Add New Visual Appeal To Your Bathroom With Peel-And-Stick Tiles

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When you wish to transform the look of your bathroom, hiring a bathroom remodeling contractor and providing him or her with some of your ideas can be the first step toward improving the look of the space. However, if you just want to make a smaller change that will only take part of a day, one project that you can often handle on your own is applying peel-and-stick backsplash tiles. Instead of going through the fuss of placing actual tiles and dealing with grout, you can use the peel-and-stick alternative — they're essentially large sheets of three-dimensional stickers that look like tiles. A common place to put them is behind your sink; for a larger remodel, consider having a plumber install a new sink fixture before you install the tiles. Here are some steps to take to do the job correctly.

Choose Your Tiles

Peel-and-stick tiles are commonly available at your local home building supply store, and come in a variety of patterns. You shouldn't have any trouble picking colors that complement the look of your bathroom. There are many different options to consider; some have small, square tiles and others have a combination of square and rectangular tiles that can be a little more visually appealing. Measure the space you wish to cover to get an area, in inches, and check the square foot coverage of the tiles on the package so that you'll know how many packages to buy. Keep in mind that there will be a bit of waste.

Plan Out The Job

As their name indicates, peel-and-stick piles have a sticky back side that affixes directly to the wall. Before you begin peeling off the backing, however, it's smart to hold the different tile sheets up to the wall to gauge how they will look. If you're working with 12-inch tile sheets and are covering an area that is 36 inches wide, you'll be able to use three sheets. If the math doesn't work out this easily, you'll need to cut some of the tile sheets to fit. Using a utility knife and a metal straight-edge tool, such as a T-square, will get the job done correctly.

Place The Tiles

Once you've spent enough time planning out the job that you're confident about how to proceed, it's simply a matter of peeling off the backing of each of the sheets, carefully positioning them on the wall and then pressing them into place. You can use a small handheld roller — or even the rolling pin from your kitchen — to ensure a smooth, uniform fit.

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