When you want the look of tile but don’t have the budget or want to put in the hard work, peel and stick vinyl backsplash will be a more than adequate option. Peel and stick vinyl backsplash is self-adhesive, PU glue on top, backed with strong adhesive, people also call it self-adhesive wall tile or mosaic tile sticker. It is the easiest, fastest, and most affordable way to tile a surface or create a quick mosaic backsplash. If you are ready to try this at home, let’s get started!…
Step 1: Measure Your Wall
First, take measurements to make sure you buy enough peel and stick vinyl backsplash. Peel-and-stick vinyl backspalsh can come in one square foot sheets, or tiles that cover 12×12 area. Measure the length and width of your desired surface. You’ll need about 2.5 square feet for every 24 x 24.
Step 2: Prepare Your Space
Start by vacuuming your entire surface to remove dust and debris that can weaken the adhesive on your peel-and-stick backsplash. Wipe your space down with some soapy water to remove any oil or grease, which can hinder the bonding process. Allow it to dry for at least 12 hours before proceeding.
Step 3: Trim Back Adhesive for Grout Lines
To give the backsplash an authentic tiled look, you need to first trim back on any excess adhesive. Take your utility knife, lightly press it against the self-adhesive backing and then run it down at an angle along the full length of each row. Just be careful not to push too hard or you’ll cut into some tiles! Keep in mind that it’s always best to go light on trimming as once you start cutting into tiles they’re difficult if not impossible to replace. Next, take a small file or sandpaper (a small belt sander works great) and lightly sand away any areas where some adhesive has been accidentally scraped off. Sanding can create nice hard edges around borders so it really helps everything blend together nicely while adding that final touch.
Step 4: Clean the Walls
Once your design is in place, remove any tapes. If there are stubborn adhesive pieces that won’t come off, use warm water or hand sanitizer to remove them. Soap may also be used but please make sure it is safe for your material before applying. Avoid scraping against the surface as this can lead to chipping or leaving scrapes in the surface. For solid vinyl you can use rubbing alcohol on a cloth for removing any stubborn adhesives that won’t come off.
Step 5: Lay Down Self-Adhesive Backer Tile
Cover your floor in painter’s tape. This will make sure you don’t get any adhesive on your floor. Use painters’ tape to put guidelines so that the design is exactly what you want it to be. Make sure to cover up all furniture or other objects before getting started! Peel off the backing, revealing your sticky side. Place on your wall or back splash area, being careful not to overlap onto your painter’s tape guidelines.
Step 6: Glue Adhesive to Glass Mugs
Place one glass mug on top of another. Use glue stick to secure both mugs together at the base so they will not slip. Wrap a string around the perimeter of your glued glass mugs and then cut string to desired length. Use an X-acto knife to carefully cut through adhesive strip, but do not cut through top PU glue layer or your vinyl backsplash tile! Repeat as many times as necessary until you’ve covered all available surfaces.
Step 7: Lay Peel and Stick Wall Tile Design
You can also design your peel and stick wall tile backsplash. Use scissors to cut peel and stick wall tiles into smaller pieces that you can line up to create your pattern. You might want to choose peel and stick vinyl tiles in complimentary colors or use different designs, like flowers or waves. The possibilities are endless!
-Arrange your design by placing each piece where you want it on the wall. Gently press down for about 30 seconds to make sure the adhesive sticks well on the surface.
Step 8: Use Glasses to Mark Off Sections Where Mosaic Pieces Will Go
Now it’s time to decide where you want your mosaic pieces. You’ll want to use glasses or other small containers to mark off sections on your wall where you will put the different mosaic pieces. Start by using one container at one end of your backslash. In this example, we are going to create an asymmetrical pattern, so our sections are all different sizes and shapes.
Step 9 (A): Place Mosaic Pieces onto Self-Adhesive Backer Tile Section; Section 9 (B): The Result
- Place Mosaic Pieces onto Self-Adhesive Backer Tile Section; Section 9 (B): The Result. Apply mosaic pieces to self-adhesive backer tile sections as desired. Lay out tiles section by section, making sure you are aware of how it will look in the end. Make any corrections before sticking on the mosaic pieces to make sure you know what you want.