How to Install a Back-Splash that Doesn’t Look Like a DIY Project
YouTube makes “how to install a backsplash” seem like anyone could do it – in about 20 minutes. It’s true, of all the tile projects you could tackle a back-splash is a good one to start with. Is this a project that you might feel comfortable doing? Considering these six things might help you make a decision.
- Did you remove the old tile and damage your wall?
- You are installing a complex deco?
- Do you have a lot of outlets to work around?
- Are you are installing a clear glass tile?
- Are you tiling from counter to cabinet bottom?
- Do you have a large area behind the stove to tile?
If you said yes to any or all of the above question you may want to call in a professional tile contractor near you.
See our post about how to estimate the cost of a backsplash and keep your costs down!
If you decide to go forth and conquer that backslash then consider these things when making your tile choice.
6 Secrets From the Pros for Choosing an Amazing Back-Splash
Bottom line is this – back-splash choices are massive. It’s not a decision that should be an impulsive one. It may even be one worthy of hiring an interior designer for an hour or two. But however you decide to do it remember this bit of wise advice – your back-splash can either be the one thing that unifies your kitchen or be the only thing that gets noticed. You will never be sorry that you put some time and thought into it!
Ready Set: Tile
Now that you have your tile what is your next step?
How to Install a Back-Splash:
- Clean your walls with a good degreaser.
- Plan your layout. Think about where it will stop or start. Also, areas where you want the tile centered. Mark it those areas on the wall.
- Mask off your countertops with some masking tape.
- Turn off the power to your outlets and or switches and remove all the covers.
- Spread a thin layer of adhesive on the wall in a small area to start with.
- Install all whole tiles.
- Cut tiles for exact fits.
- Let dry according to adhesive directions.
- Apply the grout with a grout trowel.
- Clean with grout sponge.