We tiled our DIY backsplash with aspect peel and stick tiles and it is super easy to install. The tiles look stunning in my new kitchen. All you do is peel and stick onto your wall. You can use glue but the adhesive that is on the tile is extremely strong.
Update: Our backsplash has been up for 3 years now and we are very pleased with it. It is still on the wall firmly.
In fact, we have tried to move or loosen one of the tiles and it will not budge. We could not be happier with these tiles.
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We remodeled our 1990’s kitchen with oak cabinets and tumbled marble backsplash and transformed the kitchen into a white and bright kitchen that is beautiful.
The glass tiles look stunning in our new kitchen. I want to show you how easy they were to install. We have installed tile before using cement and grout and the peel and stick tile is very simple to use. Keeping our remodeling cost as low as possible is the goal. What I love about peel and stick is that you save on labor and you do not have to use grout.
I was concerned about the Aspect peel and stick tile backing being strong enough to hold the tiles up. A couple of DIY bloggers have used this product so I asked them if I should use glue also. They told me that I did not have to use glue or adhesive because they are so strong. As a result, the tile adheres as soon as you place them on the wall.
Removing the old tiles
The person who installed the tumbled marble years ago added the marble onto the Formica that was original to the home.
We popped the tiles off using a hammer and a chisel. There was cement left on the cabinet side and old backsplash.
We order the Aspect tiles in the color “Frost” because this color is the closest to white. The tile has enough gray in it to add some contrast with all the white in the new kitchen.
Seriously, all you do is peel and stick!
We both work in different areas of the kitchen. The job goes fairly fast until you have to slow down and make cuts.
We researched how to cut and install the tiles before we started the project. This video from Aspect Tiles on YouTube is very helpful. Already having a wet saw from previous projects, we decide to use on the straight cuts. The video explains that you do not have to use a wet saw.
To cut around an outlet, use a hand tile nipper.
Measure and cut the tiles in straight lines to place around the outlets.
We worked from left to right so that we came straight across the bottom row with our tiles. We had a tiny gap under the tiles that we fixed using caulk(over the desk).
Apply caulk in places that need it like around the sink and where the tiles meet the countertops.
Kitchen remodels are not cheap but we saved so much money by doing all the work on each project ourselves. We always say that it is a great feeling to know that you did it yourselves!
You can read the entire remodel here.
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