Can I apply peel and stick tile over wallpaper?

Bessie Benson
by Bessie Benson
I have old wallpaper that has been stapled in some places and glued in others. I want to put a peel and stick tile up as backsplash. Can this be applied over the wallpaper?

  7 answers
  • Kate Kate on Aug 22, 2017

    Not an expert here, but if the stuff is already not adhering to the wall without lots of help, I would not think that adding any other weight to it would be a good idea. You need some sort of a firm foundation to build on, or the whole thing is going to slip off.

  • Cin21825342 Cin21825342 on Aug 22, 2017

    I wouldn't. The weight of the tiles will eventually pull down the wallpaper. best to scrape off the paper before tiling.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 22, 2017

    Well, Yes they could be, if the surface is smooth, otherwise you will possibly be able to see the Staple outline under the tiles. Try 1 tile and see????

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 22, 2017

    Yes, you can but it will probably show the staples through if they protrude! Why not test out over a staple and see.......................before committing to the whole project.............

  • Alice Alice on Aug 22, 2017

    I would not. It has already started coming off, hence staples and glued. Adding grout ( which is moist) will pull the rest of the paper off, including your tile.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 08, 2024

    The wallpaper would have to be stuck to the wall securely, otherwise the weight of the tile will peel off with the wallpaper.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 08, 2024

    Get a paper tiger tool and remove the old wallpaper with some Downey and water in a spray bottle. That mixture will take off the old glue and you can start a fresh new wall. Prep is everthing when it comes to tiling.