Glass mosaic tile backsplash is a trend that is going to stay popular for a long time. Here is our little guide on how to install it at home, by yourself. Read on to know the easy steps to transform your home into a paradise.
The kitchen can be the wealthiest part of your home, and that is where you should put most of your concern while designing the house. We spend most of our time in the kitchen, and there is a lot of room for incorporating beautiful designs. Therefore, here we are with some ideas to install a mosaic tile backsplash into your kitchen for a revamped look.
Whether you are looking to add an illusion of a bigger kitchen or just want to spruce things up a little, tiles can make or break the job. It might scare you to all the tiling by yourself. But, these steps will make it easier for you. Replacing or adding backsplash tiles on your own in the kitchen is a job as easy as boiling water. So wait no more, and let’s get started.
Step 1: Gather your tools
Keep yourself equipped with all the tools necessary for the makeover. The tools you’ll need for kitchen backsplash tile include:
- Glass mosaic tiles
- Toothed or V trowel
- Clear acrylic caulk
- Tile mastic
- Tile spacers.
Some tools that you might also need in the middle of the process are:
- Scrap wood
- Scrap newspaper
- A measuring tape
- Painters tape
- A level
Step 2: Clear things up
You’ll need a clear space for working on the kitchen backsplash tile. Therefore, clear things up from the kitchen like your fridge, range, or all the things that you can move temporarily to any other space of your home. You’ll need a clean workstation before you begin working.
Even remove any hanging things attached to the wall, including light fixtures, hanging shelves, etc.
Step 3: Measure your tiles
Beginning from the central focal point, lay out the tile sheets on the wall you are working on. You can use an old piece of plywood to measure the gap in the wall and cut the tile in the exact size.
Step 4: Sand your wall
After outlining the right size of a mosaic tile backsplash, you’ll need to start with preparing the wall. You can use sandpaper to roughly sand the surface to provide enough grip on the tiles. It should take only 5-10 minutes.
Step 5: Apply your tile mastic.
Spread the mastic on the work area using the smooth side of the trowel. Do it in a curving motion. Use the toothed edge of your trowel to cut through the mastic to make it appear textured. If it hardens up, keep a wet sponge by your side to weaken it down.
Step 6: Mount your glass mosaic tile
Quickly after you apply the mastic, mount the tiles on the wall. Get the hammer to beat on the corners of the mosaic tile backsplash. Then you can blunt the blow using a piece of wood.
Also, make sure that you keep tile spacers between the ledger and tiles and the counter’s edge. You can seal this gap with caulk later.
Leave it for 24 hours.
Step 7: Apply grout
Apply grout over tiles in 3 feet sections at once. Let it semi-dry, and then take a sponge to wipe off the grout from the tiles, which leaves the grout in the gaps between the tiles.
Step 8: Finish up
Now, caulk around the sides of the tiles and let them dry for about 12-24 hours. Then you can remove all your newspaper and put all things back and clean the kitchen.
After a few weeks or so, you’ll need to use grout sealant to the kitchen backsplash tiles, and you are all done!