How I Updated My Backsplash with Smart Tiles

[Music] hey everybody its Ashley for my she's playing life and today's room tip is how I updated my backsplash with smart tiles so I've been walking along my little kitchen renovation projects that I've undertook this past summer of how I got new bamboo floors and my last post and how I updated my kitchen cabinets to pay them from dark to light and the next step I'm going to tell you about is how I updated my backsplash and my backsplash before was white which I thought would look kind of okay with my new white cabinets but once I painted those cabinets why I could see how off-white my title was probably because it's so old it's been there for you know since the 70s in my house was built and also I really hadn't seen me in on how texture the tiles where you can see they're kind of some beveled look going on like Pebble II which I was really not feeling at that point in the project so and on top of that they were just like a single squares that we're all in like a grid which is just not cool right now everything got the cool subway style look or something modern more modern than that so I was looking to find something that would be in my budget it's already got some kind of bigger projects that I hadn't pay for had to pay for and also something that was sort of eco-friendly and so what I found was a product called smart tiles which are basically kind of like tile like stickers that you're going to put over your existing tile and then they just create you're back in your backsplash um and all of this you can do without having to demo your tile purchase more tile and attempt to title your backsplash which I'm pretty sure is not in my skill set whatsoever um so I reached out to the smart tiles company to see if they let me try the product which they did or my kitchen and the product that I end up using was called Metro Blanco is this white kind of larger subway style tile and so as you can see you're on their website this is clearly not the only child they have they have tons of varieties it seems like every time I check back there have new styles and different ones but you can get smaller tiles you could get larger ones the sky's kind of the limit with what you want to choose to update your your back /so some benefits of the smart tiles is that they are they're very lightweight they're easy to cut and clean and put onto the wall another benefit is that they are resistant to the heat of stove tops or bathrooms they have plenty of sticky on the back so you do not have to add in the additional clue or adhesive of any kind and they can also be removed if needed so if this is if you decide later on you don't want them you just peel them up so for my specific project I first was able to figure first had to figure out how much coverage I needed of my backsplash so mine ended up being about 20 square feet total and with that I needed to order about 40 sheets the titles all come in different sheets as you can see here and I needed about 40 to complete my project the price of my specific tile style was about $7.99 per sheet so doing the math on that that's about $320 so from there what's my tiles arrived smart tiles arrived I gathered the rest of the supplies that I needed which was very simple and I just needed a rotary mat to do my cutting on to not cutting at my table or countertop I also needed a box cutter and a ruler or some kind of a sewing ruler also could work and also a pen something to mark your measurements on your tiles so after watching several of the videos on their website and YouTube YouTube channel and instructions I got to work starting the project and they lay it out it's fairly simple the steps so the first step is to just clean the surface you're going to be putting a smart tiles on you want to use something that will get the grease off of the wall so I used this project product called a crud cutter and it's kind of more of an eco-friendly solution that's able to get the grease off the wall so I clean those there and then from there you want to remove all the outlet covers and light light switch covers as well so that those aren't getting in a way during the project after that it's time to start the installation and they always have you start in the corners so taking the smart tiled sheet that I had that it was kind of a as you can see mine it kind of sticks out of the edges it's not a perfect square type shape basically just cut down one straight line of the tiles to make it just an even straight edge and that's what you're going to line up against the corner one thing you want to be careful of is to make sure and install your smart house so that one of so that the grout lines are lined up correctly you don't want it to just touch the other pieces of the smart house you want it to overlap the previous smart towel so you have to just be careful with what side you're putting out for sandwich side is going to be going overlapping so basically when I started my smart house project I was super excited that I could handle it but once I got into it I knew it was I'm a little bit more of a perfectionist with these small minor measuring details and it's just not quite my thing I kind of stressed out about making sure it lined up and everything's perfect and I discovered that when I was putting it over my existing tile it was kind of messing with me my tile could have not maybe benched under percent straight when it was originally installed so I had the lines of that and then I was trying to get to line up in the corner like it looked so easy in the video but because my tile was sticking out a little further than a traditional just normal wall it was throwing me off completely my pieces felt like they were angled and it really was just kind of this the struggle of putting him against existing tile so that gave me a little frustration with the project that made it a little harder to me than I thought it would be but that is when I called my husband and to help he does Heating and Cooling for a living and he measures out material and install stuff work into new houses and so measuring and cutting his sort of his thing gets it every day and he has no qualms about measure cut and put it up and walk away whereas I would just like check double check check double check and then find the cut so so having him come and help me was a huge lifesaver in this project what are those little different for us was that we had to cover a windowsill so we learned a trick from the smart tiles people after I emailed them that for those corner pieces we're going to take the piece and turn it vertical as opposed to being horizontal so that it can just go up the sides so as you can see here we're putting the horizontal piece going up the side so that it goes around the corner nice and easy and what I have to worry about popping off from there we treated that basically like it was a corner and cut that piece to be straight so that it was just lying right now with the vertical pieces of smart tiles and then just went around from there the next step is to continue out against along the wall along the backsplash area and whenever you run into outlets or other areas that you need to cut out you will try your piece on that spot and then go ahead and measure out and mark what needs to be trimmed off of the smart tiles you can always trim those to fit the area you need and then cut that and then adhere the smart house piece into that area kind of once we got into the groove of working on the project I sort of took on the smaller pieces and bring in took on the harder areas we're going to cut out around the outlets and do the tricky things no I was grateful for his help but I still was helping out for me the area I was working on with the little tops piece that was above the smart house but below our cabinets is is tiny little maybe one and one inch or so strip that I had to cut in it varied based on how the tile was and so I worked on that will be kind of worked on the bigger sections and then from there we also worked on adding more of the titles to our windowsill area and for those smaller pieces a tip that I used was to go ahead and use some of the scrap pieces for that so if you have areas that are smaller that need to be covered feel free to use some of your old pieces that you maybe have already had to cut so that you could save the tiles and from there we finished up by adding the tiles do this last wall on the side and from there the next step was to do some of the caulking around the corners increases so the corner here and we did some coffee and going down the side we also did some caulking in the windowsill there so that you couldn't see the smart tile connecting to the old tile so after that the project was pretty much done I really enjoyed the way that it looks it's so much nicer and brighter and modern compared to the existing tile and I loved that I didn't have to rip out the old tile from my backsplash and then deal with all that plus the cost but it wasn't an easy road I mean this project to me was probably one of the hardest I did for my kitchen this summer it was a lot of trial and error and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be but for the easy factor compared to total replace I have to say it was well worth it so here's more the finished look of the tile and one other benefit love about it is that it's so much easier to clean as opposed to getting into all the old stone kind of grout lines of my previous style this one is breeze to clean so much easier so I love that aspect as well so if you've ever tried smart tiles you can tell us about it below or if you have any questions about my project you could check the description box I've got links to all the supplies and equipment I need I used and that you might need if you try this as well you can also ask your questions in the comments below so thank you guys for watching and I'll see you next time next free tip bye [Music]
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