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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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shirley a brancheau
11/6/2016 05:33:17 pm
11/6/2016 06:10:12 pm
Looks Outstanding, need to something with my kitchen, did you make a backsplash behind the range.
11/6/2016 08:11:14 pm
Hi Rose, we did not put the tile by my kitchen range because my range doesn't have a wall behind it- it's just an open bar area.
11/18/2016 07:43:09 pm
ME ENCANTA TODOS SUS PROYECTO PUES ME FACINA HACER COSAS. EN MI CASA Y SI SON FACIL MEJOR BENDICIONES
11/18/2016 09:00:57 pm
¡Gracias por las amables palabras!
4/12/2017 09:44:50 am
Looks fantastic! I am wondering if any kind of sealant was necessary on it if using near a sink. I would be worried about water leakage to the drywall under the tiles.
4/12/2017 10:26:52 am
Thanks! It's real stone so it can discolor from water. The company does recommend sealing it if it will be exposed to water. We decided not to seal mine and I have not had any issues.
4/12/2017 04:42:36 pm
Do you plan on exchanging your white outlets for darker ones later ? Love what you have done very smart looking.
4/12/2017 05:36:20 pm
Thanks! The white outlets don't bother me. But we did find these outlet covers that are paintable to blend in more. I use a few on the outlets I don't use. (http://amzn.to/2oZ0Ths0)
4/12/2017 04:53:47 pm
Where did you buy the contour guide?
4/12/2017 05:37:52 pm
Hi Jan- we bought that at home depot in the tile/ flooring section of the store.
3/9/2018 08:24:51 pm
Can you adhere the peel and stick tile on cleaned existing tile, or must the old tile be removed?
5/29/2018 03:21:50 pm
Can this be put over tile backsplash? If so, how could you prepare the tile?
3/15/2018 03:27:21 pm
I love what you did! Can the tiles be applied over textured walls? (orange peel) Thanks
3/19/2018 09:19:33 am
I'm not sure about that. I do know you need to prime the wall first that the tiles will be placed on.
3/19/2018 09:28:07 am
4/16/2018 12:08:21 pm
Will this adhere to laminate if the laminate is primed?
4/27/2018 01:09:13 pm
Loved your project simple beautiful!
5/20/2018 02:47:02 pm
Hi. Looks nice. Can you tell me how it's holding up?
5/20/2018 07:25:10 pm
Hi Sherry- it's been almost 2 years and it is holding up very well. No issues and still really happy with them!
5/26/2018 07:36:44 pm
Do you think it could be applied to tile already there? I really hate my tile back splash and would love to try this
7/1/2018 11:46:17 am
Hi, I like the stick and peel from Home Depot that you did in your kitchen. Can that be put on existing tile ? Your whole project looks great
9/2/2018 09:46:15 am
Can these design peel and stick tile can be stick over existing wall tiles?
2/2/2019 12:34:01 am
I like that you suggested having a pattern done on a piece of paper and doing it on the peel and stick before cutting them out. I will keep that in mind to ensure that we apply the stickers well. It will be for the room of my son who badly wants to make his room look like space. It will be my surprise for him on his 6th birthday next week.
2/28/2019 10:23:41 am
Love this idea! Looks good
2/28/2019 10:32:55 am
Oh,I like the contour guide. Who is the mfg and would you recommend the brand.
3/1/2019 09:15:37 am
The guide we used was by QEP and was in the tile install section of Home Depot. We also found a metal version by Empire a while back, it was in the measuring tape section of Home Depot. Both work well!
8/5/2019 09:20:34 am
Love your peel stick backsplash! I'm planning something similar in a house I'm currently remodeling. Based on your experience, do you think this would work over outdated brick fireplace? It has gas logs, not used often at all.
8/8/2019 10:28:41 am
Hmmm...I don't think it would stick to actual brick. You would probably need to put some wood underlayment on top of the brick to attach the tile to. If you are considering it, I suggest contacting Aspect Tile to see what they recommend.
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