DIY Peel & Stick Backsplash

As I’ve mentioned before, my husband and I spent our off-season living in Wisconsin at my parent’s cabin. I love it there for a lot of reasons (if we’re friends on Instagram then you’ve seen all of my insta-stories about the cows I’m obsessed with that live in my backyard).

One of the other reasons I loved living here is that the cabin had a few rooms I wanted to spruce up some. My parents told me I could have free-regin – within a budget of course. One of those rooms I was dying to get my hands on was the kitchen. I love the white cabinets and the beautiful floors, but the mustard yellow paint that was a substitute for a backsplash was such an eyesore.

Backsplashes – or basically anything with mortar for that matter – has always scared me a little bit. Lucky for me, in the past few years, there have been some peel & stick products out on the market. I knew this would be the perfect option for me.

I hope to someday be able to conquer tile and mortar, but for right now, I knew starting with something simpler would be best. Rule #1 of DIY’ing: be honest with yourself about what you can and can’t do. There’s nothing wrong with starting out small and working your way up to harder projects.

Materials needed:

  • primer – just helps give your tile a little extra something to stick to.
  • peel & stick tiles – I used these exact tiles in frost
  • tile cutter – I used this exact one
  • caulk – I sealed off where my tiles met my counter top and at the top where my tiles met my cabinets
  • grout – you don’t truly need grout, but it’s much more forgiving to have it. – I used this kind 

Once you’ve cleaned and primed your wall, it really is just as simple as peeling the back off the tile and then sticking it on the wall. I just want to point out that the adhesive on these tiles is builder grade. That means it’s super strong. I stuck some on and then realized I didn’t place it right and literally had to pry it off the wall with a flathead screw driver. And even then it tore my wall right down to the dry wall.

If you’re looking for a more temporary tile solution (maybe you’re a renter) I would would go for some of the peel and stick products that aren’t actual tiles – something like Smart Tiles – which is made of an adhesive substrate topped with a gel component called Gel-O™ that gives them a 3-dimensional effect – would be more up your alley. They’re easy to take off and won’t damage your wall if removed.

I had a pretty large area to tile and cutting the tiles to fit around the outlets did take some extra time. I split the project up into a couple different sessions, but with a smaller space and less outlets it could easily be a simple weekend project.

As I mentioned before you wouldn’t need grout, but I choose to do it because it really makes areas that aren’t perfectly done look good. There was one spot in particular where my spacing end up being a little off. Without the grout it was pretty obvious I flubbed it a bit. Once I grouted you could barely tell.

Now lets get to the transformation!



Obviously I changed up some of the decor as well so that adds to the transformation, but overall I’m really happy with the final product! Before I felt like the yellow walls paired with the countertop were kind of competing with one another. The counter tops have so much movement and variation in them, so I chose the white backsplash to kind of mellow it all out. I love how it turned out, and think the kitchen is so cute now!

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Have you ever DIY’ed a backsplash before? Tell me how it went!


WOW – props to you! Finished effect looks really great – and you make it sound so easy! We are literally about to bring someone in to do a splashback – I started to read, inspired to potentially try a DIY job, but got to ’tile cutter’ and got scared 🙂 Well done though – if ‘d one that myself I would be patting myself on the back for years! Great job!

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