How to Apply Kitchen Tile Decals

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Whether you are moving into a previously owned home or you are simply tired of the same old tile in your kitchen and looking for something new, a remodel isn’t always the best solution. Sometimes a quick fix, such as decals, is all it takes to spruce up the tile to look like something completely new. The best part about decals is that you can opt to use removable stickers so if you change your mind a few years later, or simply want something different in their place, you can easily peel them off.

Things You'll Need

  • Household cleaner
  • Sponge
  • Towel
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Clean the surface of the tile completely so that your decals will stick to its surface. Use a household tile cleaner with a sponge to scrub the surface clean, then rinse. Dry the area thoroughly with a towel.

  • Lay out your decals. Use the combination of a pencil, ruler and tape measure to center your layout in the middle of individual tiles, or center decals over numerous tiles if you are working with larger decals or small-bodied mosaic tiles. Mark lines to help guide your decal placement.

  • Dry-lay decals on the wall before setting them. Use your pencil lines to guide the placement and double-check to ensure that you are installing the decal where you want it to be located. Make any final adjustments to your layout lines, as needed.

  • Peel the backing off the decal and gently apply it to the tile. Work slowly from one end to the other to avoid trapping air bubbles behind the decal's surface. Work your way across each decal individually to ensure it is properly adhered and lies flat against the tile surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • For best results, work your way from the bottom up when adhering decals, as the unstuck portion will rest over your hand or hands and your fingers can gently walk the decal up the wall, smoothing it onto the tile surface as you go to avoid air bubbles.

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