Hello again to all the handy creators everywhere!
Today I’d like to share with you a pretty fast and a pretty good-looking way of making your kitchen glow with Modern peel-and-stick Metallic Tile Back Splash, and no mess at all. And then we’ll go do it together, of course.
Most Back Splashes I’ve seen and done are made of Ceramic, Porcelain or Glass Tile, or Stone, all of which require Tile Saw, Cement and Grout, along with much time it takes to cut, set and finish, as Tile Work is the most time-consuming task there is…
So, if you don’t feel like spending like a week messing with all that Portland Cement all over the place, I have good news for you: you don’t have to! I did 2 projects so far with this Metal Tile, and all it takes is a table saw and a pencil. And 1 day.
Selling for $16/SF, it is not a very expensive product, if compared to what it’s gonna cost you should you choose to go with tile, glass or stone and everything else you’d need to complete the entire project, but in my honest opinion- it made these 2 kitchens look quite expensive, original and pretty cool. You be the judge, though.
This particular product is thin Aluminum, about 1mm thick, on a foam backing and peel-and-stick adhesive. Overall product thickness is 3/16″, measuring 3″ x 6″. Comes with 2 patterns: Long and Short grains. By alternating these 2 patterns, you will achieve this “checker board” awesome look.
Since these tiles are Foam-backed, if installed tightly against each other, they will not allow water to go into the seams, so all it takes to seal this system is a Clear Silicone Line at the very bottom row, where Backsplash hits the Countertop. I also did all the outside edges to make it look more finished.
All the edge profiles in this particular Brand are rolled below the surface, which makes it easy to clean by wiping with paper towels or rags, and they won’t get caught in the corners, which is what you’ll get by going with totally flat products.
Do make sure you remove all the blobs and high spots off your wall by scraping with a putty knife or a scraper. If you have big low spots, do consider filling them all or the worst ones at least, with joint compound or another appropriate filler. The End-Result actually depends on the condition of the substrate you’re installing it on, so do take some time here and prep right, so you get the job done right, and actually faster.
Since this product is made from Aluminum, which conducts Electricity, it may be wise to turn off power supply to the outlets and switches you’re working around. I just wore heavy duty rubberized gloves and was careful & aware around Electric Boxes, but do consider flipping the Breakers off, if possible, before you begin.
Well, I think that’s that to it, so if you’re ready, let’s quit with all the chatter so I can show you how YouDoIt!
Tools you need: Table Saw, Square, Pencil.
Supplies you need: Metal Tile, Caulking.
P.S. You can substitute table saw with jigsaw if you’re on the budget or doing just a small project. Or go completely old-school and use a hand-saw and a good ‘ol hammer! You Do It!
These gloves you should get for this job. Or for any job, really.
This is my favorite table saw and it is a cool $100 less than at homedepo!
This is the best deal I’ve found. Lowe’s has it on Special Order 2 week time…
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