3.14.2011

Big Back Splash!

Update: It's been over a year since we stuck up our decal backsplash. I am happy to report that we have not had one problem with the product, it looks exactly the same way it did the day we put it up. No bubbles, no rips, no spaghetti sauce- it wipes right off!

No, I am not talking about a reverse belly flop. I am referring to our new kitchen backsplash.

I hope you are sitting down reading this blog because I am about to shock your socks off...our backplash is a DECAL! No, I will not get out of town! This backsplash came in a tube compliments of my favorite decal supplier, www.dalidecals.com.

Here is the low down...

Our kitchen Saturday at 11:30AM:
We decided to take the molding off the bottom of our cabinets before cutting our vinyl decals, to create clean lines:
Molding-less:
The Work Station: Henry was the Measurer and Team Lead (I thought it would be good for his resume:) I was the Cutter and Installer. We take our roles very seriously and talk about the approach up front to minimize work place conflict.
Tools: This is it...Decal, Ruler (the Level is not really necessary because of the lines in the decal), Scissor, Dry Erase Marker (wipes right off after cutting is complete)
Cutting Around Outlets: We laid pieces over the wall and made a small cut where the outlet was and continued to make it bigger and bigger until we had it cut out. Patience is a must here. 
First Piece Done: 
At 2:30PM on Saturday (3 hours later):
After the sun went down:






We are CRAZY in LOVE with how the backsplash turned out. If you are looking for something to jazz up a space in your house, for real, consider it! 

The Stats:
- $160.00 to complete our whole space
- Free shipping
- 3 hours of quality time together
Pros:
- Easy to apply. We applied our backsplash in big sections, but I pieced a few areas together with smaller squares and it is flawless
- Spaghetti Sauce wipes right off
- Dali Decals will customize tile color for you, unbelievable 
- No plaster
- No grout
- No sticky glue
- No Professional Tiler bill
Cons:
- Can't think of any, no joke

We capital L. capital O. capital V. capital E. our new backsplash.

57 comments:

  1. Awesome look and excited to check out

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  2. I'm also excited to check this out. I've been dreaming of redoing my fireplace surround, and this may be just the thing...

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  3. I can't believe how good this looks! Amazing!

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  4. Well, if you won't "get out of town," I say "shut up! shut up!" This is amazing! I currently have "blah" tile, I'd love to give this a try. Your kitchen looks so expensive and custom, Mrs. Lovely ;).

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  5. That's so cool! It looks like real tiles. Very pretty!

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  6. Kim, "You stop it:)!" I think you will be really pleased with the product. No, I don't work for Dali Decals...do you think they are hiring;)?

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  7. You and your darn love for decal...Had me saying "NO WAY"... Now the only question is, where can we use this @ RSOP??? More than the b-ball drawer needs a crafty touch!! wink wink

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  8. Wow, that looks fantastic! I'd love to feature your project on my Feature Friday. How about emailing me if you would like to participate: rhodasouthernhospitality@yahoo.com

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  9. Wow...that is amazing. Had no clue that stuff existed.

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  10. Shut the front door!! That looks fantastic!

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  11. I second Jenna above me...wow...for real? decals??? looks awesome!

    If you have a moment tonight I'd love for you to share this with my readers: Creative Juice Thursday Party @ Momnivore's Dilemma. Party starts at 8 CST. Hope to see you there!

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  12. For reals? I didn't know there was such a thing as backsplash decals! It looks fantastic! I need to look into this.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. I'm REALLY mad, and only because we spent $300 on freakin' tile PLUS all the stuff to do it AND it's gonna take forever because we don't have a wet saw (we live in a tiny apt & don't have the room!) AND we need to do it *tonight*, so I can't return all of it and just do this instead. Mad!

    But thanks for sharing! I'll remember it for my next home :)

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  14. Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday! Hope you can make it back this week {party opens wed. night @ 8pm CST}

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  15. Love this! Wouldn't have guessed what it was! Great job!

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  16. I just ordered samples of Dali's tile... I discovered them by accident! We were looking to do subway tile in our kitchen and planed on spending around $2000 and up, it a year or so. I think I may have a new Kitchen by the end of the month now with Dali's help. When I called to order, they gave me a link to your blog to see what you guys did. I think you and your hubby are my new fav people on the planet! You guys are sooo cute! I'll be sure to pick your brain if we need any tips! Thanks! Lisa- Forest Grove, OR

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  17. Lisa, You made my day! Thanks for the kind words. It may also interest you to know that Henry grew up in Salem, OR and we met at Oregon State!
    I would be happy to give you decal tips...we for real love them! my email nikkilolson@gmail.com

    Nikki

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  18. That looks so real! Love it. I need to tell my daughter and son in law about this since she want's tile, but can't really afford it right now.

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  19. Amazing, I can't believe how it looks! Great job!

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  20. Visiting from Southern Hospitality. I love your backsplash. This is something I'd like to try in my kitchen.

    A few questions....

    Can the "tiles" be wiped with a damp cloth if needed without breaking down the tile?

    Do you need to add something to waterproof the tiles particularly around the sink to prevent water damage?

    Monique

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  21. Absolutely just what I am looking for. Your application looks terrific!!!!!

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  22. Monique,
    You do not need to apply anything to the backsplash for water proofing. I don't know what you would apply if you wanted to.

    We have not had any problems with water or steam from our tea pot. Although they are a decal they have the weight and durability of vinyl, like vinyl flooring. You can certainly wipe it off with a damp cloth.

    Perhaps over time large amounts of water would effect the backsplash, but I think it is quite durable for everyday use.

    Hope this helps,
    Nikki

    PS I am not compensated by Dali Decals, promise!

