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2/09/2015

Bleucoin Tile Decal Backsplash


I am so excited to finally be sharing this post with ya'll!  Those of you who read this post may already know that I recently discovered Etsy's best kept secret- Bleucoin Tile Decals.  When first looking at the pictures of them I thought "These look way too good to be true, I have to try them!".  So I hit up Bleucoin and asked them if they would be interested in sending me some of their tile decals to try in my kitchen and review on my blog for all of you. They said they would love to and now here I am, showing you my mini bohemian re-do of my once unbearably awful rental kitchen!

My horrendous rental kitchen has been a thorn in my side for going on 2 years now.  To give you some background- it is a tiny galley kitchen with lower ceilings than the rest of the house {whyyyy?} The only natural light is from a window on the far side of an adjoining "breakfast nook" room.  When we first moved in, it was painted flat, chocolate brown {whyyyy?}.  It resembled a dark, dirty cave.
Ew.  To make matters worse, the counter tops are a most awful shade of blue.  Luckily the floor tile and cupboards are passable enough that I can work with them.

I repainted the walls a clean fresh white immediately {luckily the landlord allowed that}. Then I had my husband build a shelf under the cupboards to display pretty things and add storage.  Since then, I have been sort of stuck as to what to do next design wise.  It needed character, but it had to be something that I can remove when we move out.  I wasn't all that into spending a huge amount of time or money on a place that's not ours either.  I toyed with the idea of textured/patterned paper on the wall, removing cabinet doors etc. but nothing seemed quite right.  Plus I had the problem of the hideous blue counter tops to deal with.  My poor little kitchen was so ugly I considered not even showing you the before picture.  But...the transformation after the wall/tile decals are up is just too good not to show it.  So here is my dark dreary rental kitchen Before~


And here it is After! Quite a transformation non?

The counter tops are still awful, I know.  Believe me it still pains me just a bit to show them {and the yucky sink hardware too}.  To be honest though, I know I'm not the only one out there dealing with some kind of terrible kitchen situation.  Especially renters.  I really wanted ya'll to see the real deal so you can imagine just how much of a difference these tile decals can make.  I mean I would buy these things a hundred times over, they are that awesome.  My counter tops don't even bother me all that much any more.  A miracle happened here ya'll and I owe it all to some removable Turkish tile decals from Bleucoin.


Before putting them up, I was a bit worried that all of that pattern in such a small space might look too busy and make the space appear even smaller than it already did.  Weirdly the pattern on the tiles creates a sense of depth and makes the kitchen seem wider.  Bonus!
Because I didn't have actual tiles on my wall to begin with,  I spaced the decals to give the appearance of white grout between them. The decals go on the wall so easily I was able to just eye the space between them as I went.  I removed the plug and light switch plates and placed the decals under them using an exacto knife to trim them to fit where needed.  I think these small details make all the difference in making them appear more authentic. Of course if you already have tiles in the area you are covering, it will be all that much easier to apply them. With the real tiles under them it would be practically impossible to tell they are not the real thing without very closely examining them. These things are legit. 


I was also worried that the adhesive wouldn't stick to my very textured 70's walls. These fears were eliminated when I tested one of the mini tiles Bleucoin included in my package as a gift.  I stuck it on the wall overnight and it was still very firmly stuck on the wall the next morning.  When I peeled it off, it left no marks on the wall at all.  So no worries when we move out.  I'll just peel them off and away we go.  No painting or touch ups required.


The tile decals I chose are the Turkish pattern.  Bleucoin also makes Mexican Talavera,  Morrocan, Portuguese and Indian patterns. They make some less traditional patterns in black & white and florals as well.  It was so difficult to choose just one, I love them all so much.  In the end I decided the Turkish best blends with the rest of my space.  And maybe, just maybe they make the counter tops seem a little less awful.  They also make decals for stair risers, which I can not wait for the opportunity to use in the future. 


To cover a space my size it would have cost about $78 plus shipping.  So about $100 bucks total. Which is an absolute steal for how cute my kitchen looks now.  I used two sets of 22 patterns, each tile measuring 5'"by 5".  When ordering you choose the size you need in a drop down menu and they will even make a custom set just for you.  If you are unsure what to order, the staff at Bleucoin are extremely helpful and answer any inquiries very quickly.  The shipping was pretty zippy too.
The decals are amazing quality with vibrant colors and durable material.  If I take good care of them I can see them lasting several years.  They are in a very well used area and so far they are holding up great.  I've even wiped them down gently with no problem at all.


For all you folks out there with terrible tile in your bathroom or kitchen, I'm telling you right now... Don't hesitate and get you some of these.  They are so good.  if you have any unsightly space that you want to add some beautiful bohemian character too, like stair risers, a breakfast bar, cupboard doors, the back of a shelf, in your laundry room.  The possibilities really are endless.
I cook a lot and spend tons of time in my little kitchen, so this has been life changing for me.  My little boho kitchen is a joy to cook in now!  I swear my food even looks prettier in here.

So what do ya'll think? If you have any questions about the tile decals or applying them, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments.  If you order them, I'd love to hear about your experience too!

You can check out Bleucoin's premium line of wall/tile decals Here.

