How to Install a Kitchen Backsplash

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Yesterday I gave you an updated tour of our kitchen but today I gave you a little peek behind the backsplash screen of our white subway tile. We really decided to DIY, our first tile project. Horrible? Yes Really worth it? Bigger yes. The best part? Our friend gave us a good lesson on how to install a kitchen backsplash. One of the reasons I’m glad we took this project ourselves (with lots of help from our friend Nick) is the cost.

We don’t have a small kitchen but the whole backsplash costs around $ 250, and that includes enough leftovers for our waiter’s kitchen. That’s a lot of surface area for installing kitchen backsplash. To begin removing all electrical outlet covers. Then you will want to measure the space between your desk and the bottom of the cupboard. We measure all the space on the wall and mark it with permanent markers (it will eventually be covered by tiles).

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Then you have to cut the edges of your metal with strong scissors to fit the height. Note: we decided to use metal edges instead of tile edges for several reasons. As beginners, it gives us an edge so it’s clean to work with. Also, even though in the end it is almost invisible, a little metal is compatible with our stainless steel equipment. Next comes the time to prepare the mortar. We only follow the instructions on the bag for measurement.

We use a large mixer and a bucket to mix. Make sure you don’t make too many mortars at one time. It will start to dry out as soon as it is mixed! After you get a small section with a mortar, go ahead and place your metal trim and press it in place. Then you can start laying the first set of tile flush with the top of your table and flush right with the metal trim. Then it’s time to cut the slices to fill the gap. We lift a piece of white subway tile in place and mark the cut mark with a marker.

Now it’s time to start cutting. We have a wet saw set outside for this. I have never used a wet saw before, but it seems easy enough if you have ever used a regular table saw (only wetter, right?). My biggest advice is slow. You also need additional tiles, believe me. Some will cut or cut you will only die. No big deal, just plan. We place the filler pieces in the gap and hold them in place with spacers. This will be your best friend. Trust me. Buy lots of them.