Fasade backsplash panels in Muted Gold. Photo: ACP
Because of budget and time constraints, I didn't have a backsplash installed during my 2005 kitchen renovation. Of course, backsplashes are recommended to protect the wall from water damage. So I got creative with an IKEA noticeboard
– a stopgap solution that's worked well up until now.
I'm now more than ready for a permanent fix, and I may have found the perfect DIY replacement: adhesive tiles. Specifically, I find myself enamored with Fasade Decorative Thermostatic Panels
and Aspect Peel-and-Stick Metal Tiles
, both by Acoustic Ceiling Products (ACP).
Aspect peel-and-stick backsplash tiles in Champagne. Photo: Aspect
While conventional tile and stainless steel backsplashes are typically time-consuming and costly to install, these adhesives give you the look of a much pricier product in a DIY-friendly and budget-pleasing package. Cool concept, right?
Fasade panels are made of thermoplastic
, a material made of polymer resins that soften when heated and harden when cooled -- a condition which it a very easy material to recycle. Just like regular backsplash materials, Fasade is water-resistant and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Fasade tiles come in a variety of colors and embossed designs, many of which echo the look of decorative antique tin tiles.
But unlike real tin, Fasade is corrosion-resistant and designed for quick and easy installation: the panels can be cut to size with snips
, scissors or a utility knife
. They attach to the wall with polyurethane construction-strength adhesive
or high-bond double-sided adhesive tape
. Translation: no power tools or grout required!
The Fasade product line also offers lengths of trim for finishing off corners and edges. Visit ACP's website to check out the full range of design options
and to order free samples
, or purchase Fasade backsplash tiles at The Home Depot
Aspect tiles, shown here in Copper, offer easy peel-and-stick installation. Photo: ACP
Aspect tiles, in contrast, come in more contemporary-style finishes
than Fasade, such as faux brushed copper and faux brushed stainless. ACP says Aspect tiles are made from 60% recycled material. Plus, they're potentially even easier to install than Fasade because the tiles are peel-and-stick. I say "potentially easier-to-install" because painted walls do need a coat of primer first.
Get creative with your backsplash tile pattern. Photo: Aspect
Aspect's online installation instructions
even offer six potential tile patterns (above) to inspire your creativity.
Both Fasade and Aspect are very cost-effective for the average DIYer. While you can now buy authentic backsplash materials in easy-install adhesive form, it'll cost you much bigger bucks. For example, Armstrong's adhesive stainless steel backsplash panels at Lowe's
are priced at a little less than $85 for an 18 ½ x 48 ½ inch panel.
In comparison, Fasade and Aspect work out to be less than half the price. For instance, The Home Depot is currently selling Fasade's 18 x 24 inch panels at $17.95 each
, while Lowe's is offering Aspect's 8-packs of 3x6 inch tiles for $21.42
If your heart is set on the real thing, you may have no problem whatsoever parting with extra cash for genuine stainless steel or tile. But for those on a tight budget who are looking for a DIY-friendly alternative, Fasade and Aspect are definitely worth a look!
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