Peel & Stick Kitchen Tile Install


Steph’s kitchen has been in need of a backsplash since she moved into her house three years ago. During the refresh of her newly purchased house, we chose a stone tile but soon returned our sample as our energy and enthusiasm for tacking a tile project waned. It just seemed too daunting to deal with adhesive, grout, and cutting tile with a wet saw.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
As a participant at the blogging conference, Haven, we were sent a sample box of Aspect Peel & Stick Tile along with 20 square feet of tile free. At the conference we were able to handle and try the tile in a session. It's one thing to try a product in a sample situation, but quite another in a real life scenario.
The beauty of Aspect’s Peel & Stick tile (with the exception of the glass version) is that it can be cut with simple tools. No complicated wet saws to deal with! The stone tile, which we chose, is exceptionally user friendly. Cuts can be made with tin snips or chisel and hammer.
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peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
First we did a dry run of the tile placement.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
Preparing the wall: We used a heat gun to soften the old caulk.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
Then we used a caulk removal tool to have a smooth, flat base for the tile.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
We cleaned the wall and countertop edge with mineral spirits. Next we needed to prime the wall so we used Frog tape to protect the edges and vertical stopping points. We used Kilz Primer as the tile instructions suggested. Once dried, we removed the Frog tape.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
Once the surface was prepped and dried, we moved on to fitting our tile. To cut around the outlets, we used the plate as a guide, marking just within the plate to be sure the plate completely covered the tile.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
The vertical cuts were easy to make with tin snips.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
Horizontal cuts were made with a rubber mallet and chisel.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
The backing was very easy to remove.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
We did a light fit to make sure the placement was right and then pushed firm to get a strong hold.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
To finish the edges, we used a scrap piece of molding and cut it to size on the miter saw. We primed, painted and put it into place using finishing nails.
peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
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peel stick kitchen tile install, kitchen design
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  • Susan
    on Dec 22, 2018

    On my "to do" list! I love this!!!

  • Bonnie
    on Jun 13, 2019

    Love this idea-in process of doing this to my kitchen !Thanks!😄😄😄

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