The newly painted wall behind the cooktop began showing streaks that were somewhat puzzling. Finally I determined they were caused by moisture that escaped the vent fan and sat on the wall. That told me the surface needed to be protected.
I liked the idea of tile which I could do myself except for the fact that proper tools were lacking at the little house. Efforts to find a tile layer proved fruitless as the job was small and it seems everyone is busy. What to do?
A trip to Lowe’s where I found an adhesive material that looked pretty much like tile seemed an acceptable solution. The real plus was that installing it seemed to require a minimum of skill. While that was somewhat true, there proved to be some challenges.
Tools were not a problem. While an x-acto knife would have been best, scissors worked fine for cutting though the adhesive did leave a residue. The spoon came in handy for flattening edges and corners.
I won’t go into all the details for installing, but should you ever decide to use this product, precise measurements are a must. Also, one should be aware that it sticks, I mean really sticks, as soon as it touches a surface. That means there are no second chances because if it is pulled from the wall to make a modification, the paint comes with it and there is slight sheetrock damage. How do I know? Yep, I tried to straighten a piece and found out in a hurry that it had to be right the first time!
When all was said and done more hours later than I’d anticipated, I was pleased with the result. The last piece to go on is slightly crooked, but hidden by the coffee maker no one has to know it isn’t perfect!
For sure, when the tea kettle spits out its steam it won’t matter if the wall behind gets a little damp!