DIY: Peel & Stick Kitchen Backsplash

I’ve wanted a kitchen backsplash since we moved into our house over two years ago, but I could never commit to a tile I liked enough to make a permanent change to our house. I had never considered peel and stick tile either–I thought it would look like a sticker on our walls, so when I saw these peel and stick mosaic Smart Tiles at Home Depot, I was surprised by how much I liked them.

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The more I thought about it, the more I realized the peel and stick design could be a perfect fit for us. We didn’t have any of the tools or materials needed to do a regular tile backsplash, we had almost no experience installing a backsplash, and I wasn’t sure I would want to have the same tile two or three years from now. I decided to give it a try, and with Andrew’s help, we have a kitchen backsplash that we both love but can easily remove when we get tired of it.

The application process was fairly easy. We used TSP to wipe the walls down and let them dry, and we used a fabric cutting board and a utility knife we had on hand to cut around outlets and other odd areas. Andrew’s precision paid off when it came time to cut the pieces that went around the window.

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Overall, it was a really easy process and I think it looks great. When I look at it, I don’t immediately think, “oh, that’s a sticker.” I really liked that we could take our time installing the tiles; we didn’t have drying cement to worry about so we were able to put the them up at our own pace and in between playing with Ellie. All we have to do to remove them is run a hair dryer over the tiles and they’ll peel off without taking off the paint. I estimate this project cost us about 50% of what putting up a tile backsplash would have and I definitely recommend this as an easy project for first-timers.

 

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