Take a picture of your existing backsplash and jot down the dimensions. This will help determine if you can use peel and stick self-adhesive tile to replace the original material or if it makes more sense to paint or resurface the wall first using methods like drywall mud, skim coating, or stucco before applying the self adhesive backsplash tiles. More on that below…
What You’ll Need
- A place for the peel and stick tile installation, for example the kitchen counter. This surface should be clean, dry, and free from any bumps or grooves that could interfere with installation of the peel and stick tile.
- Peel and Stick Tiles – In order to install self-adhesive tiles, you will need peel and stick tiles in your desired color and size.
The first step to creating an attractive backsplash is deciding on the layout. Your options are typically vertical and horizontal rows or a combination of both, but the number of rows you decide on can make or break your design.
For example, if you choose to go with two rows of tiles, the second row will need to be smaller than the first in order for it not to overpower the first row. Additionally, there are no hard and fast rules about how many columns or rows should be used to create a visually appealing high gloss self-adhesive backsplash.
- Make sure the surface is clean and dry.
- Peel off one piece at a time and stick it on the wall or other surface for about 30 seconds, then press firmly with your fingers or an object like a credit card.
- Use scissors to cut excess material from corners or seams (if applicable).
- If the adhesive does not hold well, use water and apply more pressure for about thirty seconds before peeling up the tile again and trying again with another tacky side of adhesive against the wall or surface where you are applying it.
Cutting the Tiles
Peel and stick vinyl tile and peel and stick composite tiles, for their high gloss 3d appearance and easy installation, become 2022 backsplash trends. Below are some guide things you need to know when buying peel and stick backsplash tiles.
- Make sure that the tiles are not too small for your wall or countertop. You want to avoid creating seams when installing them on your surface, as this will create an unattractive pattern in the finished product.
- Measure twice, cut once. It is best to measure both lengths of the wall/countertop to make sure there is enough space for your new tiles. Once you have completed measuring, make cuts with a utility knife at even intervals across the length of the tile sheet. If you do not have enough cuts already made along one side of the sheet, it may be better to cut it into smaller pieces before making any more cuts (but if this is what you want to do, go ahead). When cutting up sheets in order to fit shorter walls/countertops: start by cutting off each side of the sheet at an angle (again using a utility knife), leaving half-inch border around all edges.
Applying the Tiles
The first thing you’ll need to do is decide how you want the tiles applied. Some peel and stick tiles come in strips, while others are individual squares. You may want to think about installation when choosing the style of tile.
For example, if you plan on cutting tiles into small pieces, they should be individual squares. If not, they should come in strips and be cut with scissors. The next step is to find your starting point. Peel and start at one corner of the backsplash or at one end of the area you would like your tile surface to cover and work your way across it until you reach the other side.
Selecting the right backsplash is an important decision, and can dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen. Use these tips as a starting point for your next project, and be sure to consider all of your options before making your final selection.