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Steph’s kitchen has been in need of a backsplash since she moved into her house three years ago. During the refresh of her newly purchased house, we chose a stone tile but soon returned our sample as our energy and enthusiasm for tacking a tile project waned. It just seemed too daunting to deal with adhesive, grout, and cutting tile with a wet saw.
As a participant at the blogging conference, Haven, we were sent a sample box of Aspect Peel & Stick Tile along with 20 square feet of tile free. At the conference we were able to handle and try the tile in a session. It's one thing to try a product in a sample situation, but quite another in a real life scenario.
The beauty of Aspect’s Peel & Stick tile (with the exception of the glass version) is that it can be cut with simple tools. No complicated wet saws to deal with! The stone tile, which we chose, is exceptionally user friendly. Cuts can be made with tin snips or chisel and hammer.
Preparing the wall: We used a heat gun to soften the old caulk. Then we used a caulk removal tool to have a smooth, flat base for the tile.
We cleaned the wall and countertop edge with mineral spirits. Next we needed to prime the wall so we used Frog tape to protect the edges and vertical stopping points. We used Kilz Primer as the tile instructions suggested. Once dried, we removed the Frog tape.
The tile has natural breaks which we tried to utilize when marking outlet cuts. When a cut ended on a natural break, we just used a utility knife to cut away the backing.
When we came to the window molding, we made a paper pattern of the trim. We drew out the pattern, cut it out, and traced it onto the tile to be cut. For some spots, we made a paper guide. We cut out the paper guide and traced it onto a tile.
If you’re a frequent shopper in any big box store, you'll see other brands and types of peel and stick tile. They all claim to be easy to use, but it's clear when you start comparing these types of tiles that the Aspect tile is far superior when it comes to looking and feeling like real stone. It's amazing that you can get a high end look in a peel and stick tile!
We are now looking at using the tile in my (Vicki) kitchen. I’d love the glass, but it's a little intimidating due to the number of outlets in my backsplash and the difficulty in cutting glass. I may go for the metal which can be cut with tools we already have.
If you’re in the market for a backsplash and don’t want the expense of all the extras needed for installing a traditional stone tile, this product is one you want to consider.
By the way, prices vary for this tile so do your research. We found the best price on Aspect’s own website where you can also order free samples and contact their tech support for additional help. Also, Home Depot has a display were you can see some of the tiles in person.
Please note: We are not sponsored by Aspect Tile. We were given this tile for free to try out. All thoughts and options are our own and based on our experience with the product.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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