Adventures with Peel & Stick Subway Tile!

Adventures in stick on subway tile via A Beautiful MessHey, guys! I am so incredibly excited about today’s post. As you know I have a major affinity for subway tile. We used it quite a bit in our home remodel. But the installation is both expensive and messy! So in an effort to save some money (and also just try something new!), we decided to use stick on subway tile in our laundry room for the walls surrounding the washer, dryer and sink.

I spent quite a bit of time searching for the perfect tile design. You can find them all over from the big box stores to smaller companies, but ultimately I chose these tiles from Amazon.

My new-ish project assistant, Collin, installed the tiles. So I’m going to hand it over to him to share some tips on installation! He’s been working with me for several months (behind-the-scenes on a big 10-room magazine shoot we just did!), and now he’s going to help more with DIYs. I never have enough hours in the week to try all the ideas I want to try! Anyway! I’m going to hand it over to him to share the secrets to a really nice installation for your stick on tiles.

Faux tile 1Cutting: Using a ruler, X-Acto knife and cutting mat, measure your cutting points and score over and over until you cut through the tile. This material is pretty rubbery, so be sure to hold it down/straight while cutting.

Faux tile 2Faux tile 2Faux tile 2Sticking: When sticking, start from the top, peel down about an inch and line it up, and then continue pulling and sticking slowly. If you pull the entire backing off and try to stick it on all at once, it’s easy to mess up the alignment. So take it slow.

Caulking: I added some white silicone-base waterproof caulk around the sink to make sure it was completely waterproof. You might not need this step if your area won’t get wet, although it does make the edges look nicer!

Warning: It is very sticky! Once it is stuck, it IS STUCK. It will literally rip off your drywall if you try to remove it. For this reason, we wouldn’t classify this project under “renter friendly” unless your landlord is OK with you adding these permanent stick on tiles, of course!

Faux tile 5Measuring to order the correct amount: This tile is a little annoying because each piece is less than a square foot. We ended up having to order more halfway through! Be sure to check the exact measurement of whatever tile you choose and measure your wall to determine the correct amount.

Adventures in stick on subway tile via A Beautiful Mess (back to Elsie now…) I’m really excited about how this came out. It looks GORGEOUS. So fresh and clean, and the tiles really feel like they will functionally be JUST as good as real tile. It is extremely durable and easy to clean.

Adventures in stick on subway tile via A Beautiful Mess Oh! And I know you’re probably curious about cost! These tiles cost us about $600 for the two large walls we wanted to cover (it would  be much cheaper if you just did a backsplash). That means that the price was about half of what it would have been to buy the cheapest subway tile and get it installed professionally. So a pretty good way to save a few bucks.

After doing this, I would definitely recommend it and do it again, especially for a lower priority room like a laundry room or a bathroom. If you had to prioritize real tile in only one room, I would personally choose the kitchen 100% of the time.

Alrighty! I know you probably want to see pulled-back photos, and I promise they are coming soon! We’re polishing up details, and this laundry room will be our next room tour VERY SOON. So excited. On a personal note – it makes such a HUGE difference to love your laundry room. I’m really happy we knocked it out now instead of waiting 2-3 years like we easily could have. xx -Elsie

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson and Collin DuPree. 

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  • I have a question, will these stick to wallpaper? And what about the corners.

  • I’m so glad I found this! We’re converting a van into a campervan and since tiles weigh so much, we were looking at peel and stick tiles. I absolutely love subway tiles too, so we’re definitely looking at something like this! I’m so glad they were pretty simple to put up!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Curious on how it worked in your RV reno…. I am considering the same !

  • So cool! I cannot wait for the other photos. Thinking about doing this for our laundry/basement entry space.

  • Wow, how cool! Although, I’m not sure I have enough patience to do the job myself. But the results are gorgeous! There’s something about subway tile that’s pretty cool and clean. Exactly what I like!

  • It MIGHT come off. I would test an area first. I cannot emphasize how sticky this stuff is. It literally ripped a chunk out of our wall!
    xx- Elsie

  • I’ve used these in my kitchen and they look so great. They have actual texture which really helps prevent them from looking too fake.

    I will comment on the renter friendly point though – if you are covering up existing tile, it will come off as opposed to applying it to drywall. I think these are so great for renters like myself who are stuck with an outdated tile job in their kitchen or bathroom!

  • Oh, this turned out awesome! Can’t wait to see the whole room reveal! 🙂

  • I love this and am seriously considering it for my laundry room! How many square feet did you tile?

  • i can’t wait to see the whole room! i’ve been going back & forth on whether or not i should buy these exact tiles for our mini-kitchen reno on a tight budget. now i really want to pull the trigger!

    thank you for sharing!

  • I love this! We are working on renovating the kitchen, but on a tight budget. This might be the perfect way to save money on tile so we can get new cabinets instead of painting the old ones!

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

    Laura
    http://laurelandfern.com/

  • So glad for your review of these tiles! I will be installing this kind of tile in my own laundry room and am glad that it’s actually durable, pretty, easy to install and so affordable!

  • It’s coming! I’m putting finishing touches on the room tour now!
    xx- Elsie

  • I’d love to see a wider shot of the whole room, to see the full effect.

  • We have had something similar in our kitchen for going on three years now and it’s been going strong. We have people comment all the time how nice it looks and can’t believe it’s “fake”. I admit I am a pretty impatient girl and we didn’t have the time nor money to take on a big tile project so this was a perfect choice for us…done in an afternoon for a fraction of the cost. And yours looks lovely as well!!

  • That looks really good! Great job 😀

    /J
    www.instagram.com/books_boegerpaastribe

  • I’ve always seen this peel and stick tile and wondered about it, so thank you very much for sharing your experiences. I have a tile backsplash in my kitchen that I hate and my short term solution was to actually use vinyl to add a geometric design. It does make it more interesting! It might also be a good solution for people who have tile already but want a bit of an upgrade….all for less than $20! http://www.snugglebuguniversity.com/2015/09/the-day-i-covered-my-house-in-vinyl.html

  • I cannot believe they stick so well! I was always curious about them, but somehow cannot trust the glue they come with.

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