How to Attach Self-Adhesive Wall Tiles

grey and white tile backsplash behind a stove
What You'll Need
Hot dipped galvanized fasteners
Joint compound
Self-adhesive tiles
Fiberglass tape
Drywall compound
Mud easel
Green board
Tiles spacers
Grout float
Tile cutter
Grout sealer

Although you may think that putting up your own self-adhesive wall tiles can be a hard process, it is actually quite easy. It can be a lengthy process because you need to take your time and if this is the first time you are doing this then you will want to be extra careful. When you are using tiles that are self adhesive for the wall, you are going to find that the process isn’t very different from the traditional method except that you need to prep the wall before you begin.

Step 1 - Level the Walls

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that your wall is level. You can do this using a carpenter’s level so you know that you are accurate. If you find that the wall is uneven, you can even it out with a thin layer of drywall compound using the trowel so it goes on evenly. You can use the mud easel to put the compound on to make it easier.

Step 2 - Prepare the Walls

backer board on a wall

If your walls are located in an area that is prone to moisture, use the green board as a barrier since it is water resistant. Attach to the wall using the galvanized fasteners. Next you will need to make sure that your walls are clean and sanded. You need a rough surface for the backing of the tile so use the sandpaper for this step.

Step 3 - Seal the Joints

You will need to use joint compound to seal the joints between the boards and then use the fiberglass tape over top. Once that is done, you can then place a thin layer of the drywall compound over the boards. If your walls are in a dry zone, you can skip this step.

Step 4 - Place the Tiles

brass sink fixtures with tile on wall behind it

Now is the time to start placing the tiles on the wall. Measure your wall first to see if you are going to need any partial tiles and if so you will want them at the foot of the wall. To cut the tile, use the tile cutter. You can then remove the backing, place the tiles across the wall and use two tile spacers so that you have expansion joints that are needed for the tiles. Start working from the bottom and work your way up. If you would like you can have a row of edging tile as a finish.

Step 5 - Remove the Spacers

Once all of the tiles are in place, you will then want to remove your tile spacers so that you can now grout the joints. Use the grout float for this. There may be some grout that is in excess on your tile and you can wipe that away using a damp sponge. If you think that your surface may be prone to getting wet, use some caulking between the tiles to protect the joints. Now you can wipe down the tile with a cloth that is lint free and then apply your grout sealant. Allow drying time and then you are good to go.