If you recently had a new stove and sink installed in your kitchen, protect the painted wall behind them from liquid spills and add beauty to the cooking area by installing a backsplash with the steps below. This project can be completed with basic materials and tools, and will provide your newly-remodeled kitchen with the perfect finishing touch.
- all-purpose cleaning agent
- lint-free cloth
- measuring tape
- ceramic tiles
- tile adhesive
- notched trowel
- tile cutting tool
- tube of pre-mixed tile grout
- caulk gun
- putty knife
Clean And Mark The Wall, Then Affix Tiles
Spray an all-purpose cleaning agent on one side of a sponge. Clean the section of the wall that is directly behind and slightly above the stove and sink. Dry the wall with a lint-free cloth. Measure and mark the area that you are installing a backsplash in. Based upon your measurements, you will be able to purchase enough ceramic tiles to cover the area. Use a notched trowel to apply tile adhesive across the marked portion of the wall.
The tool's notches will create lines in the adhesive, which you can use as a guide when aligning the tiles. Press the first tile firmly against one corner of the adhesive-covered section. Line up subsequent tiles in the same manner, side by side. Continue adding tiles to the wall until the adhesive is covered and the tiles form a grid.
Trim Edge Pieces And Apply Grout
If a portion of the adhesive-covered section remains that full tiles will not fit in, use tile cutters to trim tiles before covering the rest of the adhesive. Wait for the tile adhesive to dry. To determine the length of time that you can expect to wait, refer to the directions that are listed on the container of adhesive. Then, insert a tube of pre-mixed tile grout in a caulk gun. While the tip of the gun is inserted between two of the tiles, squeeze the tool's trigger.
Move the tip of the tool along the joint that the tiles create until it is covered with grout. Apply a line of grout between all of the tiles that the backsplash is made from. Attempt to apply the adhesive in straight lines. If too much adhesive is applied to a portion of the backsplash, use the tip of a putty knife or a sponge that has been dampened with water to remove it. The grout will require several hours of drying time. Refrain from cooking or turning on the sink until you are sure that the grout is no longer wet.
For more information, contact a company like Callier Thompson Kitchen & Bath.