Over the past several years, I’ve been slowly DIYing my way towards a more modern kitchen. I haven’t been willing to commit the necessary money or time to doing a full-fledged kitchen renovation, so tackling smaller projects over time has been the next best thing. (And it helps that I have a wonderful friend named Natali who has tackled several of those projects herself!) The countertops have been addressed, the cupboards and walls painted, and many of my appliances have been upgraded to newer models. But as I looked around my kitchen the other day, I realized I was missing one thing: a backsplash!
I’m always admiring the beautiful tile backsplashes in kitchens in magazines and on home improvement shows. But installing tile is a big job! And while I feel pretty confident in my DIY skills, I don’t think I’m at “installing tile” levels just yet. ;-) So I started searching around the web for a solution that would allow me to replicate the look of a gorgeous tile backsplash, without the cost or installation of regular tile. And I’m happy to report that I found the perfect solution!
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The answer is actually fairly simple: peel-and-stick tile! I had heard of peel-and-stick tile in the past, but I was somewhat skeptical. My two major concerns were that one, the adhesive wouldn’t be strong enough to keep it in place, and two, that they wouldn’t really look like tile. But I’m happy to report that neither of those things turned out to be true! The tiles I used were plenty sticky, and they look great. And if I ever want to remove them or change them out for a different design, I can just pull them right off the wall, no problem!
I am now a believer that a peel-and-stick backsplash is a simple, effective, and damage-free way to spruce up your kitchen. (You can also apply them over the top of an existing tile backsplash, if you need to!) It went as well as I could have hoped for, and I’ve been loving the results. Here’s how you can do it too! :-)
How To Install A Peel-And-Stick Tile Backsplash
- Peel-and-stick tiles*
- Level & pencil (optional)
- Craft knife or utility knife
- Cutting mat
Note: I used these peel-and-stick tiles I found on Amazon. Each set came with twelve 6″ x 6″ tiles. See the bottom of this post to see even more cute options!
Step 1 – Prep
The first thing you’ll want to do is clean the area where you’ll be applying the tile. Applying the tiles to a clean surface will help ensure that the adhesive sticks properly. You can use a Magic Eraser or just a sponge dipped in some warm water and a bit of Dawn dish soap.
Once the walls are clean, you may want to use a level and a pencil to draw some guide lines on the wall. This isn’t strictly necessary, but it can be helpful if you want your tiles to be absolutely stick-straight. I just “eyeballed” mine, starting from the bottom and going up.
Step 2 – Apply
When it comes to applying the tiles, there really isn’t much to it! You just peel the liner off the back of the tiles, and press them firmly to the wall.
Another nice thing about peel-and-stick tiles is that they’re easy to trim with a craft or utility knife. When you come to a point where you need to trim the tiles to fit, use a measuring tape to figure out how much you’ll need to trim off. Then trace that measurement onto one of your tiles with a pencil or marker, and use your craft knife to carefully cut the tile down to size. Then just peel off the liner and apply as usual!
Step 3 – Admire!
All that’s left to do is step back and admire your handiwork! I love the way my backsplash looks now, thanks to these super easy peel-and-stick tiles. I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on them, and people rarely realize that it isn’t real tile! I definitely recommend giving these a try if you want to give your kitchen an easy and inexpensive facelift.
Even More Peel-And-Stick Tile Options!
I had the hardest time deciding which tiles I should get, because I found a LOT of cute peel-and-stick tile options online. Here are a few of my favorites from Etsy, to help show just how many different styles are out there! :-)