How to Apply Peel-and-Stick Vinyl Tiles to Bathroom Walls

Tiles on a bathroom wall surrounding a tub.
  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 35-70
What You'll Need
Peel-and-stick tile
Straight edge
Tape measure
Putty knife

Peel-and-stick vinyl tiles can be applied to the floor or the wall to create a unique look and are generally inexpensive. If you are planning on attaching them to the bathroom wall, you need to understand the basic process involved so that you can avoid any problems along the way. Here are the basics of how to install peel-and-stick vinyl tiles on bathroom walls and breathe fresh life into your bathroom.

Step 1 - Prepare the Wall

When you are going to install peel-and-stick vinyl tiles to a bathroom wall, you need to make sure that it is fully prepared. In order to do this, you need to have the wall clean and completely smooth. If there are holes or imperfections in the wall, you will need to make sure that they are smooth before you continue. If you see any holes in the wall, you should fill them with putty. Smooth out the putty with a putty knife and make sure that it is all even.

After filling the holes with putty, you need to clean the wall also. There should be no dirt or dust on the surface of the wall. You need to use a rag and a cleaning solution to thoroughly clean the wall. After you do this, allow the wall to dry so that you can start installing the tile.

Step 2 - Center the Wall

Tiles on a bathroom wall.

Before you start installing the tile, you should determine where the center of the wall is. In order to do this, you need to use a tape measure. Measure the center point from each direction of the wall and make a mark it with a pencil. This will give you a good place to start from. When you start in the center of the wall, it will not create an uneven look and the small pieces of tile will go around the outside edge of the wall.

Step 3 - Install Tile

At this point, you are ready to start installing the vinyl tiles on the bathroom wall. This type of tile will have a piece of paper on the back of it to protect the adhesive. Start by peeling off this paper to expose the adhesive. When you do this, you want to make sure not to touch the back of the tile to anything so that nothing else sticks to the adhesive. Take the first tile and press it onto the wall in the area where you made your marks. Press it firmly up against the wall and make sure that you hold it for a few seconds to allow the adhesive to stick to the wall. Then take another tile and peel off the paper. Then place the tile directly up against the first tile. Continue doing this until you get to the edge of the wall.

Step 4 - Cut Tile

When you get to the edge of the wall, you need to cut the tile to fit. Use a straight edge and a utility knife to make the cuts that you need. Then place the cut piece in the opening.

Voila. By following these easy installation steps you have a bathroom that looks brand new at a very low cost.