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April 27, 2020
Update Your Kitchen Backsplash With These DIY Tiling Tips

A backsplash can transform a kitchen from worn-out to elegant! Below is a step by step guide to installing your backsplash.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR BACKSPLASH

  1. Measure your backsplash to establish the amount of tiles and the most appropriate style. It is recommended to add 10-15% waste to your final square footage for cuts.
  2. Remove the current backsplash, if there is one, and replace the drywall. Generally, saving the existing drywall is a difficult task and it is much more efficient to simply replace. During this process, it’s advised to shut off the power to the electrical outlets and remove the cover plates.
    Patch and sand the surface so it is a level as possible.

 

HOW TO TILE YOUR BACKSPLASH

  1. Apply wall tile adhesive with the 3/16” v-notch trowel. Be sure to only apply adhesive to a small surface, around 2-3 square feet at a time.
  2. Begin installing our first sheet, ensuring it is level, by laying the tile against the adhesive and pressing firmly. Repeat with each sheet following.
  3. Mix the grout according to the instructions, or until it has reached a peanut butter consistency, in your mixing bucket. Apply to the dry tile surface using the grout float in a cross sweeping pattern, held at a 45 degree. The grout should be pushed over the tile joints in 2-3 directions to ensure they are appropriately filled in.
  4. Begin removing the excess grout 5-10 minutes after application. You’ll be aware of the appropriate time because the grout will begin to show a white haze. Fill a clean bucket with water and use your grout sponge to apply in a downward drag. Be sure not to use too much water or wash in a spiral motion.
  5. Use a clean, dry cloth to buff the entire surface clean of any dry particles.
  6. Place a thin bead of silicone along the base of the backsplash where the mosaic meets the countertop. Seal any necessary surfaces, such as grout or natural stone tiles, 3-5 days after applying the grout.

 

GATHER YOUR TOOLS

3/16” V-Notch Trowel
Grout Float
Measuring Tape
Grout Sponge
Level
Tile Cutter
Mixing Bucket
Silicone Gun
Drywall cutter
Drywall patch
Sanding block or Sand paper

 

TIPS

  • It is recommended to keep the power to the outlets off until the full installation is complete for safety!
  • Begin your backsplash at what you would consider to be the “focal point” in your kitchen. May believe this to be the stove as it has the largest surface space.
  • When cleaning the excess grout off the surface, as seen in step #5, always make sure the sponge is well rung out and that the water is clean.

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