The kitchen was ok. Only okay. It really is demonstrably a lot better than a ton of various other rentals nowadays, however it had nothing at all unique to offer. A beigey color laminate countertop, white cupboards with brushed nickel equipment, white devices and a tile-looking plastic floor. Not awful by any requirements, but being stung by the decor in your home bug, Sarah had been irritation to complete something to it. And truthfully, the one and only thing she could really think of performing to spruce it was a backsplash.
Traditional tile had been from the image for just two big factors: spending plan, and, it's a rental of course! Sarah wasn't quite yes what direction to go, therefore she left it within my fingers to determine and I (not having a location of my personal to enhance) had been more than up when it comes to challenge!
Wanting to remain spending plan and rental friendly lead us toward stick on tiles we could create a mosaic with. We tested some online resources and found this UK company which seemingly have an extremely great item (since 2007 there has to be a multitude of other companies that induce anything comparable).
The situation with this specific option was that Sarah did not want to be investing several hundred dollars on a kitchen she might simply be set for a few months, and she did not wish begin sticking tiles to your wall surface of a rental for anxiety about completely ruining walls that did not fit in with the girl.
We began exploring plastic peel and stick flooring tiles to be used on a backsplash and also found two places in which it absolutely was done (HGTV has actually a couple of articles about it) and figured we may as well give it a try. We really did not have much to get rid of.
THE TILE: We headed to the Residence Depot and opted two remarkably good stone-finish vinyl tiles. One in a rustic brown, one other in greyish beige. The colours worked together, and best of all of the, tied up in both the kitchen floors as well as the counters. While I'm about whites, ocean blues and greys, Sarah is certainly a lot more of a beige and brown girl. She liked the colours, nevertheless if you decide to recreate the task, your colour choices are pretty endless.
We purchased 24 tiles as a whole, 12 of each color, with all the intent to cut the into 4-inch squares. They cost about 1.50/ sq foot. We rented a vinyl tile cutter and got right to run much time of accurate tile cutting. I'm certain you could try this with an exacto blade, but trust me, it is beneficial to rent a vinyl tile cutter!
After taping up a few of our cut tile squares with scotch-tape generate a mock mosaic of just how it would look, Sarah and I decided that the 4-inch squares we had cut only did not work. Two inches would-have-been definitely better. Back once again to the cutter we went along to create some 2-inch samples.
The 2-inch mosaic mock-up looked much better than the 4-inch, but there is something lacking. We recognized this right away but after placing such work into creating this two-tone work of art, Sarah was only thrilled to settle using what was already done. I happened to ben't ready to cave in just yet, so I forced us (and our bloody, blistered, ravaged hands) in order to make one last day at the shop.
We lucked out and discovered also less expensive vinyl tile (60 dollars each) in a glossy-black finish. Total contrast from matte faux-stone, but we figured with these types of the lowest cost, might as well get some and discover just how it seemed. The glossy black balanced out of the earthiness of the various other tile rather well. We only purchased 6 associated with black tiles because we don't want the black to take-over the kitchen.