DIY fan shares ingenious tile transformation using adhesive – costing from only £18

Making over tired-looking kitchen and bathroom tiles has never been easier

Can you believe it costs so little to completely revamp dated tiles? The ingenious adhesive tiles from Dunelm can change the whole scheme, for as little as £18.

The smart self-adhesive tiles are making kitchen and bathroom makeovers more affordable and achievable than ever before.

As proved by one savvy homes enthusiast Kelly Eathorne. Kelly has shared her bathroom transformation with us, along with her tops tips for using the adhesive tiles.

Kelly's bathroom tiles before

bathroom with tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/Kelly Eathorne)

To give a better idea of how effective the adhesive tiles are, here are the original stone-effect tiles.

Kelly's bathroom tiles after

bathroom with white bathtub and white washbasin

(Image credit: Future PLC/Kelly Eathorne)

‘The tiles are pretty easy to apply, but you do need some patience,’ explains Kelly. She indicates you will also need a spirit level, going on to say,’your first tile is the most important one in my opinion. So make sure it is straight.’

‘The job may also require a Stanley blade, because you may have to cut out some depending on the size of tiles or wall you’re applying them to, etc. Another helpful pointer, Kelly adds, ‘make sure the back is completely off before applying, as it can stick.’

Kelly has used the adhesive on the tiled splashback behind the sink and on the tiled bath surround. The chosen design is that of 'Quatrefoil', a traditional patterned tile which can help add a decorative touch to any room.

We have to say Kelly's done a fabulous job, and we LOVE the green bathroom scheme she's chosen to enhance her new tiles. She's certainly got an eye for design.

Dunelm self-adhesive tiles

kitchen with white cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dunelm)

The Dunelm website says, 'Patterned with a traditional quatrefoil design in white and grey, these backsplash tiles are finished with a high shine to provide the illusion of real tiles without the hassle of applying them. These tile panels are quick and easy to apply - simply peel off the backing and stick to your wall.'

'The high shine finish also means these tiles can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth making them perfect for in the kitchen or bathroom or anywhere you want to protect your wall or paint work. Supplied in a pack of 4. Each panel measures 10" x 10". Individual tiles measure 5" x 1.5"/3".'

Buy now: InHome Quatrefoil Self Adhesive Backsplash Tiles, on sale £14.40, Dunelm

room with white walls and staircase

(Image credit: Future PLC / Dunelm)

As demonstrated above, the handy adhesive film can be used just about anywhere to transform homes – even on the stairs

Related: Prepare to be floored by this impressive staircase makeover – unbelievably it cost just £65!

Kelly shares her bathroom makeover on her Instagram, where she reveals where to shop the look...

Thanks to Kelly for sharing her tile transform, to assure us it can be done with great effect.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.