How to Install a Kitchen Backsplash

by | on Mar 09, 2023

How to Install a Kitchen Backsplash

A backsplash is a great way to protect the gap between your cabinets and countertop. A stylish backsplash will also add a cool aesthetic to your bathroom or kitchen. 

If your room lacks a backsplash or has seen better days, it may be time for a replacement. You may want to call in a contractor to install a new backsplash. But if you are handy, you can DIY the process. This article will explain the steps you will need to take. 

Measure Your Wall

  • Measure your wall to determine its square footage. This will tell you how many tiles you will need. 

Clear Your Space

  • Ensure you can work unobstructed by clearing all appliances and cookware from the area. 
  • Disconnect the stove and shut off nearby electrical outlets for safety. 
  • Place a drop cloth on your countertop to protect it from debris. 
  • Tape off the underside of cabinets to keep the surfaces clean. 

Prepare the Wall

  • Prepare the wall by removing old grout and tiles. 
  • Patch holes with spackling paste. Use sandpaper to ensure the surface is smooth. 
  • Use soap and water to clean off any dirt. 

Pre-Lay tile

  • Mark your starting and end points. 
  • Place tile across the wall, working outward and upward. 
  • A level will help you keep the tile even. 

Prepare Mortar

  • Use a thin-set mortar for natural stone and mosaic tile. 
  • Prepare according to package directions. 
  • Be aware that you will need to use the mortar within 4 hours after it is mixed. 

Apply Mortar

  • Apply the mortar by spreading a thin layer of it on the wall with the flat side of a trowel.
  • Press at a 45-degree angle, ensuring the mortar adheres to the wall. 
  • Add extra mortar to the trowel using the notched edge. 
  • Comb even ridges in one direction. 

Lay Tile and Pre-Seal

  • Press the tiles along the wall following the lines you made in your pre-lay. 
  • Add tile spaces to keep the tile in line. 
  • Slightly rock the sheet up and down perpendicular to the trowel lines to collapse the ridges and help the tile settle into place. 
  • Flatten the tile with a grout float if necessary. 

Grout & Seal

  • Wipe the counters clean and remove all spacers. 
  • Mix the grout according to the package directions. 
  • Apply with a grout float at a 45-degree angle. Work diagonally. 
  • Wipe off excess with a grout float held at a 90-degree angle. 
  • Use a damp sponge to remove the grout from the surface of the tiles

Seal the Grout

  • Let the grout dry thoroughly (1-3 days).
  • Apply a grout sealer to protect the backsplash from staining. Let it dry. 
  • Add a small amount of latex caulk to the space between your backsplash and countertop. 

It is possible to install a backsplash yourself. But if you want to make sure your backsplash comes out perfectly, consider hiring a professional. All Cabinets is here to help. 

All Cabinets is a provider of excellent service and quality products. We are prompt, reliable, and affordable. Contact us to find out how we can help you attain the kitchen of your dreams.