RV Kitchen Backsplash with Smart Tiles

Thank you to Smart Tiles for partnering with me to bring you this RV makeover post! Financial compensation was not received for this post, a sample product was gifted. Ideas and opinions expressed here are my own.

Oh my goodness, I am so excited to share this post with you! I feel like it's been a long time coming but it really hasn't, I've only had my vintage motorhome (Bertha!) for about 2 1/2 months now!

I've been working diligently on her almost every weekend. There was a whole lotta cleaning that had to happen before I could get to the fun stuff not to mention some nasty, old carpet that we ripped out, broken molding that had to be replaced, and then painting!

Today I am sharing Bertha's shiny new kitchen backsplash!

Create a beautiful RV kitchen with Smart Tiles!

I discovered Smart Tiles during my search for some tiles that would work well in an RV environment... meaning cold, hot, humid at times, flexing and moving during travel, etc.

I didn't think that normal tiles that you put up with tile adhesive and grout would work too well and I wasn't too sure about self-adhesive tiles... would then be sticky enough? Would they look cheesy or amateur? Would they fall off with temperature fluctuations?

But then I found Smart Tiles and read all the reviews and Q&A and saw all the beautiful inspiration photos (a lot of which are RV pictures)!

I decided to reach out to them and see if they would be up for a collaboration. I was so excited when they were up for it, they sent me enough tiles to do Bertha's backsplash!

These are the tiles I chose.
Smart Tiles Metro Cassandra Tiles

They are the Metro Cassandra tiles which are a beautiful light grey with white grout lines. They are like subway tiles but smaller which I thought was perfect for Bertha's small kitchen area. The grey goes with the mood board I created for Bertha's makeover.

Let's take a look at the before so you can get an appreciation for how great this really looks!!

You can see the box the tiles came in on the counter, I was surprised at how small the box was!

RV kitchen before

I did not paint the backsplash area. It was cleaned with TSP which stands for trisodium phosphate. It is a heavy duty cleaner that removes dirt, grease, grime, and soot. You can totally use Smart Tiles on painted surfaces though, they just need adequate curing time.

RV kitchen after

The tiles are so easy to install. They come in little blocks of self-adhesive tiles. These have 8 tiles per block so in this picture, there are three blocks installed.

smart tile installation

They are SO easy to install too, you just peel off the protective backing to reveal the silver adhesive backing. As you can see they are VERY flexible too!

self-adhesive smart tiles

You can cut them with regular scissors or a sharp knife. I used a knife and straight edge to cut my tiles and started in the corner and worked my way out.

installing self-adhesive smart tiles

It didn't take long at all and I had the area behind the stove and sink done!

self-adhesive tiles rv application

And then I started on the side wall. Originally I didn't know if I would have enough to do this side wall but I did with two blocks of tiles to spare!

smart tile RV kitchen backsplash

RV kitchen backlsplash DIY

You'll have to excuse all the pictures... I was so excited to play house and decorate Bertha's little kitchen! I raided my mom's collections and picked out a few things for today's post! 😊

RV kitchen

RV Kitchenette

vintage RV kitchen makeover

There are still a few things I'd like to do in here like replace the off-white plugin and cover with a pretty white one.

vintage motorhome makeover

vintage RV makeover

I'll be purchasing new burners since these are a little rusty and new stove knobs.

vintage RV kitchen

I painted the hinges and knobs with the same copper paint that I used for the Simple DIY RV Sconce Light Covers.


I just bought some cute fabric to make new curtains. I hung a piece of the fabric up to see how it would look, what do you think?

pretty RV kitchen

I would like to paint the metal part of the kitchen light.

RV kitchen makeover

Motorhome kitchen makeover

See those two posts on either side of the counter? Not really sure what those are but maybe they house wiring or something. They are permanent whatever they are. They have some sort of covering on them, it's plastic and covers black PVC pipe (the black PVC is visible inside the cupboard).

I'd like to come up with some way to pretty those up a bit. Since they don't come out they would be hard to paint. Maybe contact paper? What do you think? Any ideas?

RV Kitchen Backsplash with Smart Tiles

I love how the tiles shine and look so fresh and new!

RV kitchen

And now let's see one more before picture!

RV kitchen before

And after!!!

RV kitchen after!

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RV Kitchen Backsplash with Smart Tiles

Thank you again to Smart Tiles for providing these beautiful tiles!

You can see the rest of Bertha's progress and makeovers HERE!