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01RedDX
Just found this cool product that saves you money over conventional tile installations. I had some granite installed, and found that my existing backsplash didn't complement it very well. I wanted to replace it with glass tiles but then I found this product and decided to give it a try before spending $$$.
They easily install over existing tiles or walls and are safe for kitchens and bathrooms, except for inside of showers or directly behind gas stoves.


This style costs $10 for 10" squares - not exactly cheap, but way cheaper and easier than actual tiles. The only tools you need are a utility knife and scissors.

My entire kitchen took maybe an hour to do:






I love the look so much that I'm trying to find other places to install them! They are sold at Home Depot. Their website is http://www.thesmarttiles.com/
davidI
Cool product and looks good!
masoncgy
^ Nice... I'll have to give those a look sometime.

I've done a backsplash using those textured 12" vinyl stick tiles before and it came out in a similar manner, of course it was put over bare drywall instead of existed tile backsplash. Turned out rather nice for the less than $20 I spent.

:thumbsup:

You should look into installing black outlets & covers to blend in better. The white on a dark backsplash really stands out a lot.
Porsche_55
Looks really good. How much was the product per SQ.FT?
jjmac
Originally posted by Porsche_55
Looks really good. How much was the product per SQ.FT?



Originally posted by 01RedDX
This style costs $10 for 10" squares - not exactly cheap, but way cheaper and easier than actual tiles. The only tools you need are a utility knife and scissors.

sputnik
Still sounds pretty pricey at $10 for a 10" square.
C_Dave45
Originally posted by sputnik
Still sounds pretty pricey at $10 for a 10" square.



Holy crap....thats almost $15 per foot!!! :eek: You can buy some awfully nice tile for that kind of money. Tumbled marble, granite, Trav, porcelain..

scortracer
Great way to dress your kitchen up if you are selling. Nice easy install
01RedDX
Thanks, and good idea on the black outlets. However, it was meant to be a quick temporary fix while I have other, higher priority projects on the go, like my basement development. I wanted to keep them up for a year or two while I do the other stuff, but I like the look so I might just keep them as long as they hold up.

Yes they are pricey, but installation requires practically nothing. Remember, the biggest cost of tiling, time-wise and dollar-wise, is installation.

Tile guys like Dave here aren't going to lose much business to stuff like this, as most people will still choose real tile, especially for new installations. But as Dave can tell you, replacing a backsplash like mine with similar looking glass tile will easily cost over $1000. This only cost $220.
davidI
I was just going to say - add in the cost of mortar, grout & tools and these tiles look cheap!
Jeremiah
Do you have any pictures of the edges?
Weapon_R
Originally posted by C_Dave45


Holy crap....thats almost $15 per foot!!! :eek: You can buy some awfully nice tile for that kind of money. Tumbled marble, granite, Trav, porcelain..



So you are offering to install granite tiles for $15/ft? Awesome, PM your #

C_Dave45
Originally posted by Weapon_R


So you are offering to install granite tiles for $15/ft? Awesome, PM your #

Read my post again. Slowly. I know you're smart...you'll figure it out. Or do you need help?

Jeremiah
Originally posted by C_Dave45


Holy crap....thats almost $15 per foot!!! :eek: You can buy some awfully nice tile for that kind of money. Tumbled marble, granite, Trav, porcelain..




Originally posted by Weapon_R


So you are offering to install granite tiles for $15/ft? Awesome, PM your #




Originally posted by C_Dave45
Read my post again. Slowly. I know you're smart...you'll figure it out. Or do you need help?



Maybe you can buy tile for that kind of money but can you easily install it yourself for the same amount of money?

Not all of us are grunts that roll around in grout for a living

flipstah
BUMP. How did these smart tiles hold up?
jsn
^^+1 Sorta curious myself. And if it's still up and not too much trouble, could you take a picture of the edges?
gamman
this thread is awesomeness.
01RedDX
Originally posted by flipstah
BUMP. How did these smart tiles hold up?



They are still going strong after 3 years, still happy with them:

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Originally posted by jsn
^^+1 Sorta curious myself. And if it's still up and not too much trouble, could you take a picture of the edges?



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The only additional thing I would recommend is to run a bead of silicone along the edge that's closest to the sink, it's the only spot where it was starting to look a little rough.

flipstah
Thanks for that.

I might opt for this route! :D
The_1
Originally posted by 01RedDX


They are still going strong after 3 years, still happy with them:

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The only additional thing I would recommend is to run a bead of silicone along the edge that's closest to the sink, it's the only spot where it was starting to look a little rough.



Thanks for the pics!
we are going to give this a try




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