Backsplashes are a great way to express your style while also keeping your kitchen or bathroom cleaner. Built with both durability and aesthetics in mind, they’re a great addition to any space that can get wet, such as a kitchen or bathroom. In a way, it’s like a picture or mural on your wall that protects the wall behind it. Acting as a vertical extension of the counter, they’re perfect for any space, large or small. With a great backsplash, you can create the ideal canvas for making your RV look like the space of your dreams.
While backsplashes are a terrific way to both protect your walls and to add style to really make the space your own, using genuine tile backsplash can be difficult to do, especially on your own. Specifically, there are a few main problems when installing real tile backsplashes. First, because of the multiple steps to the process, it can be difficult to do it without the help of a professional, even if you have had experience doing it before. Second, it can be difficult to tile around and behind appliances, as tile backsplashes need a solid support beneath the bottom row. The edges can also look unfinished and awkward, as they are not often framed without adding in another piece. Tiling around outlets can also be difficult, which comes up often when doing kitchen backsplashes. Finally, the bottom grout line can crack when the house settles over time. With the difficulties that come with installing a tile backsplash, it’s nice to have an easier option. Luckily, an easier option is available.
Peel And Stick Tile
Peel and stick tile is essentially just what it sounds like. It’s tile that has an adhesive covered by a paper backing, which you peel off to stick it on the wall. There is more to it, though. It comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and even materials. Vinyl is the cheapest option, made with a foam or plastic backing and available in a huge array of styles. Metal (yes, it’s a thing) is oftentimes an aluminum front with a sticky adhesive. Glass is a more glamorous option that tends to run more expensive. Stone options give you that rugged look without the messy grout or mortar that often accompanies it. Finally, gel options can give you a ceramic or glass look while being cheaper, being made from a 3D gel material. Because of how cheap they can be if you don’t go down the high-end route and because of how easy they are to install, many people are drawn to them.
Peel and stick tile can be installed quickly, cheaply, and without the huge mess of traditional tile. To install it, you’ll only need a utility knife, a ruler, and a level. Because of this ease, it’s perfect for newbies and people who love a good DIY project. It can be perfect for rental properties (as long as your landlord is okay with it) as well, as many options are available that do not cause damage to the wall behind it. Note, however, that this does not include all kinds of peel and stick tile. Some that have a tougher adhesive are designed to stick to the wall for longer, meaning it may cause damage to the wall if you try and remove it without the proper tools. Because of how sticky the adhesive can be, make sure that it’s in the right place before you stick it on. Also, before you install it, make sure that the wall is prepared. Keep the surface clean and smooth to make sure that it sticks well.
While tiling a backsplash can seem like a difficult task, using peel and stick tiles make that task doable, whether you’re a seasoned DIYer or are just getting started.