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Peel and Stick Tiles in Our Bathroom

Peel and Stick Tiles in Our Bathroom

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Bathroom updates can be a lot of work, especially when you don’t love the before product. Here is how this little cove in my bathroom used to look.  Do you ever do something and then look back and wonder why you did it?  That is exactly how I feel about this bathroom. I still don’t understand why I thought it would be a good idea to paint these walls so dark… ha ha… Don’t worry, we fixed that with some awesome peel and stick tiles by Aspect Tile

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This half bath on our main floor is a very odd shape… but hey, I will take an odd shaped bathroom over no bathroom at all.  When I was designing this space I wanted to use it’s odd shape to my advantage.  Since it is so small I needed my finishes to be decorative.  I used Aspect peel and stick tiles in Morning Dew.

I had never used peel and stick tiles before so I decided to start on the far wall since you don’t see it as much.  We started at the top and worked our way down.  We decided to start at the top so our smaller cut pieces would be on the floor, and our floor is not level!  I definitely learned a lot on this wall.

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How to Install Peel and Stick Tiles

The first thing I learned was to paint the wall white, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but if the tiles don’t fit perfectly you can’t tell as much with a lighter color.

To apply these tiles they are as easy as they sound, simply pull the paper off the back and stick it straight to the wall.  I did find if I lightly pressed them on at first to make sure everything was lined up, I could pull them back off without any damage.  Once you have them where you want them press hard so they adhere to the wall.  The sticky stuff on the back will create an even tighter bond over the next 24 hours.

These tiles are not going to fit 100% perfectly for a few reasons

  • Every tile is not the exact same – that isn’t just peel and stick tiles, that is how all tiles are.  You just don’t usually notice it because you have grout to help hide it.
  • Not all walls are flat or square or even.

But I will say for the most part they did fit pretty snug!

Start at Home | Bathroom Remodel | Peel and Stick Tiles | Bathroom VanitySome Things to Remember:

Straight First Row

It is so IMPORTANT that you first row is level!!  If it is off even a tiny bit you will notice it further down the wall as it will make all of your tiles off. Our ceilings are not level so I used our level to create a straight line across the top.

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Can you see the gap on the left hand side?  If I had gone along the ceiling it would have thrown everything off.

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You also want to make sure your tiles on each wall match up to each other in the corner.

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Pattern and Cutting

I decided to stick with a basic subway style pattern.  The first row I started with a full tile and then the next row I started with half of a tile.  These tiles are real glass – if you drop them they will shatter.  To cut them we used a glass blade in our tile saw.  If you don’t have a tile saw you can buy a tile scorer at most hardware stores for around $20.

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If you have outlets you need to work around make sure to unscrew the plug and put your tile behind it.  If you don’t, when you go to put the cover on it won’t fit anymore.

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Another reason I decided to add subway tile floor to ceiling in this bathroom, was to hide all the wall damage from the previous vanity we pulled out.

Start at Home | Bathroom Remodel | Peel and Stick Tiles | Bathroom VanityTADA! Here it is all finished up.  We did end up running a small corner molding around the ceiling to help hide the cracks. We also ran a small white corner mold down the corners too.  It made everything look clean and crisp.

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Since these tiles are not grouted there is no way to seal them.  They are not recommended for showers or floors.

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