Home Improvement | 19 December 2016How to Install Tiled Backsplash Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Tiled backsplashes add a nice touch to any kitchen and you can install them yourself! Here are the steps to install a tiled backsplash to your kitchen from Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Tile. Tools & Materials Level Tape measure Pencil Tile cutter Notched trowel Rubber grout float Rubber mallet Sponge Story stick Tile spacers (if needed) Wall tile Mastic adhesive Masking tape Grout Caulk Drop cloth Caulk gun Scrap 2 × 4 Carpet scrap Buff cloth Make a story stick by marking a board at least half as long as the backsplash area to match the tile spacing. Starting at the midpoint of the installation area, use the story stick to make layout marks along the wall. If an end piece is too small (less than half a tile), adjust the midpoint to give you larger, more attractive end pieces. Use a level to mark this point with a vertical reference line. While it may appear straight, your counter top may not be level and therefore not a reliable reference line. Run a level along the counter to find the lowest point on the countertop. Mark a point two tiles up from the low point and extend a level line across the entire work area. Apply mastic adhesive evenly to the area beneath the horizontal reference line using a notched trowel. Comb the adhesive horizontally with the notched edge. Press tiles into the adhesive with a slight twisting motion. If the tiles are not self-spacing, use plastic spacers to maintain even grout lines. If the tiles do not hang in place, use masking tape to hold them in place until the adhesive sets. Install a whole row along the reference line, checking occasionally to make sure the tiles are level. Continue installing tiles below the first row, trimming tiles that butt against the countertop as needed. Install an edge border if it is needed in your layout. Mosaic sheets normally do not have bullnose tiles on the edges, so if you don’t wish to see the cut edges of the outer tiles, install a vertical column of edge tiles at the end of the backsplash area. When the tiles are in place, make sure they are flat and firmly embedded by laying a beating block against the tile and rapping it lightly with a mallet. Remove the spacers. Allow the mastic to dry for at least 24 hours, or as directed by the manufacturer. Mix the grout and apply it with a rubber grout float. Spread it over the tiles, keeping the float at a low 30° angle, pressing the grout deep into the joints. Wipe off excess grout, holding the float at a right angle to the tile, working diagonally so as not to remove grout from the joints. Clean excess grout with a damp sponge. When the grout has dried to a haze, buff the tile clean with a soft cloth. Apply a bead of caulk between the countertop and the tiles. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Transform your home with confidence using our step-by-step methods for perfectly installed tile!Installing tile is one of the most popular DIY projects out there. It is a fun skill to have, is relatively easy to learn, and can save you a bundle of cash if you do it on your own! You can work at just about any pace you find comfortable, and the results can utterly transform a room. Most commonly used on bathroom and entryway floors and walls, tile has many other useful applications, including kitchen countertops and backsplashes. Exterior tile for patios can be permanently bonded to a concrete base or loose-set over a stable subsurface. Ceramic tile is the most common choice, but porcelain, terra cotta, stone, glass, and even new products made from recycled materials are perfect for adding a new look to any space. Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Tile 4th Edition includes clear, step-by-step information on how to design and install all types of tile in just about any project you can imagine. The new, updated material in this 4th edition includes: – Installing a curbless shower and wet-room floor in a bathroom – Brand-new wall tiling sequences – An expanded shopper guide for all interior and exterior tile options – New information on common repair jobs, including regrouting – Exciting decorative projects for crafty DIYers Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.