On a Budget - Refurbish Wall Tiles

Introduction: On a Budget - Refurbish Wall Tiles

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

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:

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

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

Step 5: Give a Frame to the Power Plugs

Step 6: Use the Spatula...

Step 7: ...in the Wall Corner

Step 8: The First Wall Is Ready...

Approx. 1 or 1,5 hours of work

Step 9: Mission Accomplished!

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!

Thank you and good-bye!

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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I recommend self-adhesive wall tiles to refurbish tedious white wall tiles, easy to DIY, save time and money. https://plus.google.com/u/0/105725137431303430768


    4 years ago

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


    Reply 4 years ago

    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...

    nic nak
    nic nak

    6 years ago

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

    pablo de paris
    pablo de paris

    6 years ago

    This is genious. Well done