When we wanted to give the kitchen a budget makeover in our last house, one of our quick fix solutions was to use peel and stick tiles on the backsplash. Whether you are after a temporary fix or a more permanent solution, these tiles have grown massively in popularity in the last few years. They are super-simple to apply and look great!
The backsplash was one area that had bugged me since we moved in to the house . Most of the kitchen tiles were plain, but the tiles above the cooker had a really old fashioned brown squares design. We didn’t want to remove them – as this would be a lot of work and mess. So I had to think of another way.
While browsing on Amazon, I found some amazing ‘Peel and Stick’ tiles. These stick-on vinyl tiles are textured and look very real. They are also waterproof. There was a range of colours, sizes and designs, so I chose a design that I thought would work with the worktops and cabinets that we had and we gave them a try.
Applying the tiles
To apply the tiles, you first make sure that the surface you are sticking them to is clean and smooth (the existing tiles were ideal). Next you simply trim the tile to the size / shape you want using scissors. There were a couple of plug sockets in our backsplash area, but these were easily trimmed around. Then you carefully place the tile while gently peeling the backing off and stick it in place.
As the tiles we were using were mosaic ones, we didn’t have to worry about pattern matching, we simply lined up the next tile and repeated the process until the whole backsplash area was done.
They are amazing! Once on the wall, you wouldn’t know they weren’t real. They turned a pretty old-fashioned looking boring backsplash into something much more bright and modern. The other good thing was that once they were on, they stayed on. I worried they might peel once steam and grease from the cooker got to them – but they held firm.
To finish the area off we replaced all the sealant between the backsplash and the worktops – making everything look much cleaner and brighter. Using peel and stick tiles on the kitchen backsplash had transformed the kitchen in an afternoon – easy peasy!