This week to keep myself sane in lockdown, I’ve been channelling my energy into making over my new home. I’ve been here a few months now but it still feels new seen as every room is still looking like it did for the previous owner.
Thankfully she left us with a lovely blank canvas of magnolia walls and cream carpets. Totally uninspiring but a great place to start as its much easier to visualise beyond the beige than it would be if it was already painted vivid colours etc.
My ex council house
As an ex-council house, the kitchen is really small and super basic. When I moved in I treated myself a gorgeous blue fridge. I’d never really had anything other than a functional white freestanding one or a discreet intergrated under the counter fridge which you can’t get anything into.
With only myself to please I bought myself the blue fridge freezer, knowing I wanted lots of bright colours to make me smile every morning.
This week I then started the painting in the kitchen and went for “Hot As Mustard” by Frenchic.
It’s such a lovely paint to paint with and although I need to do a second coat, I was ready to get started with making over my tiles too.
I was really not keen on the pinkish hue of the tiles which were left to me and I could have painted them but I’d recently seen someone else on facebook recommend stick on tiles!
Stick on tiles
After checking that they will stick on over existing tiles, I popped to Home Bargains to ask for alllllll their tiles!
The lovely assistant in Home Bargains held back an entire box of 24 packs for me! Each pack is £3.99 and has three sheets of tiles inside.
The tile sheets
Home Bargains have a few different patterns, like colourful ones, darker ones and mosaic-style with the little square tiles. However, I really love these small white brick-style tiles.
Each sheet has six rows of tiles on them and they are easy to cut with normal kitchen scissors.
Application of the tile sheet
Start by washing down your surface with some sugar soap. You can get this from Home Bargains too.
Once your surface is free from grease, you’re ready to peel the backing film off and put into position.
If you’re covering existing tiles as I did, I recommend lining the tiles up with the top row of your existing tiles first and work your way down.
Once applied, you can pull off the top protective film. Then you’re ready for your next sheet. Just turn it upside down so it fits together straight away without you having to make any cuts yet.
Just keep going!
Don’t worry about the edges yet, just keep going to get as much surface area covered as you can.
Sockets and other awkward bits
You’ll no doubt come across some awkward areas such as sockets on your way around with the tiles. Thankfully because the tiles are so easy to cut this is really easy to manage.
Start by loosening the socket by the screws (make sure you’ve turned off the electric or switched off your switch fuse). By loosening the socket, this will create some room for you to slide your tile behind it. This makes a really nice and neat finish. If needed you can cut up individual tiles and place them one at a time to work around these spaces.
There we have it, my tiling cost a total of £47 for my entire kitchen and took me a couple of hours. Most importantly, it was incredibly satisfying to do. Playing with stickers is the best!
I’ll be adding some sealant to make the tiles last longer but the temporary nature of them makes them ideal for you if you’re in private rented or a council house where you can’t permanently change anything!