Before & After: Easy tile makeover

I’m about to let you in on a little secret. My backsplash in my kitchen? Well, I’ve changed it just a bit, but not by redoing the tile. You see, I have a love/hate relationship with tile. I love new tile, but when it goes out of style, then what? It’s a pain to redo, right? Even more, what about those projects where there are just a few tiles that need to be redone, such as an accent tile that has gone out of style or the colors have changed? That was my situation. My secret? I came up with an easy makeover project for the accent tiles in my kitchen, which can be completed in minutes and looks great!

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • vinyl squares in the size of your tile (for my project, I used 4-inch squares)
  • scissors
  • transfer tool

To cover the green accent tiles, I chose vinyl squares in metallic silver and bronze. These can be found over on my website at, and range in size from 1-21″ and are available in a wide variety of colors, or you can use a personal vinyl cutter. Cut the excess paper around the squares to closely resemble the tile you want to cover. Make sure you leave a little tab of extra paper so it’s easy to peel off.

Peel off the transfer paper (the white paper with the grid on the back) and line it up with the tile you are covering. Once it’s lined up exactly where you want it, use a transfer tool and rub it to adhere to the surface.

transferring vinyl

Then, simply peel off the top transfer paper and smooth the vinyl with your hand.

peel off transfer paper

smooth vinyl

If you have a rough surface like mine, you can use a damp cloth to make sure the vinyl gets into the crevices. (I would not recommend this project for a surface that gets wet day after day, such as a shower, as I think mold would grow behind the vinyl.) But it works perfect for an accent job in the kitchen!

Each tile took me less than 5 minutes. Super easy! Take a look at the final result!

accent tile after

Happy decorating!

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1 Comment on Before & After: Easy tile makeover

  1. Veronika
    June 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm (3 years ago)

    What a useful trick! Thanks, for sharing, Julee 🙂 Veronika @ Tickled Pink Confetti


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