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  23. I just love this look!! You guys did a great job on your kitchen backsplash, it looks just like tile!! I just went to Dali's website and ordered a bunch of samples. I'm interested in how the matte finish would look so I ordered both matte & gloss in the color combos I liked. Tell me, is this translucent at all? Doesn't appear to be. Did you use the permanent or the removable? I'm thinking about using this in the kitchen of our beach cottage, I think it would look awesome!! Thanks so much for your well done tutorial, I believe with it as a guide I could do this!!

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  24. Hi Vintage Beachgirl,
    I used glossy, because I am a glossy girl. My mom used matte and it looks just as good. We both used permanent. We figured if we are going to spend the money and put it up then why not make the commitment. I can imagine taking actual tile off the wall would be even more of a nightmare:)The decal is thick, more like vinyl and not translucent at all. You can for sure tackle this project! Where is your beach house?

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  25. Hi there, I'm visiting from Southern Hospitality. That tile backsplash is awesome! I'm off to the decal place to look around. :)

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  26. How interesting! I had no idea there was anything like this! I've been wanting to do the SAME area in our kitchen with tile, but as you know, it's so $$$$$$. Came out great.

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  27. This is beautiful! Especially love those bright blues....you guys did great!

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  28. Great job - looks fantastic! Is this textured, or 3D, like real tile would be?

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    1. Hi, Ms. Lovely here. The back splash is not textured or 3D...but we had dinner guests that thought it was real until we spilled the beans. It looks pretty darn close to the real thing!

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  29. Well look a there! Great job and someone had a great idea to boot. I tried to tile behind my stove. the waves made me dizzy. Wish I knew about the product. I've thrown up some bead board now. hahaha Again, Great Job!!

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  30. I wondered how long the pieces were you ordered. Were shorter pieces easier to handle?

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    1. Hi Deb, the kind folks at dalidecals.com helped me with my order after I gave them measurements. We applied most of our sections in large pieces, which is a 2 person job. It was much easier to apply the decal in smaller sections and honestly you can't even tell. I saw jusr cut it up and line it up- you will love it.

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  31. Love it! Which color combination did you choose? I'm trying to decide on a color for our RV backsplash.

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    1. Hi Stephanie, The color on our walls is Manhattan on the Rocks. Dali Decals will also make custom colors for you if you would like. They are awesome.

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  32. I came over from hometalk. This is absolutely awesome!! I painted my countertops and cabinets both. I am all for affordability that looks awesome! Wonderful job. Beautiful kitchen!
    Ashleigh

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  33. I love this also, from where i am sitting IT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE GLASS TILES!! I noticed it is over the stove so heat must not be a factor. I have a mhome, with those paper thin walls over and by the stove. It does get pretty hot when cooking.
    I am also from Hometalk, I sent this to my bud, and she is seriously considering this. Her kitchen colors are almost the same as yours.
    And I love the arrangement of your stove and sink..I am forever having to turn my back to my stove...and I cant believe how many close calls and burned pots I have had recently! Who said the triangle is the best? I think stoves and sinks should be within sight of each other, so as you are preparing, you can see what you are cooking! Or is it just me?
    Anyway , love it and what a good affordable idea!

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  34. that is something i should bookmark! And looks great with your kitchen! Enjoy it! http://bisozozo.blogspot.com/

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  35. Nikki, Thank you so much for sharing this idea with all of us!!!! It looks so awesome. You and Henry did a great job. I too am looking to spruce up our kitchen with a tile, now a decal, effect but just have not decided what to do yet. Now having seen your posts and everyone's responses, I cannot wait to check out the Dali Decal website and order some samples etc. Thank you again for sharing!!!! Cathy from N. Ft. Myers, Florida

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  36. I went to the side of Dali Decals and coul not find rolls like I see here. Where do I need to go to find it? Really well done job, guys! Looks great.

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    1. Here is the link to the Mosaic Back Splashes...

      http://dalidecals.com/Modern-Mosaics-Mosaic-Tile-Wall-Decals/

      Also, if you write them and ask for help, you will certainly get it. My experience working with the staff has been wonderful!

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  37. now that it's been another year-- how's it holding up?

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  38. How did you get Dali to customize it for you? I love this and thinking of it for my kitchen.

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  39. Could this also be used as a countertop?

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    1. Probably, but make sure you use a cutting board. A knife would slice right through it. I would steer you in the direction of painting your counter top instead of covering it with a decal.

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    2. Except maybe this. I just discovered this yesterday and they are sending me some samples. I promise, I have no affiliation with them but, I'm considering giving it a go. Instant granite countertop. I never heard of such a thing before! http://www.applianceart.com/Instant_Granite_Film_s/104.htm

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  40. I was thinking about cutting this in narrow strips and using in my vinyl shower. Do you think this would hold up to the water? I think I would install it about shoulder height...

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    1. Faye, Good question. I wouldn't do it- imagine applying linoleum flooring to your shower walls. I think moisture would get underneath and make the decal pucker and peel. Our kitchen decal has held up great to the occasional splash and steam, but it is not nearly at the levels of shower moisture.

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  41. I simply love the look of the back splash. I would like to install a back splash in my kitchen However, I am not clear on the adhesive that was used. See, I live in an apartment. Getting permission to add something permanent to the walls must be approved by the property management/leasing agent. Can this vinyl be removed if I had to do so? Thank you, Lee

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    1. They have some that says removable...

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    2. I would hope that if it says removable then it should be. You should ask the folks at Dali Decal, they are super helpful, in my experience!

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    3. I would hope that if it says removable then it should be. You should ask the folks at Dali Decal, they are super helpful, in my experience!

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  42. it is very nice,but our products-self adhesive vinyl wall tiles,with PU glue ,is much better,if you are interested,contact us,we can give you a good price
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  43. This is exactly what I'm looking for. You did a great job. Thanks for the info.

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