I decided to upgrade my kids’ builder grade bathroom with peel and stick tile. Best decision ever. I’m so happy with how this project turned out. This is a budget friendly way to upgrade your space. Follow along for my step-by-step tutorial.
- Liquid nails
- Caulk Gun
- Painter’s Tape
- Tile Spacers 1/16 inch
First Step-Remove mirror and backsplash
First, I removed the mirror and backsplash. I put the painter’s tape crisscross on the mirror before removing it. It was just held on by a few screws and some glue on the wall. It came off pretty easily. It’s just an awkward size to work with and a little heavy so you can grab a helper if you need.
To take the backsplash off, I just scored the caulking with a razorblade and used a prybar to get it off.
Second Step-Attach the tile
The peel and stick tile wasn’t sticking very well by itself so I decided to use liquid nails. To cut the tiles, I just scored and snapped them using a razorblade and a straight edge. I used tile spacers to help space them evenly. To hold them on the wall while the glue dried, I used painter’s tape. After they all dried, I took off all the painter’s tape.
After the painter’s tape was removed, I grouted. I like to buy the premade grout. It’s less mess, perfectly mixed, and easier to work with. Add the grout using a grout float and then wipe it off with a sponge. I like to do small sections at a time so the grout doesn’t dry too fast. It’s easier to wipe off the excess grout when it’s wet! Grouting it really helps it to look more like real tile.
Fourth Step-Install a trim piece
Ceilings and walls are never straight. It’s just a fact of life. I had a gap on the left side of my wall where the tile didn’t meet with the ceiling. To solve this little problem, I just got a piece of trim, painted it, and installed it. I used wood glue and my nailer to install. Now, it looks nice and clean along the top of my tile!
Fifth Step-Change the light fixture
I switched out the light fixture for a more modern looking one. I love the contrast of the gold with the dark tile. I’m working on a blogpost about how to swap out light fixtures but you can always go to my Instagram and look on my highlight bubble under “How To”.
Sixth Step-Add shelves
I added some floating shelves to the wall. These definitely add more character to this room and it helps to have a space to add some decoration or storage. The shelves weren’t too hard to install. Because it was peel and stick tile, I was able to easily drill through the tile to hang them.
Seventh Step-Switch out the faucet
I switched out this faucet. It’s actually pretty easy to do yourself. Most of the faucets come with installation instructions but I have some videos here showing how I did this.
- Turn off the water. It should just be a quarter turn on the valves under your sink. When the valve is perpendicular to the water line, it should be off. You can test it by turning the handles on your faucet and see if any water comes out.
- Detach the water lines from the old faucet.
- Remove the old faucet. You may have silicone or caulking around the edge of the old faucet. You will need to score that with a razorblade first to get the faucet off.
- Attach the water lines for the new faucet, hot to hot and cold to cold.
- Turn on the water and check under the sink for any leaks. If it does leak, chances are that you didn’t tighten the water lines good enough and just need to tighten them a little bit more
The last step was to add the finishing touches. I added this beautiful gold mirror. I love how it matches the light fixture and stands out against the black! Then I added some cute decor and baskets around the bathroom.
I love how it all turned out. It looks so much better than it did before. It has been years now and it still is holding up perfectly!