The holidays are almost here!! Soon starts the hectic, busy time of getting holiday prepping done in advance, which I’m sure some of you have already started. Now is the perfect time to do a little sprucing up to your kitchen before all your wonderful guests arrive! Not only will you be able to* wow* them with a wonderful, homecooked meal, but you will also be able to show off your quick and easy kitchen backsplash facelift. I know many of you often think that no matter what you want to do to your kitchen, it will cost you an arm and a leg. The truth is, there are many ways to go around that. Adding a tile backsplash to spruce up life in the kitchen is rather inexpensive if you know what you are doing. In one weekend you could have a kitchen that seems that you completely renovated it!
Materials & Tools:
- Tile: Measure the square footage of your backsplash, then add 10-20% to your total. This makes up for waste. General cost is $10-$25/sq. ft.
- Adhesives: Thinset bonds to drywall plaster, and just about any other porous surface. It is a cement-based adhesive that penetrates the wall as well as the porous back side of the tile.
- Tile Spacers: These help keep tiles straight and even on the wall, and come in various shapes & sizes. Keep it simplistic when choosing a spacer. Always make sure the spacers fit the tile sheets in which you choose.
- Notched Trowel: Used to apply the adhesive to the surface being tiled. A small-margin trowel and a larger notched trowel are good to keep on hand when doing tiling.
- Grout: Pick something complementary to your tile. Try and stay away from exact matches, as well as pick a color that will not be as difficult to clean. Avoid bright white unless you enjoy scrubbing! Try and pick something that alreay has a sealer in it as well. In addition, you will need a grout sponge, and a grout float or trowel.
*Note: All materials and tools are available at your local hardware stores.
** When picking out backsplash tile, try to keep it simplified and neutral. If you pick a smaller tile, the install process will become a little bit more easier than if you choose a bigger tile. Most tiles can be cut using the scoring process. Sometimes the bigger tile requires the use of professional!
Follow these easy steps:
- Pick a pattern: If tile sheets are what you decided, then your pattern is set. If you want to go with subway tile, lay your tile in a brick pattern.
- Find a starting point: The center of the sink is always an ideal place to start; starting in the center and working your way out.
- Do prep work: Apply a bead of silicone caulk to the seam between your wall and your countertop. This acts as a backup line of protection. Turn off the circuit breaker and make sure that none of the outlets or switches are live. Then remove any electrical wall plates. Unscrew the switches and outlets and pull them out of the boxes. Do not disconnect the wires!
- Apply the adhesive: Make sure you can see your center-line starting mark; apply adhesive from that point.
- Install the tile: Start from your center line, press the tile up against the wall firmly. Use a pencil and a speed square (a right-angle tool that helps to give you a straight line) to mark your cuts before you make them. Once tile is installed, go back and remove any adhesive that has pushed up into grout lines.
- Grout & clean: Once tile has been installed for 24 hrs. you can go ahead and start grouting! Remove all the spacers and clean off any dried adhesive on the face of the tile. Work the grout in at an angle. Apply it with the trowel angled toward the wall, moving in a diagonal pattern. Clean off the excess grout with a sponge and work a 3- 5 foot area at a time. Once finished grouting, run a clear bead of silicone along the bottom edge of the tile. Let sit for 24 hours beforer putting back the outlets and switch plates.
So now that you know these few easy steps, pick out a weekend to get to get started! There is still plenty of time before the holidays are here!