Kmart hack using popular $25 product divides shoppers: ‘Not a fan’

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A Kmart shopper has shared before and after photos of her DIY hack using a popular $25 product, leaving users online divided over the end result.

The woman retiled her front porch by simply sticking on adhesive 3D tiles, which have recently been making waves online.

Kmart tiles style variety.
Self adhesive tiles from Kmart are causing a stir online. Photo: Facebook

According to Kmart’s website, the tiles comes in a range of styles - including subway white and mosaic - and are resistant to water, oil, high temperatures and mildew.

“As long as dust is wiped off during installation, these tiles can be used in your kitchen or bathroom,” the description reads.

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Despite instructions saying they are suitable for indoor use only, one woman decided to stick them on her outdoor tiles at her front door.

She shared the results in a popular Facebook group, showing the blue mosaic style tiles covering up the terracotta floor in her entryway.

Kmart tiles before and after.
The woman shared before and after photos of her porch. Photos: Facebook

While a few people complimented the new look, saying it is “fresh and bright” compared to the “old-fashioned” terracotta, others said that they preferred the tiles before the makeover.

“Sorry, the original is better - classic tiles. Hope you haven’t ruined the original,” one person wrote, with another replying, “I agree, the original was warm and inviting, this is just not”.

“I prefer the original personally,” someone else added. “The Kmart tile colours clash a little. Each to their own of course!”

“Love the terracotta,” a fourth shared. “Can’t beat the detail in the old worldly charm, sorry.”

Kmart tiles on their website.
Kmart’s website says the tiles are intended for indoor use only. Photo: Kmart

A number of users also pointed out that the Kmart product isn’t suitable for outdoor use because it will get slippery when wet.

“Looks good but I don't think these are safe to use for daily foot traffic,” a follower commented, with a different person adding, “I would worry it would rip easily”.

Other shoppers made suggestions for how she could improve the look with some simple styling and maintenance tricks.

"I would swap the welcome mat for a black and white one and paint the bottoms of your planters white so they look a little fresh like the pot itself,” one person said.

“I would put a layer of lacquer coat paint over the top ASAP. This will make it waterproof and chip proof,” another wrote.

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