Easy DIY Removable Tile Backsplash (with Real Tile!!)

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30 Minutes

I came up with this idea for a removable tile backsplash for our bathroom because I wasn't sure how long it would be until we would replace our bathroom vanity. Backsplash and Vanity are still going strong after several years, now!

Before: Here is our plain bathroom sink. If you hang around me very long, you will find out that I don't like leaving things plain for very long. I searched and searched and finally found some gorgeous accent tile for our shower renovation. And there was enough left over for a backsplash!

(I'd love for you to see how I designed my shower!)

The tile came in 12 inch by 12 inch squares, with a clear sheet of sticky plastic across the top holding the tiny squares all together.

I wasn't sure how long it would be before we replaced our vanity (even though it had replaced our other vanity, it was a salvaged piece from the side of the road and wasn't in perfect condition).

So I didn't want a permanent backsplash. That's when I came up with my great idea!!

I went to the hardware store and ordered a piece of plexiglass the size of the backsplash area.

This is the back of the plexiglass, with the tile on the other side. I attached the tile to it using just two things: a product called Simple Mat from Home Depot, and pre-mixed grout. The Simple Mat is sticky on both sides-- one side sticks to the wall (or in my case, the plexiglass). The other side is sticky for the tiles to stick onto.

Then I used the pre-mixed grout to grout the tile like you normally would.

My backsplash was all ready to install! It just couldn't get any easier--- I used Command Strips for hanging pictures! Sometimes I remove my removable backsplash to clean around the vanity. It looks perfect! No one knows it is removable unless I tell them!!!

Not only do I have the look of real tile-- it IS Real Tile!! : )

While I enjoyed having my shower tiled with this beautiful accent tile, I think this removable backsplash might be my favorite!

[Looking for more ways to make your bathroom prettier? I have lots of great ideas right here!]

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  • Sue in wy Sue in wy on Nov 03, 2021

    Wonderful!! Just wondering what the cost of the plexiglass was?

  • Nicki Petruzzella Kerns Nicki Petruzzella Kerns on Nov 13, 2021

    This looks great but I'm confused. Did you use the Command strips to fasten the plexiglass to the wall? Would love to try this in both my bathroom and kitchen. Thanks!

  • Joan Joan on Dec 31, 2021

    You stated "Sometimes I remove my removable backsplash to clean around the vanity. It looks perfect! No one knows it is removable unless I tell them!!!"

    Wouldn't removing the backsplash to clean around the vanity from time to time, ruin the stickiness of the Command Strips?

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  • Emilie DeWolf Emilie DeWolf on Nov 07, 2022

    Love Love LOVE it❤️❤️

    I rent n have trying to thing of something AWESOME.. you nailed it.. thank you

  • Sar79402672 Sar79402672 on Apr 28, 2023

    Beautiful. Which tiles did you use? these? "URBN Contemporary Light Sky Blue Iridescent Glass Mosaic Tile for Kitchen and Bath?" Amazon had zillions... thanks!