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Can't stand your backsplash? These temporary tiles may be the answer

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Hate your backsplash but don’t have the money or landlord approval to do anything about it? This might be your answer.

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Smart Tiles are peel-and-stick wall tiles that are a DIY enthusiast's dream. They’re inexpensive, versatile and easy to install — the company claims the process takes minutes without making a mess or requiring any specialized tools. And while they may sound good to be true, Home Depot's customer reviews are painting a very pretty picture.

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“These look wonderful and so realistic,” wrote one customer. “Very easy to install and changed the whole look of my kitchen. The ‘glass’ tiles just POP with color and added a richness that I had only hoped for!”

“Everyone asked how could I have done it by myself and can't believe they are just stickers,” another one wrote.

Thanks to a gel component called Gel-O, the tiles have that 3-D effect, giving it the look of actual (and very expensive) tile.

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The designs include colorful mosaics and the very trendy subway-tile style. The average price for tiles ranges from about $7 - $10 (sizes vary). However, the brand’s website is currently featuring deals for as low as $2.99 for a 9.85 square inch piece.

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Of course, nothing can be perfect. Some reviewers did find some struggles in the installation process while others offered tips.

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“It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, and outlets just complicate the matter,” one said. “Take the covers off when you measure for the outlets, etc.,” another wrote. “The hardest part is just working in tight spaces, making them fit together level so that you don't see seams.”

This article was originally published on Aug. 24, 2015.

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