When it comes to home renovations, the kitchen is one of the most popular spaces to tackle. It’s also one of the most expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable ways to give your kitchen a trendy new look with this guide on how to install a kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash on a budget.
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Table of Contents
- How did I learn how to install a kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash on a budget?
- Step 1: Select your Favorite Backsplash
- Step 2: Purchase the Materials for the Kitchen Peel-and-Stick Backsplash
- Step 3: Clean the Area Where the Backsplash Will Stick
- Step 4: Prepare Your Workspace Before Adding the Kitchen Peel-and-Stick Backsplash
- Step 5: Begin to Adhere the Backsplash to Wall
- Step 6: Make Any Necessary Cuts to the Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Before Affixing
- Step 7: Smooth Out the Area After Peel-and-Stick Backsplash is Applied to Wall
- Step 8: Use Extra Adhesive if Necessary
There are several great things about installing a kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash. One of the best benefits is the fast turnaround time. It’s right there in the name – just peel and stick.
With many budget-friendly DIY kitchen backsplash options available you can get the job done fastest with the peel-and-stick way.
Installing a kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash is perfect if you are hosting a holiday party, or event at your home, moving into a new home, or listing your house for sale.
Peel-and-stick is the best choice since it’s cost-effective and can be done quickly.
How did I learn how to install a kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash on a budget?
If you’ve read the blog, you know that when my husband and I purchased our new-to-us 1960s home one of the first DIY upgrade projects was our kitchen.
After the move, money was tight, so we opted for a basic peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash from Amazon.
This easy-to-install kitchen backsplash was perfect for our budget and was such a simple project to complete.
We were able to Install this kitchen backsplash in a little under two hours.
So to install your own kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash on a budget keep reading for all the details and step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Select your Favorite Backsplash
There are a variety of looks available for a kitchen backsplash.
It’s best to look around your kitchen and draw inspiration from what is already there.
Questions to help you decide on a kitchen backsplash design:
- What color are the appliances?
- What color are the cabinets?
- What kind of cabinet pulls do you have installed?
- What material and color are your countertops?
If you still need added inspiration, head over to Pinterest for great ideas.
Step 2: Purchase the Materials for the Kitchen Peel-and-Stick Backsplash
In addition to the budget-friendly cost, another great thing about installing a kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash is that there are not a lot of added materials to purchase.
Here is a short materials list to install a kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash:
- Kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash kit
- Craft knife
- Adhesive spray
- Wallpaper Smoothing Tool Kit
After researching, we opted for Art3d 12″x12″ Peel and Stick Backsplash Tile Subway Sticker Warm White for Kitchen (10-Sheet) from Amazon.
Pro tip: As our kitchen is on the smaller side, we only needed two boxes of the backsplash. Make sure to measure your kitchen to ensure you have enough of the kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash.
Step 3: Clean the Area Where the Backsplash Will Stick
Since installing the kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash is mostly using adhesive from the sticker itself, it’s best to clean the area first.
To make sure the area was prepped, I cleaned it thoroughly with Windex.
I also love that Windex is easy-to-get and cost-effective.
Step 4: Prepare Your Workspace Before Adding the Kitchen Peel-and-Stick Backsplash
Once you have cleaned the area you will be installing the kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash too, and lay out all of your materials.
Pro tip: If you are selecting the Art3d 12″x12″ Peel and Stick Backsplash Tile Subway Sticker Warm White for Kitchen (10-Sheet) from Amazon make sure to note that there are uneven points of the tile. The straight line will be the first point of sticking.
Lay out the tile on the countertop to ensure you don’t accidentally begin with the wrong side.
Step 5: Begin to Adhere the Backsplash to Wall
Now is the fun part – beginning the tiling process. You will begin by pulling the self-adhesive from the peel-and-stick tile and properly line up the tile to the beginning of the wall.
Then, grab another tile and carefully line it up close to the first. You will then continue adding tiles until the kitchen is complete.
As I mentioned earlier, the entire process from start to finish only took under two hours. However, make sure to go slow. There were some portions of the tile that didn’t line up, and I had to go back and redo it.
Pro tip: If you are selecting the Art3d 12″x12″ Peel and Stick Backsplash Tile Subway Sticker Warm White for Kitchen (10-Sheet) from Amazon made sure you perfectly line up the uneven side to the previous tile.
It’s very easy if you are moving too quickly to not line it up, and then the rest of the project will be off-center.
The subway tile is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together – every piece must fit perfectly to the other or the entire thing is off.
Step 6: Make Any Necessary Cuts to the Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Before Affixing
Where we mostly needed cuts were around the plugs and light switches. I made some small tiles and crafted my own tile to make sure it flowed okay in this area. Use your best judgment based on your own kitchen and how many trims you will need.
Pro tip: With the Art3d 12″x12″ Peel and Stick Backsplash Tile Subway Sticker Warm White for Kitchen (10-Sheet) from Amazon I cut separate tiles and used them overtop of the other tiles to make the area flow better.
Step 7: Smooth Out the Area After Peel-and-Stick Backsplash is Applied to Wall
After you have applied the entire kitchen peel and stick backsplash, go back and firmly press on the tiles to make sure they have properly adhered to the wall.
I used the red and blue tools from the Amazon Wallpaper Smoothing Toolkit.
Pro tip: if you are using the Art3d 12″x12″ Peel and Stick Backsplash Tile Subway Sticker Warm White for Kitchen (10-Sheet) from Amazon, take extra care around the uneven portions to make sure they are sticking carefully to the previous tile.
Step 8: Use Extra Adhesive if Necessary
Although the Art3d 12″x12″ Peel and Stick Backsplash Tile Subway Sticker Warm White for Kitchen (10-Sheet) from Amazon was strong, if you selected a different peel and stick tile, you may need extra adhesive.
Reinforcing the peel-and-stick tile may or may not be needed. However, if you are anticipating lots of moisture in the kitchen, or you repositioned the tile a lot during the installation process, spray some adhesive like Gorilla Heavy Duty Spray to ensure the kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash stays firmly on the wall.
Installing a kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash on a budget was one of the easiest DIY projects we did when we purchased our home. It was quick and made such a huge impact on our home.
Are you thinking of installing a kitchen peel-and-stick backsplash at your home? What kind of kitchen backsplash is your favorite?
Let me know in the comments.