How to Make a Kitchen Backsplash
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Last updated: Sunday, June 29, 2008

A kitchen backsplash not only looks nice, but it also helps you in easy cleaning of your kitchen. A new backsplash in your kitchen keeps the walls dry and make them look more dramatic. The ideas for kitchen backsplash may range from engineered stone, ceramic tiles, stamped metal, plastic laminate and even solid stone. Perhaps the most common choice is a kitchen tile backsplash. A new backsplash in your kitchen may add value to the home in case you decide to sell it. If you do it yourself, then it is a very cost efficient project.

Some of the easy steps and tips in order to create a new backsplash in your kitchen in less than a weekend -:

  • 1. The first step is to choose an appropriate tile for your kitchen backsplash. In case you want to use a decorative tile, you will have spent a lot. But if you go in for a basic tile, it will be more cost efficient.
  • 2. After getting an appropriate tile for you kitchen backsplash, you need to mark the center of that area. Then, make a horizontal line using an instrument called leveler or laser level across the area you are going to tile. You can also make a horizontal line using a chalk line and after making a line you should recheck it whether it is even or not.
  • 3. After making the line, start laying them from middle in one column and one row. In case you face any problem in placing the tiles, you can fix the cut out tile pieces in the corners.
  • 4. Remove the decoration pieces and cover your counter tops with a protective covering before starting the work. Also make sure to turn off the appliances which are placed around the work area.
  • 5. Start applying a thin layer of cement mortar from the center point using a trowel. The mortar should not be used in excess. It’s always better to apply mortar for 4-6 tiles only because if you spread more of the mortar, it may get dry. In order to fix the tiles on the wall, do it with a twisting motion.
  • 6. After completing a row of tiles, check the row using level in order to make sure that the tiles are even and haven’t moved.
  • 7. If there is any need to cut the tile pieces, you can use a tile saw. It is easily available on rent at any of the local hardware stores. Be careful while working with saw.
  • 8. When the mortar gets completely dried, apply the grout. This will make the surface uniform and fill the gaps. After applying the grout, wait for sometime. As soon as the grout dries up, wipe the tiles using a window cleaner.

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  1. brad
    July 7, 2008

    Thank you for the detailed instruction. I just bought some accent tiles from this store http://www.justhomedecor.com/estoreusa/home.php?cat=492 and planned to do the kitchen backlash myself. I feel more confident after reading your posting.

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  2. lindapaul
    April 25, 2009

    I am an artist and kitchen backsplash tile designer. here is a link to dozens of pictures of installed backsplashes of lots of ideas. Enjoy!

    http://www.lindapaul.com/Decorative_tile_Kitchen_Decorating_ideas.htm

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