Using self-stick flooring is actually a simple and inexpensive way to tile your walls in places like the bathroom or to use as a backsplash above the counter in the kitchen. Flooring tile adhesive is strong and will hold well to just about any clean surface. Self-stick tile comes in all types of styles and colors matching just about any decor. This is a quick way to tile your walls when necessary.
Things You'll Need
- Warm water
- All-purpose cleaner
- Utility knife
- Straight edge
- Rolling pin
Spray the area to be tiled with the all-purpose cleaner and use the sponge with warm water to scrub away all dirt, grime and dust. Rinse the sponge and repeat until the wall is as clean as possible. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Create a template of the area you wish to tile, using newspaper and tape. Mark on the template places where wall outlets or switches are located if necessary. Skip this step if the area is without obstacles.
Lay the template on the floor and determine how you will lay your tile. Lay the tile right on the template and decide what piece will go where.
Remove the switch plates and outlet covers from the area to be tiled, if necessary. Use the screwdriver to unscrew the screws holding them in place. Set these aside.
Cut your self-stick tiles where necessary, using the utility knife and the straight edge. Hold the straight edge in place and run the utility knife across the line. Do not cut all the way through the tile, as it is thin and will just snap when bent afterward. This will make it easier and you will not have to worry about your cutting surface.
Place the tiles on the wall. Start with the largest area to be tiled; this way, you will use full pieces at first. Peel the paper off the back of the self-stick vinyl tile and press the tile to the wall. Use a level to ensure the tile is straight. Press firmly once you know the tile is where you want it. Continue with the rest of the tiles, pressing each in place firmly, making sure each tile is right up against the one next to it. It is not necessary to level every tile, as long as each tile is set right up against the previous one.
Roll the area with a rolling pin once all self-stick vinyl tiles have been placed on the wall. Press firmly when rolling the area; this will help the self-stick adhesive stick to the wall.
Replace the switch plates and outlet covers, screwing them back in place with the screwdriver.
Tips & Warnings
- It is always best to have at least a few extra self-stick vinyl tiles on hand in case a mistake is made when cutting, or if a tile was placed improperly and must be removed. The extra pieces are also good to hold onto in case something is damaged and a tile must be replaced.
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