Tile Backsplash Tutorial


Over the holiday, my family and I had some work done to our kitchen, and secretly, I’ve always wanted to put backsplash up without help. So, I did it! It was so rewarding (and much cheaper than hiring someone)!  During the completion of the project, I thought this was an awesome excuse to show everyone the process of applying tile backsplash to a kitchen! It is SO much easier than one would think. Check it out and complete your own tile project!


To begin, while other websites made this look super easy and super clean, I must admit it was some work!  I was a bit more than messy when I was done…

Overall, the result was amazing, and although it was a little messy, and took a few days to complete, the work was totally worth it! Besides, it saved me at least $100… so that’s what’s up!

What You’ll Need:

Tools
Tile Cutter or Tile Saw
Fine Tooth Trowel
Scissors (for mesh sheets)
Float or Sponge

Materials
Backsplash Tiles (I used ones that were attached to mesh sheets)
Tile Glue
Grout
Water
Rags

The Steps:

1. Use your trowel to apply tile glue to your walls. When using mesh tile sheets you can start either in a corner or the center of your wall.  We chose to start in a corner.

2. Press the sheet into the tile glue and press firmly to adhere to the glue.  Utilize a level to ensure your sheets are alined the right way.  If you are using a grout line below your sheets you may want to measure this out using spacers.

3. Continue this process and line up the mesh sheets. When using tiles like mine, your sheets will line up with each other pretty easily. If you have to trim any of your sheets, you can do this using scissors.

4. Once you’re done placing all of your sheets, use your tile cutter to trim tiles to place in your open spaces that full tiles would not fit in.

5. When you’re tiles are done being placed make sure you allow them anywhere from 12 hours to one full day to dry.

6. Once your tiles are dry, you’re ready to grout! For this step you’ll need your grout, a float (or a sponge in my case), a clean sponge, water, and rags.

7. Mix your grout in a bowl or bucket, depending on how much you need. Sometimes the measurements may not be exact on the side of the box, so eyeball how much you actually need.  The grout should be a happy consistency between watery and thick.

8. Apply your grout to your tiles using your trowel or sponge. We chose to use a sponge for this project due to the delicate nature of the glass tiles as well as the fact that we were only grouting a small area.

9. Once your grout has sat for a little, begin to wipe away the excess grout from the face of your tiles using a wet sponge. Wipe off the grout in a circular motion and remember to continue to rinse out your sponge.

10. Allow your grout to dry.  If you notice some cracks and holes in the grout while it dries, this is normal! Just fill any spots in with more grout.
 
Although this was a weekend long project, it was well worth the wait! Backsplashes come in virtually every shape, color scheme, and material, so don’t be afraid to be picky when it comes to putting backsplash in your home!

Grout comes in many colors too! So have some fun with picking out your colors!

If you need anymore help with a project like this, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Have you installed your own backsplash!? I want to see! Tag your projects #diyhuntress on Instagram or post them to my Facebook wall!

 

41 Comments

  1. The new backsplash looks fantastic. It's not too hard to install great looking backsplash but you make it look really easy 🙂

    I'll be adding this post to Google+ for sure, hope you don't mind.

  2. i would never menage to do the same! great job!If you want we can follow each other on gfc and facebook? Visit my blog and try to win fashionable sunglasses! Kiss

  3. Wow Sam, can't believe you did this (well, I can). It looks awesome.
    BTW, I made the record bowls for my brother and the boo and they came out awesome.
    Thanks for your inspiration!

    xoxo
    Annie

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