Installing a Tile Backsplash

This video demonstrates how to install a tile backsplash in your kitchen.  The same concept you can use in the bathroom.  Tile is a great addition to the decor of any home.  This video makes this look so easy, easy enough that I have already started pricing out tile for my kitchen.  The only question I would have if I were to attempt this myself, is what do you do if you don’t have a tile cutter?  It gives you some good nuggets here for instance when you put the socket covers back on you may need to use longer screws.  Not something I would have known up front without any guidance.  I would first recommend pricing out the tile before getting started.  You need to know how much you are going to need.  You’ll also want to get a few extra tiles just in case you didn’t calculate correctly or if you make a mistake in cutting.


Create an elegant look in any kitchen with the tile backsplash.

Tile is a popular choice and something you can do yourself. For this project, we’re using this beautiful glass and stone mosaic tile sheets by Daltile. Start by making sure the walls are clean and in good shape. Prepare the walls by roughing up the existing paint with sandpaper or painting over them with a good primer or sealer. Figure out the area of your walls and how much tile you’ll need. Make sure to get extra tiles from the same lot number in case you run short or have to replace the tile sometime later. It’s a good idea to lay the tile out on the countertop to see how it will look and to determine where you’ll have to cut tiles to fit.

Then find the center of the wall. This is where you’ll start applying tile to the wall. Adjust the center point to balance with any appliances. Turn off power to any wall outlets or switches and remove the face plates. Use a thin set mortar mix or tile adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply the tile adhesive with the notched trowel held at a 45-degree angle and spread in a thin layer. Only apply adhesive to about a 3 by 3 foot area at a time to prevent it from drying out.

Set the first tile section in the center of the base of the backsplash. Gently tap it into place with a mallet or a grout float. Check to make sure it’s level and then position the next section of tiles into place. Continue laying the tiles in a row and wipe off any excess adhesive. Every few minutes, check over the entire installation to make sure everything is aligned properly. If you need to cut tiles, a wet tile cutting saw will give precise, clean cuts. Apply adhesive to the back of the cut tiles and then press into place.

When all the tiles have been laid, wipe off any excess adhesive and allow the tiles to set according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then remove the spacers. Mix grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply the grout to the tiles with the rubber float. Spread the grout diagonally at a 45-degree angle, pushing the grout into the spaces between the tiles. Wipe off the excess grout with a damp sponge when the grout becomes firm. After the grout dries, a haze will form which must be wiped off. Then run a clean sponge down the vertical lines and along the horizontal lines to achieve consistent depth in the grout lines.

On the bottom edge where the tile meets the countertop, apply a bit of caulk instead of grout to prevent cracking. Also, caulk along the cabinet above. Replace electrical outlets and switches. You may need to use longer screws to replace the outlet covers.

Finally, step back and enjoy the look of your new tile backsplash for years to come.

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