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Installing Peel and Stick Glass Tiles

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How to install a peel and stick glass tile backsplash in your kitchen. 

Yes you read that right! Today I am going to show you how we installed peel and stick glass tiles. When I was in Georgia last summer I saw a demo from Aspect Tile and I could not believe that they had peel and stick glass tiles. I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do in my kitchen renovation.

Let me just remind you of how my kitchen looked before we started renovations. You can check out all the progress so far here

I still can’t believe what a difference this renovation has made. I cringe when I look at this hideous backsplash. It was almost like they used square bathroom tiles then added in this weird accent tile that did not lay flat all the tiles were at different heights. 

If you’re asking how I removed this tile you can read all about that here Now I had removed my tile before knowing I was going to be using these peel and stick tiles. Supposedly you can just tile over your existing tile backsplash. Had I known that it would have saved me a lot of time!

How to install glass peel and stick tile backsplash

The most important thing is to have a level surface to stick your tiles too. Since the sheetrock was fairly uneven and gouged we tried to replace some sheetrock and build it up with joint compound. But in the end it was actually easier to buy some masonite and put it up. This gave us the level and even surface we were looking for. 

Each tile comes almost like a sticker. You have to peel the paper backing off. These tiles are very sticky! so make sure not to flip them over on your counter after peeling them off. 

You want to be very careful and precise when adhering them to your wall. The technique that worked well for me was getting the bottom in place, almost at a 45 degree angle, then slowly lifting the tile upright towards the wall. Making sure it is tight with the tiles next to it. 

Then apply pressure to the tile. Once you do this it is very hard to reposition the tile so make sure it’s in place before applying pressure. 

glass peel and stick tiles

What I really liked about this tile was that it was fairly easy and fast to install. A great project to complete over a weekend or even a few nights after work. I picked the morning dew color because I knew I wanted my kitchen’s accent color to be teal, everything in my house seems to be kissed with a touch of teal. You can find a full kit here.

How to cut peel and stick glass tile

How to cut peel and stick glass tile

Now the instructions said we could cut the tiles with a glass scorer but we had some trouble with shattering. The easiest way we found was to tape off our cuts with painters tape and use a tile saw (wet saw). This was the most difficult part of the install but it wasn’t too bad. If you don’t have a tile saw you can usually rent them at your big box hardware store. 

peel and stick backsplash

Best part of when you get them all installed is that you don’t need to grout them… WHAT?!! yup that’s right groutless tile. Now friends have asked me if they have moved at all but the adhesive is so strong I really don’t think the tiles are going anywhere!

peel and stick glass tiles

To finish it off we added some white silicone to seal the countertop and tiles from water. You want to do this because of the sink and any spills. You don’t want any liquids getting in between the counter and tiles. 

Overall I could not be happier. And you guys get to see the first sneak peek of the full kitchen renovations above. The tiles were fairly easy to install. There are a few imperfections with gaps in the tile but honestly unless I point them out you would never be able to notice. The tile has been up for a dew months now and it cleans well and it really is stuck on there. It’s not going anywhere. 

Want to read about more peel and stick tile projects? Sharing 11 of my favorite projects including using peel and stick tile in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and around your fireplace surround. Read more here. 

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36 Comments

  1. Love the color you went with, it all looks gorgeous. Do you think it you wanted to grout in between, you could? or would that mess up the adhesive?

    1. They did recommend no grout. So I am not sure if it would effect the adhesive or not. Surprisingly I am not missing the grout at all.

        1. Those are the Rae Dunn line, love these dishes! You buy them separately, although I found a 2pack at TJ Max store. This store carries some of pieces at discount prices.

  2. I also used the Aspect tiles, but the mother of pearl ones! They look amazing, but those little gaps really bothered me so I got some ready mix white grout and went over them once just to fill in the gaps and then wiped it off and cleaned up the tile. You can’t see that they’re grouted, but the gaps are gone!

    1. We tried that and for every one you would get cut you would get 3 cracked. Tile saw was definitely the way to go!

  3. I have a question about the light switch box.. Did you have to remove the whole electrical box out to compensate for the thickness of the tile?

  4. OMG – MUST HAVE THIS KITCHEN!!!!! It is so beautiful and bright. I will definitely have this look on my home reno bucket list.

  5. It’s beautiful. Nice job! Now, I’m contemplating using this product as well. Only problem is there isn’t anyone in my area who carries this product … can you get samples of certain colors to make a decision?

  6. Would these tiles stick directly to a laminate backsplash? Or would you have to sand the laminate to create a better surface for the tiles to stick onto? Love the look of your kitchen!

  7. OMG! i have the very same type of ugly tile backsplash, where can i read about sticking these cool peel and stick tiles over them? would you happen to remember where you read that? I would like to redo my kitchen but its not in the budget right now so i am trying to find ways to live with what i have a little longer via DIY projects.. in the process of painting my cabinets and was wondering what i was going to do about those super ugly tiles thanks to you now i know 🙂

  8. How are these tiles holding up? I read a review on Amazon that said they were falling off…so curious how they are doing a couple years later. This is the coloring I want for our backsplash but my husband is suspicious of no grout!

    1. I would suggest to figure out your square footage and then how many packages you need. Also include overage.

  9. How are they holding up 3 years later? We just ordered everything we need for our kitchen reno except for wall tile. We were just going to tile over our existing tile anyways. I dismissed glass tile at first but after seeing it here, I’m tempted! Especially because we live in a 1950 bungalow and our kitchen cabinets are going to be light wood slab bottoms, with high gloss white slab uppers with no handles on the uppers. So glass tiles would go right in with that look. I wonder how hard it would be to replace broken tiles if say, the kids decided to haul off and throw something at them ..

  10. I need to put backsplash directly behind my stove and I’m wondering how these hold up with grease splatter and all the messiness of cooking!

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