Peel and stick back splash tiles are an easy DIY upgrade for your kitchen that even a beginner tiler can accomplish!
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 always has 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 stick on backsplash tile from Aspect Tile. They gave me a sample and I shared it with my brother in law. Although they have real metal, stone look, and glass tiles in many different colors and shapes, the storm cloud 3×6 peel and stick backsplash 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 backsplash tile. I have heard some mixed reviews about other stick on tiles but these look like the real deal. Today I thought I would take you through installing peel and stick backsplash tile and reviewing how it has held up. This DIY project really changed the whole atmosphere of the kitchen giving it a modern and sophisticated feel.
Using Peel and Stick Kitchen Backsplash Tile
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.
Supplies for Installing Peel and Stick Backsplash
- Glass cutter like this one with snap helper (if using glass peel and stick tile. Otherwise, heavy duty snips or metal cutters would be fine. )
- Wet Saw (for intricate cuts of glass. Again, snips would be fine with metal, faux stone, or vinyl tiles)
- Level – we love our 4 ft. level!
- Pencil and Dry Erase or washable Marker
- Sandpaper or Sander to Rough Up Wall Where the Tile will go
Setting Up to Apply Peel and Stick Backsplash Tile
The peel and stick tile, like other glass tiles, still requires a glass tile cutter. If you are not using a glass tile, you will either heavy duty snips or metal cutters
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 peel and stick kitchen backsplash has now been up for several months and is holding up very well. It is easy to clean and no tiles have fallen. 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 mortar and grout tile, so this glass tile seems very forgiving.
I know that they love how it turned out and I think it’s just beautiful!
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Frequently asked questions:
There is an opaque backing on the tiles that we chose for this project, so the wall behind does not show through. It shouldn’t be necessary if you do not leave any space between the tiles. If you leave gaps, however, choose a color that is the same or similar to the color of your tile. Allow your paint to dry for about a week before covering with the peel and stick tile to ensure it adheres correctly.
You can install peel and stick backsplash tile over pre-existing tile. Make sure that your surface is clean and properly prepped. Some peel and stick tile may need a completely flat surface to adhere correctly. In this case, the grout lines would need to be filled in to make a completely flat surface.
This is the only peel and stick backsplash tile project I can personally speak for, and it has held up very well. The information out there as to how long they can last ranges wildly, but suggest that it will at least last a few years if installed properly. Installation, moisture, and heat exposure can all affect how well it adheres and how long it will last.
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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