Introduction: On a Budget - Refurbish Wall Tiles

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I recently had to rent a "new" flat. The kitchens' wall tiles were somehow too awesome for me. As I had limited budget to renovate the entire hut, my choice came to... tadaaa: gaffer tape.

All you need is 10 meters of tape per square meter of wall to decorate. I needed slightly more than 2 roles à 50 meters. But I must mention that I had some meters to test.

Step 1: The Blank Wall

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I decided to make some effort, so I removed the power outlet enclosures.

I really don't like the color of the tiles...

Step 2: What You Need:

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Gaffer tape in the colors of your choice (and availability). I had black and silver.
Calculate your need - remember that you need 10 m per sq.m wall (assuming that the tape is 5 cm wide).
As mentioned I used 2 roles à 50 m. Look out and you will get it for 10€ per role.

A cutter knife might be helpful.

At certain points a plastic (!) spatula helps.

Step 3: Stick the Tape

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Step 4: ...and Let It Slightly Overlap.

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Step 5: Give a Frame to the Power Plugs

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Step 6: Use the Spatula...

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Step 7: the Wall Corner

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Step 8: The First Wall Is Ready...

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Approx. 1 or 1,5 hours of work

Step 9: Mission Accomplished!

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Go slow but straight and finish the thing. It took me about 3 or 4 hours of work distributed over two weekends :-P

Step 10: ​​Furniture Completes the Room!

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Thank you and good-bye!


smallcarterwang (author)2016-09-25

I recommend self-adhesive wall tiles to refurbish tedious white wall tiles, easy to DIY, save time and money.

ana.gavanescu (author)2015-08-31

How does it hold over time, with the heat, humidity and dust?

benkramsky (author)ana.gavanescu2015-08-31

I lived in that flat for a year and the wall was still ok after that time. The tape sticks really good - so no worries about temperature and dust. Clean the wall well before you start, so that it's adhesive enough.
Take care about mechanical influences like scratching along the wall...

_Radium_ (author)2015-06-24

looks neat

nic nak (author)2014-05-30

I felt dubious at the start. but the finish looks awesome!

pablo de paris (author)2014-05-29

This is genious. Well done

Thank you :-D

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