I Gave My Dingy Backsplash an Update in One Afternoon

2 Materials
$150
4 Hours
Easy

My backsplash was old and dingy. I wanted to give it a quick update. We will be doing a complete remodel in two years so I wanted it to be fairly simple.

I love the look of subway tile but I did not want to go through ripping out the old backsplash, repairing drywall, and tiling. I decided to try peel and stick tiles instead.

I prepared the backsplash by removing the switch and outlet plates and cleaning the backsplash with soap and water. I wanted a nice clean surface for the tiles to stick to.

I started in the corner. I measured and cut the first piece.

Then I removed the backing and smoothed it into place. Be sure to press firmly to get all the air bubbles out!

I lined up the next tile. They fit together very simply.

I competed the first row pretty quickly!

Then I prepped for the top row. I measured to see how much to trim the tiles.

Then I trimmed the tiles. Be sure that you pay attention to the pattern and line the second row up accordingly.

I completed this row just like the first.

I started the second wall in the same corner. I lined up the tile and made sure I was following the pattern. I repeated the same process as the first wall.

Finally, after the tiles were set, I caulked the seem between the backsplash and counter.

I ran a bead and smoothed with my finger. I also did the gap around my window and cabinet brackets for a finished look.

I love the way it turned out! It was a whole new look in one afternoon's time!

It completely updated the look of our kitchen!

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  • Heike Smith Heike Smith on Aug 02, 2021

    Love the look, but it is sooo expensive. Would like to find that look but a bit cheaper.. know of anyplace???

  • Robyn Hemingway Robyn Hemingway on Sep 04, 2021

    What did you do to the counter tops which appeared to be black granite when you started and then white marble when you finished?

  • Sherree Andrews Sherree Andrews 6 days ago

    Confused. Was your original backsplash stainless steel? You mentioned you had tile.

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