Tile Talk: Unveiling the Magic

Laura Wilson
by Laura Wilson

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I've got to spill the beans on something that recently made my heart do a happy dance. So, let's rewind a bit – I've been totally hooked on this amazingly creative designer named Shelby. She runs this fantastic YouTube channel and IG account called Pretty in the Pines, where she documents all the jaw-dropping updates to her NYC apartment. Seriously, it's a DIY dream come true.

Now, like many of those charming NYC apartments, Shelby's got this itty-bitty kitchen. But let me tell you, she waved her magic wand and turned it into the most enchanting little cooking space ever. Not stopping there, she even transformed a tiny area outside her kitchen into what I call an "extension of her kitchen." It's like her fridge found its own cozy nook with an extra countertop to boot.

Image: prettyinthepines.com

Now, here's where the plot thickens – no drama, just pure brilliance. Picture this: peel and stick tiles on poster board. Yes, you read that right! Shelby unveiled this genius renter-friendly backsplash solution that left me absolutely smitten. It's not just practical; it's downright beautiful.

But wait, it's not just about being renter-friendly (although that's a major win). What's got me giddy is the realization that I've stumbled upon a ridiculously easy way to add tiles to ANY spot I fancy. Kitchen? Check. Bathroom? You got it. Even the laundry room or that bland wall that desperately needs a makeover – consider it done!

Just look at it 😍

The backsplash BEFORE via @prettyinthepines
And AFTER via @prettyinthepines

@prettyinthepines via The Home Depot

She also used it for this faux fireplace:

@prettyinthepines via The Home Depot

What she used:

Xpress Mosaix Peel 'N Stick Daphne White Polished

Just look at all these gorgeous options:

The Home Depot

Xpress Mosaix Peel 'N Stick Frost White 12 in. x 12 in. Marble Herringbone Mosaic Tile

The Home Depot

Xpress Mosaix Peel 'N Stick Carrara White Beveled 14 in. x 12 in. Marble Brick Joint Mosaic Tile

And there you have it. I just had to share my excitement. I hope this post inspires you to make your own space beautiful!

Check out Pretty in the Pines full apartment tour below. It's worth it.

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  • Anny Anny on Jan 14, 2024
    Some have mentioned posterboard may not be water safe. You could apply to coroplast which is waterproof and also structurally more substantial (comes in various thicknesses) and very economical.
  • Rose Bigham Rose Bigham on Jan 14, 2024
    I bought peel-n-stick tile at Dollar Tree and stuck it right on the ugly old tiles. My Landlord loves it! He said I must leave them up if I move.