Whoop, whoop, I am excited to reveal my new kitchen DIY backsplash and the process getting there. I received a new tile adhesive product to try out from Saint-Gobain Weber called RENOVATE, available at Builders Warehouse and some other tile retailers. It was also essential to have an almost black grout from them to complete the look I wanted to achieve with the backsplash.

Renovate Tile adhesive by Saint-Gobain Weber

About RENOVATE tile adhesive

Saint-Gobain Weber is a well known brand when it comes to tiling products, so I was keen to try it out. RENOVATE literally takes the hassle out of renovating and has some really awesome attributes:

  1. This adhesive allows renovators to tile directly onto existing substrates without priming or chipping of the existing tiles. I was totally chuffed to hear this as I had it up to my ears in dust for a few weeks already.
  2. This product is also waterproof and is available in both grey and white to match with tiles. I never knew this, but using a dark tile adhesive on light tiles, especially ceramic tiles can lead to discoloration over time, so we made use of the white adhesive for the white tiles.
  3. In addition to two points mentioned above the product only needs 6 hours to dry completely. This means less down time, if you work fast you can have a room tiled and ready for use in less than a day. It is the perfect solution for companies or shop fronts that are planning renovations. If you have small kids this is also a great option.

TIP: When making use of this adhesive try to not mix the whole bag unless you have more hands to do the tiling because of the quick drying characteristics. This product works like magic.

Vinyl Sticker DIY backsplash

How to create the DIY backsplash

I specifically chose a 150x150mm white square tile and tiled them in a grid-like style so that it would allow me to create this backsplash behind the stove of 900mm. (See my favourite tiling styles). The spacers used were 1mm ones with a dark charcoal grout also from Saint Gobain Weber.

Vinyl DIY backsplash in Progress
Vinyl DIY backsplash in Progress

I designed a vinyl pattern and cut it from a black vinyl sticker available from my online store. These can easily be applied to any square tiles and can just as easily be removed, but unfortuanately not re-used. Vinyl is a great, non permanent, decor solution. It can easily be wiped with a damp cloth and updated when needed.

Vinyl DIY backsplash in Progress
Vinyl DIY backsplash in Progress
Vinyl DIY backsplash in Progress

I would LOVE to hear what you think of the end result!

Vinyl Sticker DIY backsplash
Vinyl Sticker DIY backsplash
Vinyl Sticker DIY backsplash

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post according to my disclaimers and disclosures, but as always my honest opinion.

Thank you to Carike Ridout Photography for the images.

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