October 7, 2013

DIY: Under sink tile and how to keep it clean & organized!

If you're anything like me, you're OCD, stress way too much and constantly worry about everything. Don't be like me.

With that being said, I am also an organizational freak. I just love it. I know, freak right? It bothers me every time we both under bathroom and kitchen sinks where you keep your cleaning supplies, your liquids and soaps, etc... when they LEAK and get all over your nice, clean bottom of your cabinet. So, while browsing through Pinterest one day, I came across the idea to use tile under your kitchen cabinet. Brilliant. And I knew just the tile that would be CHEAP and easy to install. 

I wanted the whole organization thing to be cheap in general, especially for such a small area. Totaling just under $20, I think I hit the nail on the head with this one.

Enter Lowes Home Improvement and their peel and stick tiles that are meant to look a lot like marble. Except they are super light and have sticky backs. At just over $1.00 a piece, I only need 6 for this project and somehow had one left over. But this may not be the case for everyone. We also got an extra 10% for my husbands military service, always a nice thing every time we check out. Thank you Lowes! They have a variety to choose from and choosing a darker tile probably would be the smarter route as you won't see as many messes IF you have any. I am stubborn and choose the luxurious faux marble. Yep, so what.

You can see how thin they are below so literally speaking, they do not take up much space or take away from your under cabinet storage in any way.

Here is a BEFORE shot of under the kitchen sink. The usual... the thrown in, messy look where no one looks because it doesn't matter. Yep, that cabinet. 

Ok, so what you'll need to get started with this SUPER simple project are the following:

Tape Measure
Utility Knife, Box cutter, whatever you call it.
Calculator (Maybe.) ;-)

I started in the center and laid the first two tiles to make it easy. I only had to trim up for the top part of the back tile because I hadn't done the sides yet. All that you have to do through out the entire laying of the tiles is to just measure the length and width of the open space, measure it on the tile and mark it. Then cut it with your knife. Yes, that easy.

This whole project only took me literally 10 minutes to do and I'm already loving it! I literally can WIPE it clean now and it gives it new life. Not that it needed it because its under the sink but hey, it's the little things people. We also purchased a grocery bag holder at around $8.00 and paper towel mountable holder from Walmart for around $6.00 or $7.00, I believe. To add additional storage and de-clutter on tops of the counter tops, we mounted the paper towel rack on the inside of the cabinet door. People, this was one of the best things I've ever done. I hate things being on the counter, especially appliances and stupid paper towel things. The plastic bag holder I actually did not screw in. I used 3M strips that I already had on hand to hang it. Have I mentioned how much I love those? I use them everywhere... they are seriously life savers. Yay 3M!

Here's a peek up close. What do you think? In case you are wondering why we don't have anything under our sink, we also found a full door basket system that we installed on the inside of our linen closet door that is right near the kitchen to hold most of our cleaning supplies, trash bags, etc.

And here's a close up of the paper towel holder. If you go to any store, be sure to check out their storage solutions. I use to tend to overlook them but now, I want to add as much storage as possible to this home to fully make use of the space that we have. And I think, I hope, somewhere down the line when we sell, a buyer will appreciate all of these small, storage solutions.

Well there ya go! I'm off to bed, I can't wait to reveal to you what my friend and I came across tonight. We were so lucky to have found what we did! Goodnight!



  1. Great ideas. I think I might try putting my paper towel holder under my kitchen sink for optimized counter space. Thanks for sharing!!!


  2. I too have the tile under the sink. Michael did that about a year ago, but DONT have the paper towel holder! love that idea!!! Going to have Michael do that for me!

  3. nice idea to installing plastic holder and tissue holder.

  4. This is a very good tutorial for those who are worried about their under sink. The tiles can be installed easily, as long as you know the process and you have the tools to do it. Keeping it clean is also necessary so that it will last longer.

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  6. I agree, tiles are definitely the best decision for under the sink space. The sink cabinet is usually very messy and we often spill things, which just sit there forgotten. It's a lot easier to clean all these messes from a tiled surface than from a wooden one, for instance. You just need a damp rag, some detergent, and everything will come off the tile like magic. Tiles are also very durable, which means that they will withstand in cases where other surfaces would rot or crumble.

  7. awesome tips, especially when less space and add more stuff. Thanks for sharing :)

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