14 of the Best Peel-and-Stick Makeovers We’ve Ever Seen

published Oct 11, 2021
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Before: white sunroom with tan tile floors and two wood rocking chairs

It’s no secret that home renos can be both pricey and time-consuming — not to mention limited if you’re renting. That’s where peel-and-stick products come in. The sticky stuff is cost-effective, removable, and fairly easy to install, so it’s no surprise it’s beloved by many DIYers. 

And while the term “peel-and-stick” may bring wallpaper to mind, nowadays there’s a plethora of adhesive options on the market, including tiles, wood planks, and flooring.

For some inspiration, take a look at 14 of the most impressive before and afters achieved with peel-and-stick products. Each of these makeovers used adhesive elements to add some pizzazz to a wall, upgrade countertops, give bathrooms a pop of color, or achieve something equally transformative. After scrolling through, we won’t be surprised if you want to stick it to your next home project.

1. A Powder Room Upgrade with a Soft Touch, Courtesy of Wildflower Wallpaper

For this upscale powder room redo, Erin Haugerud and her husband, Mitch, decided to revamp their plain gray walls with two-thirds paneling and one-third wallpaper. The denim blue wildflower pattern of this peel-and-stick balances out the moody gray below. 

2. A Dresser That’s Now High-Contrast, with the Help of Stikwood

Lindsey DIY-ed this dresser to match the rest of her modern farmhouse bedroom with just a coat of black paint and Stikwood. To achieve the look, she cut the adhesive wood planks down to the size of the drawers with a table saw, peeled off the backing, and pressed them right on. 

3. A Budget Kitchen Face-Lift Starring Vinyl Stickers and Contact Paper

To elevate her kitchen, Chelsey Brown created the look of marble countertops with contact paper and a herringbone backsplash using vinyl stickers. Implementing those two elements helped keep this entire makeover to $150. 

4. Cabinets That Received a Kid-Friendly Jolt of Grasscloth Texture

When her DIY living room cabinet needed a little more oomph, Momina Zahid cut out rounded half-arches of grasscloth peel-and-stick wallpaper to apply to the doors. “This look gives a burlap feel from afar, and you really can’t tell that it’s wallpaper unless you come very close to the console,” Momina told Apartment Therapy. “I also know that my kids would have not spared actual burlap or cane no matter how taut it would be.”

5. A Black-and-White Kitchen Update That Got Some Warmth from Peel-and-Stick Flooring

Black countertops, a Sharpie-drawn backsplash, and new hardware helped give this once-dated kitchen a refresh. The damaged peel-and-stick flooring from the ’80s was also replaced with wood-looking tiles, adding warmth and texture to the space. 

6. An IKEA Dresser’s $40 Botanical Upgrade

Claire Armstrong’s makeover of an IKEA HEMNES that her neighbor was throwing out proves peel-and-stick wallpaper isn’t just for walls. With a coat of dark blue chalk paint and some tropical peel-and-stick, the furniture piece was good as new — plus, Claire had plenty of wallpaper left over for future projects. 

7. A Rental Kitchen Revamp with a Polished Peel-and-Stick Backsplash

In revitalizing this space for his dad, Kevin O’Gara went with renter-friendly stick-on subway tiles to make the room a tinge moodier and work off of its punchy orange sink. 

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8. A Fireplace ‘Tile’ Job That Went from “Pukey” to Pretty

In just eight hours, Jessica Greenhalgh transformed her “pukey”-colored fireplace into a sleek living room feature with peel-and-stick tiles. To make the all-white a little more interesting, she placed tiles on the surround in a herringbone pattern and staggered the ones on the front hearth subway-style. 

9. A Grown-Up Kitchen Filled with Contact Paper and a Peel-and-Stick Backsplash

Erica Massey’s visiting professor position provided her with low-cost housing, albeit in a dorm. To give her kitchen a rental-friendly, modern upgrade that also cost less than $200, she took full advantage of contact paper, applying concrete-looking contact paper to the floor, black wood contact paper to the cabinets, and wood contact paper to the counter. And to fully rid the space of its dorm-y look, she created a backsplash out of peel-and-stick tile. 

10. A Zesty Berlin Guest Bath with a Variety of Peel-and-Stick Tiles

With just six hours and $400, Daniele Federico Melilli gave her guest bath a clever refresh using two different PVC tile covers and PVC foil.

11. A Charming Sunroom Lit Up by Carpet Tiles

Before this bright DIY makeover, Mary Vincunas said this space was the “exact opposite of how a sunroom should feel.” One element contributing to the dreariness? A beige tile floor. Once she had painted the walls a warm apricot, she injected some fun into the flooring by arranging black and white peel-and-stick carpet tiles in a checkerboard pattern. 

12. Dated Closet Doors Transformed by Peel-and-Stick Floor Tiles

Megann Gresham gave the mirrored closet doors in her daughter’s bedroom a face-lift by applying white peel-and-stick floor tiles to cover the glass. The color matches the surrounding walls and provides a neutral backdrop so other elements in the room can shine. 

13. A Rental Bathroom That Went from Lackluster to Lush, Thanks to Tile Stickers

Before its makeover, this bathroom featured drab brown tiles that gave the room a bottom-heavy feel. By replacing those with green peel-and-stick tiles, removing the shutters, and hanging plants and art, its resident made the space feel a whole lot lighter. 

14. A Black-and-Honey Kitchen Brightened by Stickers

Would you believe this kitchen makeover cost less than $200? Abbey lit up the space by swapping its honey-and-black color combination for pink, celadon, white, and gold. The one-weekend revamp included a stainless steel sticker for the black dishwasher and a white peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash.