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Home Improvement Q: Has Anyone Used Smart Tiles - February 18, 2015, 09:26 AM

Thinking of doing some quick tile wall accenting around the house, but didn't want to go through the trouble of motaring and skim coating. Although most accent tiling and mosaics come on a pre-form, prearranged backing sheet, you still have to get the mud bucket out and trowel out.

Found this poly veneer material that simulates tile but don't know anything about it. Wondering if anyone has used it before or has feedback from contractors who have?

I plan to use it for an accent wall above the fireplace and an accent trim ring around the bathroom and kitchen.

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Wife and I did it in HD store few months back. We are planning to use it in out kitchen. Pretty simple and rather quick.


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Wife and I did it in HD store few months back. We are planning to use it in out kitchen. Pretty simple and rather quick.
Alright. Thanks for the feedback.



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February 18, 2015, 10:37 AM

We checked it out but weren't big fans, for the extra work real tiles make a lot of difference.

Ultimately, we ended up with something even easier, stick on metal tiles:



We used these for our back splash when new counters and appliances were installed, took be about an hour to do a 9ft wall.


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We checked it out but weren't big fans, for the extra work real tiles make a lot of difference.

Ultimately, we ended up with something even easier, stick on metal tiles:



We used these for our back splash when new counters and appliances were installed, took be about an hour to do a 9ft wall.
Those look like they have promise. Who are they made by?
When I began planning for the kitchen trim ring, I wanted the tile mosaic that mixed little squares of frosted glass, metal, and stone tile.



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Yea, my fear with the Smart Tiles is that they would look cheap; like vinyl stickers instead of tiles... I like those metal tiles though; Dark, any before and after pics to share?


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Yea, my fear with the Smart Tiles is that they would look cheap; like vinyl stickers instead of tiles... I like those metal tiles though; Dark, any before and after pics to share?
Admittedly up close you can see that this is not stone or glass over stone.

But the property I plan to install it in can get away with less than premium materials.

Edit: Found it. It's from a company called Aspect. $16/per 12in. sheet vs. $6/8 for the fake tile. Not a bad alternative.

Aspect Subway Matted 4 in. x 12 in. Metal Decorative Tile Backsplash in Brushed Stainless (3-Pack)-A95-50 - The Home Depot



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How do they hold up as back-splash and/or around the stove? Does it keep it's look when repeatedly cleaned?


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The smart tiles do look cheap. You can tell right away that they're bubble vinyl stickers. I think in an area that doesn't see much use, they'd probably be ok, but I wouldn't want to put them in the kitchen. Doubt the glue would hold up to well under repeated washing.

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Aspect Subway Matted 4 in. x 12 in. Metal Decorative Tile Backsplash in Brushed Stainless). I thnk the tight running bond helps disguise the peel n stick aspect.
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February 18, 2015, 12:15 PM

If it's gets you the look you want I say go for it. Once it's on if gives the desired results that's all that matters, not how hard it was.

When I re-did the kitchen of the house before moving in I used tile because I wanted a rustic feel that I couldn't obtain with what was available in the stick on stuff. If I had seen what I liked in an easier to apply form I'd have jumped on it.

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To this: (Still had track lighting to install and was waiting on a couple of back-ordered cabinet pieces when this was taken.






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