Do-it-yourselfers constantly ask the question lurks in the minds of do-it-yourselfers: How will it look? Will the project pass the eye test?
Of all the concerns, including cost and difficulty, if the result is hideous, you’ve wasted time and money. So here’s a bit of mental reassurance when it comes to peel-and-stick vinyl tiles for kitchen backsplashes. They look great. It’s a relatively inexpensive ordeal. And it’s easy.
The tiles for backsplashes, along with other applications come in a variety of patterns and shapes, so it’s a breeze to mimic glossy glass tiles or even large patterns common with porcelain or ceramic tiles.
You should get them mostly in 10-inch-by-10-inch sheets at big-box stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot and online at Amazon and Wayfair, with prices starting from about $6 to $8 per sheet. Peel-and-stick versions in stone and tile are available starting for about $14 per sheet, however these are more difficult to install because you’ll need a tile saw to cut pieces.
Kathryn Emery, a home improvement and lifestyle expert (bethebesthome.com), says the product is a dream come true for do-it-yourselfers. “It allows you to have the look of tile or wood without the mortar, grout and muscle,’.
Emery went on to say “It’s great for a kitchen or bathroom backsplash, living room fireplace, a patio tabletop, on a bedroom headboard, laundry room or staircase accents or even an entire wall,” Emery said.
Expect to pay between $100 – $150 for most vinyl backsplash projects for kitchens, not excluding a minimal number of tools, like a utility knife or sharp scissors, a cutting board and a straight edge or small carpenter’s square (about $5-$6 at hardware and big-box stores).
Many tiles are heat and moisture resistant, so they’ll stand up to the wear and tear associated with kitchens and non-water-bearing bathroom walls. You cannot line a shower in these tiles.
Here is some great news – most manufacturers have excellent support on their websites. So if a peel-and-stick project is one of your first do-it-yourself tasks, help is a click away.
Regardless of the manufacturer, installation can be a bit tricky because the adhesive is quite sticky. Once you peel and put a sheet in place, it can seem near permanent. Repositioning is not always easy. You also might need to develop a “touch” to line up sheets correctly. Many sheets have an overlap, so one-piece fits into the next and they connect. The one thing you should be on the look-out for is air pockets.
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