Well, I sure didn’t intend on it taking just under a year to finish our mini bathroom remodel, but I may not have come across Aspect Glass Tile had we finished last spring like originally intended. So see, there is a positive to procrastinating.
Oh, and I stretched the truth, it’s not quite “finished” just yet. I still need new faucets and crown moulding, but it’s soooo close, and I wanted to share the progress!
Here’s a Sneak Peek
What am I doing putting the cart before the horse? Odds are many of you don’t know what my bathroom looked like before. Don’t worry, the before photo is below, and I am super pumped to share all the details of this great product. And guess what…. it’s PEEL AND STICK!! I’ve become a big fan of this concept in the past year.
Aspect Backsplash-Mini Subway in Frost Glass Matted
That is the exact product name and, in case you can’t tell from the photo, it’s smaller than your standard size subway tile. Each package contains 3 tile sections (1 sq. foot) each. There are many options to choose from when picking out Aspect Peel and Stick Backsplash Tiles, see the whole selection here.
This entire project took us one weekend to complete and, truth be told, we ran into a small pickle or it could have been finished in a day.
Figured I should let you in on how it looked before. Almost everything about this bathroom was construction grade. I didn’t have a plan last spring, I just knew I wanted to update our bathroom without gutting it completely. The first thing I did was paint the trim white, and paint the cabinets a dark gray. As I always say, paint is magic!
You can find all the details including paint color in my “Bathroom Re-Fresh Part 1″ post here. New paint served a refreshing statement and held me at bay for several months. It wasn’t until I attended the Haven Blogging Conference in July that I was introduced to Aspect Peel and Stick Tiles. After visiting their booth and getting a close-up look and feel of all the different textures, I knew Aspect tiles would make a great focal point.
DIY Instructions and Tools Used
- Paint (optional)
- Aspect Peel and Stick Tile
- Glass tile cutting tool
- Remove everything from the wall, and wipe it down. Sand down any noticeable flaws that may interfere with the tile laying flat.
- Depending on the color of tile you choose, you may want to refresh the paint on the wall you will be placing the tile. If you have chosen a light colored tile like the Matted Frost I chose, I suggest painting the wall white in case settling occurs.
- Make sure you use a level to begin your first row, and practice placing the tile where you want it before you peel the backing off, because it is super sticky.*Hold the tile piece securely so it doesn’t fold in half resulting in a ruined piece.
- You will find as you move along that cutting and placing individual glass squares taken from a slab of glass tile will be needed in order to fill in gaps.
- The tricky part comes when you arrive at the place where your lights and/or shelving or art will go. We chose to cut and place individual glass squares around the area where things would hang. We nailed into the drywall and tiled around it.
Ready To Make It Over
Hands down my favorite change to this space was taking the medicine cabinet OUT! I did lose a little storage, but not enough for regret, no way! These floating shelves are from Target, and I love the size and natural stain on the wood. They fit just perfect in this space.
Another huge update was replacing the construction grade mirrors and light fixtures with stunners from Birch Lane. I knew I wanted round mirrors, and when I saw these with a wider frame I was sold.
Old Vanity Lights
Picking out new vanity lights was probably the hardest decision. Number of sockets, metal finish, pointing up or pointing down, just to name a few obstacles. Brushed nickel is the finish most commonly used throughout our home, and we just updated to that a little over a decade ago, and I still love it even though brass is back hot and heavy.
Our former vanity lights housed 3 bulbs, the new ones provide room for 4. The frosted glass globes offer a soft glow, and I adore the contemporary arm. Since beginning this post and now, I took down my Christmas, and haven’t quite mastered a fresh look, so simple it is for now 😉
I have several home decor products from Birch Lane, and I am continually impressed with their timely arrival and quality. I recommend giving Birch Lane a visit the next time you find yourself wanting to update a space whether it’s an entire room or quaint area.
As I mentioned previously, the faucets still need to be updated (like yesterday), and we are planning on adding crown moulding to finish the tile. I will be back to update you yet again :D. Maybe with the holidays behind us, we will finally have time.
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Author and Photos – Martha Knake
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