Say Goodbye To Ugly Tiles, Not Your Deposit

That’s right. You don’t have to live with those ugly tiles any more. I have found a solution, without breaking the bank. Good news if you’re a tight arse like me.

If you can’t stand the sight of the tiles in your rented home, but are unable to rip them out; or you’re a homeowner on a budget wanting to upgrade your bathroom. Or quite simply you’re indecisive, and like to change things up regularly. I have just the thing for you.

So here’s the set of horrific tiles in question in my downstairs loo. Not TOO bad, but my no means to my taste.

So in my bid to personalise my bathroom and make it more… me, I came across the idea of sticky back plastic. Aka: contact paper or vinyl.

I purchased a roll from Wilko (also available elsewhere such as B+Q) for £5, and here is how I did it:

  1. Measured up the size of each tile and added 1mm to the measurement.
  2. Cut out each tile piece.
  3. Partly peel off the paper on the back and stick the sticky back plastic to the top of the tile.
  4. Using a credit/debit card, smooth out the plastic over the rest of the tile, making sure you avoid any bubbles. Don’t worry if you do get bubbles, you can peel it off slightly or entirely and start again.
  5. If you have any excess, gently use a Stanley knife along the edges.

Top tip: use a hair dryer to make the plastic more pliable, as it makes it easier to work with.

Voila, the finished look:

Now this is a nice, easy and cheap DIY you can do in no time at all. Well… Depending on the amount of tiles you’re wanting to cover. I’m not going to dwell on the number of tiles I had to do in the kitchen…

There are so many different colours and styles of this sticky back plastic, so there is bound to be one to your taste.

If you have a go, make sure you’re following me on Instagram @budgethomeinteriordesign and you share with me using #thisbudgethome, I’d love to see your creations!

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