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When looking for ideas on how to transform my small laundry room, I couldn’t help but be amused by the range of sizes that can be perceived as “small”. In comparison we’ll call my laundry room “mini”. It’s just wide enough to fit the washer and dryer.
So yeah, it’s a mini.
Minis are cute when they’re trinkets or books or babies but not so cute when it’s a laundry room. Because I just looked at my laundry room as strictly a utilitarian space, it’s one of the only rooms in the house that has gotten absolutely zero love (as demonstrated in exhibit 1 below).
I wanted to update my mini space to make it modern with some trend elements and to feel like I’m getting a welcome home hug when I walk in the door. I’m pretty amazed how easy it was to create such a dramatic transformation in my laundry room by adding a peel and stick tile backsplash using Smart Tiles.
Yep, you heard (read) me right. This is peel and stick tile.
I was equally amazed by how easy it was to install. I never would have thought of an entire wall backsplash being a project I could knock out in a couple of hours but that’s what it took.
I chose the Smart Tiles in Metro Grigio because hi, have we ever met? I’m all things grey obsessed if you didn’t already know. The peel and stick tile looks like grey subway tile with a light grey grout.
Smart Tiles have all of the dimension, reflection and gloss of real glass tiles. Everyone who I have shown the laundry room to has been incredulous that the backsplash is peel and stick tile. And that’s been a lot of people. Possibly to the point of obnoxious but hey, I never thought I would be excited to show off my laundry room so there’s no shame.
Do you have an area that you would like to add a backsplash? Because Smart Tiles are resistant to heat and humidity, they would be perfect for kitchen and bathroom backsplashes too. Seriously, don’t be scared. I’ve never attempted anything like this before and it couldn’t have been easier. Here’s how to do it.
How to Install Peel & Stick Backsplash
Before you begin, ensure that the area that you will be tiling is completely smooth and free of dust and dirt. Wipe down the wall with TSP or similar to ensure it is free of any grease, food, etc. Allow to dry.
Using a cutting mat and a metal ruler (preferably that has grip on the back), remove the protruding tiles on the left with a utility knife to make a create a straight edge on the tile. Use a cutting mat with measurements to ensure that your cuts are all 90º.
Start in a left corner. Line the tile up to the corner where you will begin to get the best measurement. Draw a line with a pencil along the top of the tile, continuing to move the tile along the entire wall/surface and marking as you go. Use a level to make sure markings are level all the way across.
Peel the lining of the tile back about an inch on the straight edge side and stick it on to the wall at the corner. Peel the remaining lining back with one hand and smooth it on to the wall with the other hand.
You can see on the right side of the tile where to overlap the next one. Peel back the lining and repeat step 3. Use your finger to press and seal the overlapping seams. Repeat this process along the entire wall and start again with step 1 for each remaining row of tile.
When you need to tile around something like a power outlet or switch, hold the tile over the area you need to cut around, mark it and cut with a utility knife.
And that’s a wrap. So easy, right?!
Not only is my mini laundry room beautiful now, it is highly functional and has cleared up some space in the laundry room closet which had eventually become the “junk closet” (the junk drawer got promoted).
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