First off, let me say that I have always loved copper..copper bottom pots, copper colander, copper bowls, copper lanterns, etc. We've got a few pieces here and there...so when I found out about copper subway tiles I was VERY excited!!! My husband is from NY and at first said, "Why in the world would I want my kitchen backsplash to look like a NY subway station??!!!" But then I showed him I was talking about COPPER tiles, not white subway tiles...Luckily, the husband was on board and so I removed our beadboard kitchen backsplash in favor of these copper tiles. This was my weekend project, and although I didn't "quite" finish (I did get more than halfway through), I did complete enough to appreciate the richness and shimmer these tiles offer!
Time: 2 DaysCost: $250Difficulty: Medium
I love LTD Commodities -- such an eclectic variety of items available in their catalogs for great prices! I order from them often. This is where I ordered the copper tiles - they also come in white and black. A box of 25 tiles for $9.98. We needed 12 boxes.
The one complaint that seemed to reoccur was that the included double-stick tape squares did not always hold the tiles up. I'm not sure if this was because of the type of backsplashes being covered or not, but I decided not to use the tape at all and bought 2 bags of Gorilla Hot Glue Sticks instead.
The tiles are very easy to cut - just make your markings, score with a box cutter, and snap. For small cuts (like notches around cabinet bottoms), I scored several times then used a small pair of grippers to help snap small pieces off cleanly. Notice the very tiny gap along the bottom - I will NOT be snipping tiles into teeny little pieces to cover this, but rather decided to use some sort of trim piece...just decided on style and color.
Suggested materials for this project:
- Copper subway tiles (LTD Commodities)
- Gorilla Glue Gun Sticks (Walmart)
- Boxcutter (Dollar Tree)
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