This project began with an email offer I initially I suspected was spam. Because it’s not every day I receive an email with an offer for 30 square feet of peel & stick tiles. Um, yes and clear the calendar because mom has a project! The easiest part was I already had the “where” to install the tiled panels. I just needed to learn the “how” part of how to install peel & stick tiles.
Let’s back up a few months. Last year we took down the dated, stock cabinets in our basement bar and replaced with shelves made from select pine boards (stained). The same type of shelves we installed here and here.
But, when we removed the cabinets we had a blank wall in need of a heavy dose of texture. One of us (husband) freaked out, but I had a plan.
I wanted to create a chalkboard wall to transform our 2002 basement bar into more of a hipster bar with a side of a vibe. You know like most 2002 basements. I had visions of swirly fonts with chalkboard markers. I have a thing for chalkboards; like this one. And, this post explains the reason behind my chalkboard obsession.
An MDF board from Home Depot was the easiest and cheapest way to create a (smooth-ish surface) chalkboard for my wine and whiskey bar. The reality is it would be more like a club soda and wine bar.
The only problem was the MDF board didn’t give me a sleek backdrop for fun fonts. The surface was more scratchy than smooth; just like my handwriting.
Oh, and the other thing we learned was an all matte black chalk paint piece of plywood added very little to the bar. It was kind of like a one-dimensional backdrop. Which I never realized until I got that email I mentioned earlier.
Yep, an email that didn’t require me to provide my social security number or bank login credentials.
I received an email from Aspect Ideas this fall and I could not reply to the email inquiry for product fast enough. I just knew the Aspect Peel & Stick stone in Charcoal Slate would look amazing in our basement bar.
When the box arrived the only thing I was worried about was if there were enough peel & stick tile panels to cover the approximate 6×5 foot wall behind the bar. A quick non-math more visual calculation gave me hope the enthusiasm to get started on the bar makeover. The directions were in the product’s name; peel & stick tiles.
The supply list included:
- permanent marker
I started at the bottom of the wall (the height of the counter) and in the corner behind the kitchen sink. My thought was if I screwed up the corner it would not be as noticeable. The project was moving right along until I got to the outlets and the shelf hardware. I freaked a bit thinking this was where my project would go sideways.
I removed the shelves’ brackets and outlet covers and used the stone tile scraps to fill in around the outlets and hardware. It went much smoother than I anticipated. Translation: I did not screw it up.
I had a little bit of wiggle room with the straight line cuts because the hardware flange and outlet covers covered the cut edges of the stone tile.
I used a level with each panel and the black plywood made any tiny gaps blend into the wall. The stone tiles include shades of graphite and grays and speckled patterns. They all added texture and depth to the bar.
I love, love, love the finished look. I completed this project the weekend before Thanksgiving. It took about two hours to finish this project. The added bonus was there was no cleanup, grout or glue.
PEEL & STICK DETAILS
The Aspect Peel & Stick tile products are available in stone, metal and glass in a subway and matted styles. Wood styles will be available the first of the year. You can find lots of inspiration at their e-commerce site, DIY Decor Store.
On the fence? You can request a sample here.
Disclosure: I received free product in exchange for creating a review and sharing photos of the project. All opinions are my own.