There are few spaces in you home with as much potential for creativity and visual impact as the space between your kitchen countertop and your cupboards. A well designed backsplash can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary . Tiles for the backsplash can be require backerboard . When purchasing the tile , order 10 percent extra to cover breakage and cutting. Remove the switch and receptacle coverlets and install box extenders to make up for the extra thickness of the tile .Protect the countertop from scratches by covering it with a drop cloth during the installation .
Tool and Material
Level , Tape measure, Pencil, Tile Cutter , Notched trowel , Rubber grout float, Rubber mallet, Sponge , Story stick , Tile spacers, Wall tile , Mastic adhesive, Masking tape, Grout , Caulk , Drop cloth , Caulk gun, Carpet Scrap, Buff Cloth , Protective equipment
Contemporary glass mosaic sheets create a counter to cabinet back splash for a water proof .
Make a story by making a board at the least half as long as the backsplash area to match 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 countertop may not be level and therefore is not a reliable reference line . Run a level along the countertop to find the lowest point on the top countertop. Mark a point two tiles up from the low point and extend a level line across the entire work area.
Variation :Diagonal Layout . Mark vertical and horizontal reference lines, measure sure the angle 90 degrees . To establish diagonal layout lines , measure out equal distances from the
crosspoint , and then connect the points with a line . Additional layout lines can be extended from these as needed.
Apply mastic adhesive evenly to the area the horizontal reference line using a notched trowel. Comb the adhesive horizontal with the notched edge.
Press tiles into the adhesive with a slight twisting motion. If the the tiles are not self spacing , use plastic spacers to maintain even grout lines . If the tiles do not hang in place entitle 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 it is needed in your layout . Mosaic sheets normally do not have bull nose tiles on the edges of the outlet tiles not the edges, so if you don’t with to see the cut edges of the outer tiles, install a vertical column of edges tiles at the end of the backsplash area.