Below is a complete tutorial on how to install peel and stick tiles on a bathroom wall.
Updating My Dark Bathroom Walls
Bathroom updates can be a lot of work, especially when you spent plenty of time previously updating and then decided you don't love it.
Here is a picture of the way 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...
It is such a small bathroom and the dark walls made it feel darker. I wanted to brighten things up a bit.
The perfect and easy fix for that was these awesome glass peel and stick tiles by Aspect Tile
Bathroom Peel and Stick Tile on Entire Wall
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 doesn't have many square feet, I needed my finishes to be decorative.
I had never used peel and stick tiles before so I decided the best way 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 first time wall.
Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Install Peel and Stick Tiles
Step 1-Paint the Walls White
One of the first things 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.
Step 2-Straight First Row of Peel and Stick Tiles
This next step is so IMPORTANT. The first row must be level!! If the first tile 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 for a starting point. A laser level would work fine too to make sure you have a very level line to start the first row of tiles.
Can you see the gap on the left hand side? If I had just gone along the ceiling it would have thrown everything off.
Step 3- Tile Installation
To apply this type of tile it is as easy as they sound, simply pull the paper off the back and the tile adhesive sticks straight on the wall.
I did find if I very lightly pressed them on at first just to make sure everything was lined up. If I needed to adjust, 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.
Step 4-Pattern and Cutting
I decided to stick with a basic subway style wall tile layout.
The first row I started with one of my full tiles 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 wet saw you can buy a tile scorer at most hardware stores for around $20 to cut tile.
To add tile around a light fixture first, unscrew the covers and put your tile behind it. If you don't, when you go to put the cover on it won't fit anymore.
Another reason I decided to add subway tile floor to ceiling in this bathroom renovation, was to hide all the wall damage on this part of the wall from the previous vanity we pulled out.
Tips to keep in Mind While Installing Peel and Stick Wall Tiles
- These tiles are not going to fit 100% perfectly, but I will say for the most part they did fit pretty snug!
- 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.
- The walls of your bathroom are not flat or square, especially in older homes. Although walls in a new home don't always have a straight edge either so make sure your first line is level.
- Since these tiles are not grouted there is no way to seal them and no waterproofing membrane. They are NOT recommended to use as shower tile or floor tiles.
- Make sure your tiles on each wall match up to each other in the corner.
Step 5-Adding Trim to Finish
We did end up running a small corner molding around the ceiling to help hide the small gaps. We also ran a small white corner mold down the corners too. It made everything look clean and crisp.
Clean and Crisp Half-Bath DIY Project
This is one of those small areas that now has a big impact! I love how it turned out. It is fun to see a pop of color with the glass peel and stick tiles in the little cove area of my bathroom.
With the dark walls gone and a light colored bathroom floor this small bathroom feels bright and fresh. It gets so much foot traffic in my house, I am glad to have this project done without too much work.
This is a quick and easy diy project that I feel confident you can handle.
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