When we purchased our current home we knew some renovations would have to be made. The kitchen was in need of a fresh, updated look. We opted for a budget-friendly method of using peel and stick tile for the backsplash. Here is my peel and stick backsplash review based on my personal experience.
DIY Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget
The kitchen in our new home was dark, outdated, and a little smaller than I would have liked. Still, the price that was offered was too good to pass up for the size home we needed to fit our family. I knew the kitchen was on my to-do list in the renovations. The problem was our budget. We had other projects that were a priority so we had to make some improvisations. Instead of replacing the dark wood cabinets, for instance, we simply painted them and changed out the hardware. This lightened up the kitchen and the new handles offered a more modern look.
The existing backsplash was the same as the countertop – a woodgrain design laminate material. It was awful and had to go. I resurfaced the countertop to achieve the look of a luxurious marble countertop without the luxurious price! I really desired a tile backsplash that would tie in the work we had done to the cabinets and counter. The problem is I had a LOT of surface area to cover that would have been really time consuming and very expensive to do with real tile. You also have to apply grout with ceramic or glass tile and really know what you’re doing or hire a professional.
After coming across peel and stick tile sheets in our local home improvement store while looking at the kitchen demos it piqued my interest. I also had to do my research beforehand by looking at different peel and stick backsplash review posts from others that have gone this route. I needed to ensure it would hold up overtime and would be worthwhile to do.
After doing my research on this product I was pretty confident in my decision to go this route. I went with the Art3D Gray-White 10-piece stick on backsplash. This tile pattern was the perfect design to go with our new countertops. It really pulled in the subtle gray-blue tones in the paint I chose for the cabinets as well.
First thing’s first, I had to calculate how many I would need for the project. These come in packs of 10 sheets measuring 12×12-inches each. I figured out the square footage of our backsplash to determine how many sheets I’d need to order the right amount. The drawback to these is if you only need 2 or 3 extra sheets more they are not sold individually so you have to buy them by the pack, which could leave you with extra sheets you can’t return. My suggestion if you run into this problem is to find a small new project to use the extra for, such as doing a small piece in the bathroom or an accent piece in another room of the house.
When I took these out of the packaging I was really impressed with the texture and quality. The individual ’tiles’ on the sheets are 3D and have a shiny textured appearance like real tile. It’s also a pretty thick and durable material so they don’t rip or tear easily when you remove the backing to apply.
**One tip before getting started –
Remove all the plate covers on outlets and light switches first. Prior to removing the clear film from the front and the backing of the tile sheets to adhere it to the wall I placed the sheets along the backsplash where they would be applied. This is to ensure proper placement and figure out how to align them just right to cut around the outlets. You can mark measurements right onto the clear film that’s going to be removed from the sheet once you get it on your backsplash. Use those measurements to make the cutouts for your outlets and light switches.
The sheets start off unevenly with an overlap so when starting from left to right, you will need to cut off the overlap pieces from the left side of the sheet so that it’s straight and even to apply from your starting point. The next sheet of tile should line up perfectly with the under-lap side when applied.
For each sheet I made sure to very carefully align the top and the left side before placing to ensure it was even. You will need to press down and smooth it out with your hand. The adhesive on these is VERY durable for sure. I had a couple of sheets during this project that had to be readjusted because I hadn’t put them exactly even and they were not easy to remove to realign. This gave me reassurance that these tile sheets won’t start falling off or coming unpeeled any time soon. In fact this was done several months ago and there’s not even the slightest indication along any of the edges of the sheets coming unpeeled.
These backsplash sticker sheets are easy to clean if they get dirty. You can just wipe them down with a damp cloth or cleaner. They’re made to withstand humidity, although not suitable for complete saturation such as in a shower.
I should also mention that the tile sheets I chose for our backsplash did have ‘transparent’ grout lines. This means in between the embossed tiles on the sheets the ‘grout lines’ although white, are still a little see-through so if you have a dark or patterned backsplash to cover you will need to prime it first. This was already done when I prepped the counter, so I had a white background to apply the sheets on.
My final thoughts for this peel and stick backsplash review are to go for it! If you’re considering an inexpensive DIY project idea for your kitchen or bathroom, this was well worth the effort. These were pretty simple to put in place and there’s even a helpful video on Amazon that shows you how to measure before-hand and apply the sheets accordingly. It’s a really easy and affordable way to add a modernized touch or simple elegance to your home.