How To Apply Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Tic Tac Tiles
The kitchen remodel has officially started! As you may have read in my previous post, I found a rental-friendly peel-and-stick backsplash on Amazon that would help brighten up our dark little kitchen. I bought a classic white subway tile pattern from Tic Tac Tiles that looked relatively easy to apply after checking out some related videos on YouTube.
The space I needed to cover wasn't too large, just about an 8'x2.5' space behind my stovetop, countertop and sink area. I also didn't need to worry about wrapping corners because I was only needing a simple backsplash on one side of the kitchen.
For Textured Walls - If applying on very uneven plastered walls, which isn't recommended according to the packaging but I wanted to take my chances, you will need to prep your wall.
You will need:
Sand paper - 60 grit
A little bit of muscle
Quick Game Plan
The first thing I did was decide what side to start on. The instructions tell you to start from a corner, but I actually went in the opposite direction starting from the edge of the countertop as my vertical starting position. Don't ask me why I did this instead, I'm sure I had a reason at the time, but I can't remember and regret it nonetheless.
Key Point: Stick to the instructions and start from a corner if it's an option.
You'll need to measure the space you will be covering so you know how many sheets you will need, plus a few extra just in case. After that you will just be sticking the sheets onto your prepared walls, slightly overlapping the grout lines on each tile over the last, and only measuring and cutting when you get to areas that require it.
If you have textured walls
I had my heart set on this backsplash and although it's not recommended on textured walls I decided to take my chances. We live in a really old apartment and the walls in our place show it. The back wall that is being tiled had some small but pretty crazy looking drops of plaster that looked like they were trying to jump off the wall. There were only a few bad spots so I used some heavy grit sandpaper with an electric sander and a plaster knife to flatten and smooth out these areas so the tile sheets would lay nicely on the wall and not cause the tiles to misalign.
Cleaning your wall
Be sure to clean your wall prior to installation. If you have a glossy paint on your walls it is also recommended that you lightly sand the walls so that the tiles grip the wall better. These tiles are designed to be temporary so while they will
Laying the tile sheets
The instructions tell you to cut the jagged edges off of one side so that you can line up the tiles flush with the wall. I didn't realize that the actual sheet wasn't square but jagged on one side only. I suggest you remove the excess sticker so that you don't make the same mistake I did and cut the wrong side.
This is important because you want the working side of the tile to have the white non-tile sections so that you can overlap the tiles cleanly.
Trimming Tile Sheets
I used a piece of paper for this and lined up one corner of the paper (which I marked to avoid confusion) and penciled the spots that the tile needed to line up to and then cut the paper so I could get a good fit of the size and use it as a template for the actual tile.
You want to make sure when you measure the spot, you are taking into consideration the overlap. The bottom of the sheet is going to overlap the grout line of the lower sheet, so make sure you measure from the tile line, not the edge of the grout line (See illustration below).
We have an old quirky apartment so 90 degree angles don't really exist here, but a large 90 degree L-shaped ruler is a big help with getting correct measurements. I measured the length on both the left side and on the right side so that the tile would lay correctly.
TIP: When you measure Left (Point A) to Right (Point B), you will be drawing a line on the back of the sheet as your guide before you cut. MAKE SURE you reverse these points when drawing your line on the back (from the bottom of the sheet mark on the back side Point B to Point A) so that your sheet is cut at the proper angle.
Tip: Make sure not to throw away any excess in the case that you might be able to use them. I was able to use some of my excess sheets for smaller areas so I didn't need to waste a new sheet for.
Sealing the tile sheets
It is recommended that once all tile sheets are in place and you've smoothed them nicely against the wall, lastly you will finish/seal the perimeter as you would with an actual tile backsplash. Tic Tac Tile recommends using thin wood or stainless moldings or silicone caulking to finish the edges.
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