A backsplash makes high-moisture and high-heat areas simpler to clean. Backlashes are installed in areas such as kitchens or bathrooms. This attractive addition prevents moisture and stains. You may save money by installing your tile backsplash instead of hiring a professional. Backsplashes are built from lightweight materials like ceramic tiles to produce eye-catching designs.
Depending on the backsplash you’re installing, you’ll need different materials. Here are 11 items you’ll need for a DIY backsplash.
1. A tape measure that will help you measure the area for your tile installation.
2. Tile cutter: If you use ceramic tiles, you may require a tile cutter. Sandpaper may be used to smooth the edges of the tiles.
3. Backsplash adhesive like thin set mortar or tile mastic. Mastic is, however, not suitable for wet locations like bathrooms.
4. Lightweight ceramic tiles. Floor tiles are too heavy for backsplashes. Be keen to use walling tiles.
5. Notched trowel to apply glue on the wall for your tiles.
6. A level to ensure your tiles are level.
7. Grout to fill tile gaps. Pre-mixed or DIY grout is available, depending on your requirements.
8. Rubber float to apply grout between tiles.
9. Caulk to fill the bottom tile-to-countertop gap.
10. Safety goggles and gloves when cutting the tile.
11. Tile spacers to lay tiles evenly.
How to Tile a Backsplash
After gathering your tiling supplies, you may now install your backsplash. Here are step-by-step instructions for tiling your backsplash.
1. Measure the backsplash area. This can help you calculate how much backsplash material you need.
2. Before attaching tiles to the wall, test your tile design near your desk. You can even draw in electrical outlets and switches.
3. Clear your workspace of kitchen things. Unplug items or outlet coverings that may impede installation.
4. Measure and cut tiles to match your design template if you’re installing your backsplash. Wear gloves and goggles.
5. Mix your glue and apply it one little portion at a time. Too much glue will dry before you can tile. Notch your adhesive to produce ridges that will help your tiles cling.
6. Lay the first tile approximately an eighth of an inch above the countertop in the lowest corner of your workplace. Press and twist the tile into the glue to level and secure it.
7. Lay each row of tiles horizontally and work your way up. Space each tile. Let the tile dry for 24 hours.
8. Apply grout between tiles as directed. When applying, tilt the rubber float 45 degrees to cover seams. Let extra grout dry before scraping. After the grout cures, wipe up the excess with a damp sponge at a 45-degree angle, taking care not to wet the new grout.
9. Seal the bottom using caulk to fill the bottom space between the tiles and the countertop.
You are done! Now, whenever your family and friends see your kitchen and bathroom, they will be impressed by the unique backsplash.