Installing Tile Using Simple Mat

An Easy to Use Product for Great Results

When I first laid eyes on this amazing product called Simple Mat at my local Home Depot, I have to confess, I was a bit skeptical. But being someone who loves getting things done, I thought, why not give it a shot? If it didn’t work out, I’d just have a little “I told you so” moment with myself…

Installing Tile Using Simple Mat

Anyway, you’re supposed to be able to stick this stuff to the wall, add the tile, and grout right away. I used it in the kitchen to install marble tile and it worked perfectly! I absolutely have no complaints! It was so easy and I was finished in about three hours! Woo hoo!

Today, I’ll show you how I used this product to install a tile backsplash in my kids’ bathroom…


  • Simple Mat
  • Tile
  • Grout
  • Grout float (<– affiliate link!)
  • Silicone caulk

I removed the shoe molding I put around the countertop when I built and installed it. Then, I cleaned the walls with plain white vinegar and water, and let them dry completely.

 Installing Tile Using Simple Mat bathroom wall before

Installing Tile Using Simple Mat bathroom wall with tile choice

Because I only wanted the tile to be 6″ high from the top of the counter, I had to move the outlet. No biggie because I didn’t like the position of it anyway! I removed the outlet, drew lines for the new position, cut out the drywall, and used the piece to plug the original part of the hole.

 Installing Tile Using Simple Mat remove old outlet  Installing Tile Using Simple Mat new placement lines for outlet  Installing Tile Using Simple Mat patched hole for outlet

I cut the Simple Mat into 6″ high pieces.  I peeled off the backing and started at the corner, applying the Simple Mat to the wall. Do not remove the outside cover!

 Installing Tile Using Simple Mat unused product  Installing Tile Using Simple Mat product applied to wall

Only remove the outside cover as tile is applied. I started in the corner and when all of the tile was applied, I used the grout float to press it into place.

 Installing Tile Using Simple Mat applying tile to wall  Installing Tile Using Simple Mat completed tile installation

Once all of the tile had been installed, I started grouting! I applied the grout with my hands instead of the grout float, then wiped it off with a wet tile sponge. (Use a bucket so that sand from the grout isn’t trapped in the pipes!)

Installing Tile Using Simple Mat completed with grout

Let the grout dry overnight. Use silicone caulk on the top and bottom (at the countertop) of the tile for a nice finish.

Installing Tile Using Simple Mat caulk on top edge of tile

Wasn’t that easy?? I was finished in a little over an hour! Woo hoo!! Have questions about installing tile using Simple Mat? Leave a comment below!


  • Hamiltonk christine says:


  • Alana Geikie says:

    This definitely makes tile installation easier, especially on small wall areas. I’m glad you found this wonderful product and shared it with us. You can also make other creative designs using different tiles on the other walls of the bathroom, to complement that very adorable sink dish. The kids would love that!

  • Tile Cutter says:

    Fab post and blog! I love all your pictures. Thanks for sharing these with us.

  • Cheryl at ARTZZLE says:

    So Cher, just found this today (9/2/15) How is this tile holding up for you? I’m assuming (hoping) this product is still available too! THX – the OTHER Cher 🙂

    • CherTexter says:

      Hi, Cheryl! It is holding really well with no issues. Home Depot still carries it… It is so easy to use and makes tiling a backsplash so much quicker! Have a great evening!

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