Faux Stainless Steel Backsplash in 30 minutes!

The big project I did this past year was converting an 11’ x 11’ oversized guest bathroom into a smaller bathroom and a third floor laundry room.  I can’t tell you how completely heavenly having the laundry facilities on the third floor has been.  It was about 95% done but I felt like it wasn’t quite completely finished.  I wanted to add some sort of backsplash and color above the sink area.  I was considering stainless steel tiles when I was in Jo-Ann one day and noticed a new product called Peel & Impress Adhesive Tiles.  They didn’t have a huge selection but they did carry a stainless looking subway pattern that I thought would be perfect to pick up on the silver knobs and accents I already had in place.

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I will say for this project this product was perfect.  I don’t know if I would consider it for a large area simply because you have to be able to place them perfectly straight.  I would think adjusting one tile would be easier than trying to get an 11.25” x 10” sticky piece lined up perfectly.  However the install of this might push me over the edge to do it in a kitchen or bath simply because there is no saw, dust or grout required.  I literally had this project done in 30 minutes.

Supplies:

Tape measure

Peel & Impressive Adhesive Tiles

Straight Edge (I used a quilting ruler)

Utility Knife

Level

Optional: Self healing mat 

brayer

Collage

1.  Start by measuring your area.  Mine was 46” wide x 23” tall so I needed 3 packages of tiles for this project.

2.  Next using a straight edge and a utility knife straighten up your first piece.

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3.  Next peel the backing off and adhere to the wall.

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4.  Continue peeling and sticking until you get to the edge of your wall making sure to run a level along the top of it to make sure it is straight. Also measure twice and cut your tiles once.  It cuts very easily with a new utility knife blade.  Also another HUGE BENEFIT to these tiles is if your walls aren’t perfectly straight (which mine weren’t) it is really easy to cut the tiles on a little bit of an angle to get the wall edge cut perfect.  To do that with regular tiles takes a lot more finessing.

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5.  Once the tiles are in place you can use a brayer to roll the tiles in place to get a nice seal.

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6.  Once you are done caulk all the edges.  I like using a caulk that goes on white and dries clear so you can see that you sealed it well.

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7.  I hung a sign up just with nails.  You can literally nail and screw right into these tiles.  Again another huge benefit!

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Doesn’t it look like real stainless steel tiles?

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I added a sign to bring the aqua color to that side of the room to pick up on the other accents I had in the space.  I will show you how I did that tomorrow.

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To see more of my laundry room projects click on the image below to be taken directly to the post:

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