penny tile cabinet backs

18 July 2011

I came across this penny tile over a year ago, and fell in love. I was actually thinking of using it for my entire backsplash in my kitchen, but after talking it over with some wise women I decided to just stick with classic white that would allow me to change my mind about color combos in 7 months or 7 years.

So, instead….I decided to tile the back of one of my kitchen cabinets.

I was inspired by this kitchen from Tom Scheerer in House Beautiful that I featured in a Caught My Eye last year.

I wanted something easy and removable in case it turned into a total disaster and a guy at the home store said this stuff should do the trick. It’s called Bondera~basically you just cut it with scissors, peel off the back,

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put the sticky side against the wall,

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peel off the film to reveal more stickiness

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put your sheets of tile (cut them with scissors to the right size around the penny tiles) up onto the sticky mesh side (it totally holds it by itself)

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I was actually pretty impressed and no, I don’t have any kind of deal with this company, but it’s the fastest tile job I’ve ever done. Let it sit 24 hours, and then you can grout. Now, it is kind of pricey~around $40 a roll (this project took 1 roll exactly) I think? BUT I have seen similar products coming out so prices should actually come down on these…

I almost like it better without the grout!

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I’m going back and forth between an open cabinet or glass doors (just on this one middle cabinet)…any  opinions?

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So thrilled that I got my penny tile! White subway tile on the main backsplash is coming…



  1. I love this. I am totally looking around my house now wondering what I can cover in penny tile. The Bondera also looks heavenly opposed to tile mastic. Thanks for the tip. As for the glass front our open cabinet...can you share a full room shot? Would be better to see it in the context of the whole kitchen. Kind of leaning towards open to let that tile shine!

  2. Awesome - I've never seen penny tile before - so majorly cool! And <3 the color too! TFS :)

  3. Love it! Looks so great!

  4. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I totally have a project to try this on now! :)

  5. Leslie Lauren1/8/14, 7:56 AM

    Love it!  And I like the open cabinet, no doors. 

  6. Linda Leyble/The Colorful Bee1/8/14, 1:31 PM

    That's really a wonderful idea - you may even get me to tile after seeing this!  And I have a project coming up that I "was" going to hire someone for!  Thanks for this great prpject!


  7. Love this look!  It would look great behind the open shelves I dream about...

  8. The tiles in the cabinet look fab!  Super creative!  Wouldn't have thought of that one!  But maybe now I'll have to try it!

  9. This looks great. I have a buffet and hutch plus a corner cabinet in my dining room that need a little pick-me up and I was thinking fabric to line the back, but this looks amazing. I might just have to reconsider. Thanks for the great idea!

  10. Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys1/8/14, 6:01 PM

    Gorgeous! You have to let us know how it holds up. It looks great.

  11. ThisPlateisFull.blogspot1/8/14, 6:01 PM

    wow ..that product seems amazing!! 
    If you work more with it please - tell tell tell.
    I say live without the cabinet door for a while ..if it seems to bother you - then go for the glass door - oh, stick a light in thier too - just to jazz it up!!

    Love all you do!!! & your blog.

  12. Somethingbeautiful20111/8/14, 6:02 PM

    SOOOO cool!!  I love penny tile and never thought of it as a cabinet backsplash!!!

  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE!  I love the look of an open cabinet, and with such beautiful backing why not?!

  14. I can't believe you were able to do that yourself

  15. That looks great!!

  16. I love that tile. Great find!

  17. VERY Cool.  Nicely done, and that Bondino product is in "the vault" for any number of future uses :)  $40 isn't pricey if you compare it to how EASY it will be to remove later by you or a future owner, etc.   BTW, what is the intended use for Bondino?  I can't imagine people put tiles on their floors with it, in a temporary way.....?

  18. I kept a page from a magazine on that Bondera.  Can't even wait to see the subway tile, thats what I want too!

  19. you just inspired my pantry makeover! thank you :)

  20. Darling!  I love the Penny tile!  I has that great vintage feel while still coming across as crisp and modern!   I'll be tackling my kitchen at some point so I'm pinning this for future reference!  THANKS!


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