*Update! Check out my latest project using more of these Bleucoin tiles. This time on my fireplace

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xoxo-Andrea

40 comments:

  1. Wow! What a difference indeed. I too am having to live with a bold bold royal blue counter top that was here when we moved. I just decided to add more and more color (table, hutch etc). These decals may be the answer to the yucky bathroom style tiles that they thought would work for a kitchen back splash. As always, dear Andrea you have inspired us all again. Much LOVE to you...Sheri
    p.s. love the shelf above your sink :)

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    1. Thank you so much! The answer is indeed always...more color! Much love to you tooo! So happy to inspire <3

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  2. This is amazing, I am so blown away. Love it!

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    1. Ah Vanessa that means so much coming from you! Thank you!

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  3. Instant warm beautiful space!

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    1. It is warm isn't it!? Funny how a little thing creates such a big change. Thank You!

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  4. The kitchen looks amazing! Beautiful job!

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    1. Thanks! Can't wait to see what you do with yours!

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  5. Really good - looks so much like real tile - and I like your blue counter! Donna:)

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    1. Haha! Good to know my counters aren't that bad! Thanks Donna!

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  6. So excited to check these out. Great inspiration! I,too, have a boring blah kitchen in a rental home. Good bones but very boring. I'm super excited to try these out! Thank you!!

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    1. Awesome Amanda! You won't be disappointed! They are so vibrant.

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  7. Looks amazing! Are the decals reusable?

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    1. Thank you! I haven't tried it myself but Bleucoin doesn't recommend trying to reuse them. I think the adhesive 'activates' when they are pressed onto the wall/tile, so they likely wouldn't stick well again.

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  8. Anonymous2/27/2015

    hey, looks fantastic!!!! just change the doorknobs to something similar and you will love your kitchen!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, new knobs would be the icing on the cake!

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  9. Anonymous3/01/2015

    I don't think the blue counters are all that bad. You just lacked a little color and cohesion. Those decals added just the perfect touch. I have real Mexican Talavera tiles in my bath so the decals would go great in my kitchen, without having to grout!

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    1. Thanks! Oh to have the real ones...I'll let you in on a secret- I've been slowly collecting the real tiles from here and there so one day when I own a home I will have an amazing stash to tile with :)

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  10. GOB SMACKED! Thank you for the wonderful, fresh idea! These tiles would be the answer to freshening up our RV kitchen! THANK YOU!

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    1. Oh wow! I LOVE the idea of using these in an RV! So good! You're welcome!

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  11. Anonymous5/25/2015

    You know how people are covering countertops with contact paper? Do you think these tile decals might work that way too?

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  12. Anonymous5/25/2015

    You know how people are covering countertops with contact paper? Do you think these tile decals might work that way too?

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    1. Hi! I don't think these would be hardy enough for that application. They are individual "tiles" so there would be too many edges that could start to peel with that kind of wear and tear :)

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  13. Anonymous7/30/2015

    Your kitchen looks amazing!! I am searching for any feedback of when it is time to remove them... do they leave residue & are they difficult to remove? Just thinking ahead because it is a rental... I would really like to use these though!! I love them.

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  14. Anonymous8/18/2015

    Thank you for posting such a great idea. I have lived in a circa WW2 apartment bldg for the past 20 years and the rent is so sweet that I hope to stay here forever. I've got everything in the apartment looking just like I want it EXCEPT the kitchen. This will not only work quite fabulously for me, but it fits into my rather tight budget nicely

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    1. Ah perfect! They are so fun and really beautiful in person. Good luck with your project!

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  15. Thank you for these news. I', stuck with an ugly kitchen to and was looking for something like this. I'm going to check out this pags right now and see what I can find.
    Bye!
    Yohanna

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    1. You're welcome! Good luck with your project!

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  16. Dear Andrea,
    I am a religious sister and have been given the challenge of upgrading the look of our Convent kitchen! Our kitchen is rather dull (all white tiles and stainless steel). I LOVE the look of these tile decals and haven't been able to find a source for them in the States. Do you know where I might find them (perhaps a company that might be willing to make a donation to our sisterhood??)??? Your kitchen looks beautiful -- inspiring! Hope you have some thoughts for me! Thanks! Sister Naomi

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    1. Hi there! Sounds like you have an exciting project ahead! I haven't found a company in the US that has these tiles unfortunately. But there are so many DIY options out there that you can do to jazz up your kitchen. Have you seen the faux embossed tin paper that you can paint as you like to create a backsplash? Try Pinterest for some more ideas perhaps? Good luck!

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  17. Omg it looks so good. I am def going to get these!

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  18. Hi! I just came across your post on Pinterest- now that's been a year, how are these holding up? Have edges started to peel? Have you found a quick fix for dealing with that? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, you know I recently moved and had to take them down. But they were still as good as new when I peeled them off. I think one had started to peel a bit but I had reapplied that one when putting them up. So all in all I was pretty impressed with how well they lasted. They would have gone another couple years at least I think. Totally worth it in my books :)

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  19. What about water splash from the sink/doing dishes etc? Does it warp or soften the decals or cause them to peel?

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    1. It didn't seem to bother them much. Then again I doubt they got splashed too much really.
      They stand up to some wear, that's for sure!

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  20. Wow,..I think this would be a great idea in the camper I'm about to buy

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    1. That would be ADORABLE! A perfect use for them!

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  21. Wow,..I think this would be a great idea in the camper I'm about to buy

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  22. how did the packaging look when it arrived? do you have any up-wrapping photos? thanks for sharing!

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  23. I'd love to know what your total cost for tile was and where did you purchase? It is beautiful!

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