Last summer, I started my DIY kitchen project by redoing my cabinets. Then this past spring I attacked my ugly mauve formica countertop. I have now
finally finished the majority of my project with the backsplash (which was the same ugly color of my countertop). Most backsplashes nowadays have a more modern look to them, but they unfortunately come with a hefty price. One which I was not willing to or wanting to spend. I have already completed this project well under $200 and I refused to now add another couple of hundred of dollars or more if I didn’t need to.
Enter….Sticky tiles! One Saturday night I found myself strolling the aisles of Lowe’s in the kitchen and tile department. I ended up talking to the woman who was working and she guided me towards these awesome and affordable tiles. She did show me the other types of backsplashes but I knew I was going to still need grout, a saw to trim the edges as I was measuring, and another person to be helping me. So I made the decision to go with what I originally wanted and purchased this fabulous grey mist combo.
Now in order to know how much you will need to buy, make sure you measure as accurate as you possibly can in square feet. These tiles are about 10″ x 10″. Not exactly a foot in length and width. You also need to make sure you buy a little extra because you
may will mess-up.
When you get home, make sure you wash down your backsplash with soap and warm water and let it dry completely. You will also need a box cutter/razor, measuring tape, straight edge and I used a piece of thick cardboard to cut on.
Once you start, make sure you follow the directions. It literally spells it out for you and you will notice that the tiles overlap with one another. It tells you where the next one should go.
It is time consuming but doesn’t take as long one would think. Once I was in a groove, I couldn’t believe how far I had gotten. Throw on some music and before you know it, you’ll be half way there.
I ended up completing it in 2 hours one Friday night (yes it took me a week to get to it!) and a little under 2 hours the next day. I am a fanatic and a perfectionist so it may have taken me longer than the average person.
I will say, when you finish, you will step back and be proud of what you have accomplished and how different and fabulous your DIY kitchen backsplash with sticky tiles looks. When I had a girls’ night at my house after I completed it, they could not believe that it wasn’t real tile and that it was sticky tile! It will fool anyone and will cost you a fraction of the price if you were to use real ceramic tiles.