ends and the center to see if there are any differences in height.
Setting Up to Apply Peel and Stick Tile
The peel and stick tile, like other glass tile, still requires a glass tile cutter.
TIP #1: While you won’t make a nasty mess like you do with mortar, I still recommend putting some towels down on the counter top and under your tile cutter to catch any glass fragments from the cutter.
Always lay out the pattern before applying it to the wall. It’s just good practice, and the backing is very sticky so it is not easy to remove.
Aspect Tile recommends painting the wall a similar color to the tile in the event there are any gaps. Because the cabinets and counter top were straight and level, there were not issues with gaps in our installation.
TIP #2: Use a dry erase marker to draw your cut lines. It is easy to see and you can wipe it off right after cutting the tile.
With a simple glass cutting tool, the tiles are cut fairly easily around outlets and corners. For intricate cuts, we did end up using a wet saw with a diamond cutting blade with no issue.
The tile has now been up for several months and is holding up very well. It is easy to clean and no tiles have fallen at all. During installation, 1 tile was cracked when the outlet plate was screwed in a bit too tight and he plans to replace that piece. It would be impossible to patch a regular mortal and grout tile, so the this Aspect glass tile seems very forgiving.
I know that they love how it turned out and I think it’s just beautiful!
Now that the backsplash is done, they are already talking about redoing the cabinets. DIY can be addicting, right? Well, at least it feels that way in our house. If you are in the market for a new backsplash or accent, and don’t want the hassle or expense of traditional stone or glass tile, you might want to consider taking a look at this product.
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