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How to Install Peel & Stick Smart Tiles: simple how to tutorial for installing peel & stick Smart Tiles. It’s an easy process with a big impact!
We received product as compensation from Smart Tiles to create our backsplash. All opinions are mine. I only share products I truly love.
We recently put an addition on our existing home which allowed our family of 5 to have more space, which was much needed. Our three children are now able to have their own bedrooms and we now have a master bedroom suite with our own bathroom and small sunroom area. It’s been one of the best things we have done with our home and has made all the difference if our constantly feeling of being cramped. A larger expense in our addition had required us to being creative with our existing kitchen and the desperate need for an update.
We sat, decided on the things we definitely wanted to add and what wasn’t necessary. One of the first things we talked about was adding a backsplash. We knew we didn’t have the skill set or patience to install subway tile the “old fashioned” way, so we began to research alternatives. We were so excited when we found Smart Tiles and began to research and decide what look we would want. We went with a more classic subway tile look and chose Metro Campagnola, which fits perfectly with our farmhouse look.
Tools need to Install Smart Tiles:
- Peel and Stick Smart Tiles, amount is determine by the size of your kitchen and their website has an easy formula to figure that out for you
- Scissors or Box Cutter
- Pencil or Pen
The steps to Install Peel and Stick Smart Tiles are as simple and measuring, cutting, and sticking it to the wall. There is no grout, no mess, and no special tools are needed. The Peel and Stick tiles are actually much thinner than what I was expecting but you don’t notice it once it’s on the wall. The final product is beautiful and they really do look real once they are on the wall.
- Clean your Surface: Before you being adding your tiles to your wall be sure to wash the surface with a powerful grease-remover, we used TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate). Our walls were pretty uneven and dirty from years of use so we washed it well and gave it plenty of time for it to dry.
- Measuring and Cutting: We started in a corner of our kitchen but where you start might be different depending on the space your trying to cover. For us, starting in the corner was easiest. It’s pretty straight forward until you get to an outlet. Simple measure around the area and report it to your tile. We used a marker but a pencil or pen would be better. You can use a box cutter to cut out the designated areas but we found a good pair of scissors was just as easy!
- Apply to the wall: Once your measurements have been marked and cut simply fold back part of the protective paper towards the back, being careful not to touch the adhesive. Now place adhesive portion on wall and apply a light pressure. While the tiles are removable they are very sticky! It’s important to get it right the first time. 🙂
We had a larger area to cover, that also had about 4 outlets, so it took my husband almost a full day to install the Smart Tiles but if you just have one wall to cover you could get it done in just a few hours. It may be a tad tedious but so simple!
Are Smart Tiles easy to clean?
Yes! This is one of my favorite features! I was a little nervous having a white backsplash with three kids who have no problem helping themselves in the kitchen. Warm water and mild soap has easily taken off any splatter of food that has gotten on it.
Here is our immediate before and after. In these two pictures all we did was add the Smart Tile backsplash. I felt like it made such a difference in the brightness of the room by just adding a backsplash.
This below picture is what our kitchen looks like now after we installed new kitchen cabinet doors, added a fresh coat of paint and installed some new light fixtures. All of our changes were centered around our Smart Tile backsplash and we couldn’t be happier with the final look!
Just look at this before and after 🙂
Hi! What did you use for the edges/trim?