Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Our First Backsplash

I was wanting to add a backsplash in my kitchen for years, but since we had never done it before, we thought it would be really difficult.  Surprisingly, it wasn't.  I got the tile as a Christmas gift and my husband and I stayed up all night after everyone left and installed it.  I think we did a pretty good job of it too.  Here's a picture of how it looked on Christmas Eve, before we tiled.

First, was getting the area ready.  We laid cardboard down over the counters (we are messy people).   We got all the tools we needed for the job.  We bought a premixed thin set.  Since then, I have been told you should not use a premix on glass tiles, since it could scratch them; however, I didn't notice any of them scratched.  We spread the thin set in a small area.  You need to put it on in one direction and then go over it in the other direction with a notched trowel.  You don't want it too thick, with glass tiles especially.  In some areas, we had it too thick and you could see it through the tiles.  Once you have it on, you can start putting the tiles on.  You are suppose to move them around a little, to even out the thin set.  You need to use spacers between the sheets, the same size as the space on the sheets.  We started at the bottom, putting in full sheets.  When you get to the top, you will need to cut them to fit.  We bought a tile cutter and it was very easy to use.  You need to also cut around the outlets.

  After all the tiles were on, we used a grout float to firmly press the tiles in place.   

We waited till the next day to grout.  You need to wait at least 12 hours before applying the grout.  It needs to be put on in several directions, with a grout float, to make sure you are filling in the spaces evenly.  Wait about 10 minutes, and then use a large damp sponge to wipe off excess grout.  Once the grout has dried (read the directions for drying time) wipe the tiles with a dry cloth.

And that's that!  It really isn't hard.  If you are wondering if you can do it or not, I say, go for it!