Tile can transform a space. If you don’t believe me, check out my kitchen update… or see what happened in the rv. You may recall what it used to look like before, and then we added shiplap. Now we have the kitchen AND bedroom. Bedroom?! Seriously, it’s impressive… we’ll get there, I promise.
First thing I did was take down that sad excuse for a backsplash over the stove in the kitchen. The adhesive residue it left behind wasn’t so bad. I just used a metal putty knife to scrape as much as I could off the wall to leave a flat surface. The color was still there, but when I ran my fingers over it, I didn’t feel any difference in the surface so that was flat enough.
I knew with all the lightness we were trying to bring into the space white glass was going to be the answer. RVs need everything on a much smaller scale that everywhere else so I reached out to Aspect tiles for their Mini Subway Glass Tiles in Frost. They are the perfect size for a small space like this. Because RVs bump as they go down the road, I wasn’t sure the sticky back on the tiles would be enough adhesive so instead of priming and tiling, I decided to use construction adhesive as a bit of extra insurance.
Usually I start my tiling in the middle of the wall so the focal point is right. However, this middle was just at the window and it was just easier to start at the back corner. I lined it up using the counter as my “level” because as I stated before, NOTHING in an rv is generally level, plumb, flush, or square. Before I started I had cut some half tiles to fill in my gaps so it was easy to just add them as I went along since at the start, they were all the same.
I went all the way across the bottom row as far up as I could without fancy cutting then straight up over the stove.
The first section went along pretty quickly since it was just wide open space… then the window got involved. Years ago I had taken a stained glass class and all those tools have come in handy a few times.
I don’t have a picture of it, but one of the neatest tools I have is a glass grinder. (This is the exact one I have from Amazon- affiliate link) It was super helpful when working on the curves of the window. I would get close, and then use the grinder to fine tune the tiles to fit the curves. It took a little extra time, but was worth it.
Honestly this product is just so easy to use, ANYONE can do it and look like a pro.
Painting the cabinets white brought a lot of light into the space.. but the tile took that up a few more notches and WOW!
Oh yea… you see that little one that’s missing up at the top? It was missing for quite a while. We forgot to put it in and then dragging everything out for one little tile seemed excessive.. so on the last day I finally took care of it…. Sigh… ADD. (I promise it’s there in the final shots I will show you in a few days)
Then we moved into the bedroom… bet you didn’t know you could up your game with tile there, did you? Here is what we started with…. painted walls and little else.
Aspect has several different kinds of tile. One of them is this fabulous stone… YES stone. It’s a neat process.
They pour a resin onto a large quarried stone and after it cures, they peel the resin back to reveal the natural colors and textures of the stone. Then thin slabs of stone are then cut and arranged on pressure sensitive adhesive backers then cut to the tile dimensions. It’s so thin you can use tin snips to cut it. It makes a stunning statement and is even easier to use than the glass. This space went up super quick since it was just one big rectangle.
One we got this far, she kind of decided it wasn’t enough. When the bed are there, her thought was it wouldn’t be very visible… she had a point, so we ordered a few more tiles and kept going.
Much more impressive, don’t you think? Those cut edges weren’t perfect and I love a finished look so I grabbed my Ryobi Air Strike brad nailer (probably my favorite tool) and attached some trim.
There were a few spots where the tip of the nailer wouldn’t reach because of the angle so construction adhesive and tape to the rescue!
We taped all the way across the top to hold it in place while the adhesive dried. That piece was pvc and we didn’t want to put holes in it.
Makes a much bigger statement now, doesn’t it?
What do you think- Are you up for a tiling project yet? You can find all kinds of pictures and inspiration at Aspectideas.com too if you’re still on the fence.
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(In the past Ryobi has given me tools in exchange for sharing with you and some I have purchased on my own- I do love them that much. Aspect Tiles has provided product for this post in exchange for me sharing it with you. All opinions are my own and always will be. Some of the links I posted are affiliate links- which means I get a small commission from your purchase to keep my blog running- You don’t pay more for your product.)