3 DIY Actions to Take to Make Your Kitchen Look Brand New – Part 2

Welcome back!  Last time I posted about painting my cabinets.  This post is going to talk all about tiling your wall in the backsplash area.  This part is a little more difficult than painting cabinets, but it’s still doable.  It’s going to be a little more expense if you’ve never tiled before because you’ll have to purchase some extra items.

I will tell you, this is the first time I’ve ever done tile work and I think mine turned out pretty good.  If a professional came over, I’m sure they’d beg to differ, but I think it looks good and so does my husband so I’m thinking we’re good with that.  🙂  I even got complimented by my kids for the job.

We left off last time with me stripping the wallpaper.  That was pretty easy.  Then I moved on to the tile.  I had NO IDEA what exactly I wanted to do when I headed out the door to Home Depot.  I had several ideas and was just going to price compare.  I thought I would look for those sticky tiles that have the super adhesive to them and you just cut and paste.  Those would be easy, wouldn’t they?  Then I thought about finding those sheets that look like metal to put up.  I thought those would be super easy too.

Then I got to looking at the price on those…WOWZA!!!  Ok, let me look at the tiles.  Can I really do this?  So I ended up getting the glass tile.  After “Pinterest”ing for about an hour while I was in the store, I thought, yep, I can do this.

Here’s what I walked out with.

  • Glass tile – Make sure you measure the space before you go.  Always get a couple extra sheets of the tile in case you mess up or there are weird cuts that have to be made.  You can always take back what you don’t use.IMG_4570
  • Premixed grout
  • Sponge
  • Floating tool
  • Paint scraper – for applying grout to tile
  • Tile snipping/cutting tool
  • Adhesive – I was able to find this in a huge roll that was more than I needed, but cheaper than the sheets.  I asked the guy that was working what he knew about the product.  I really thought it was too good to be true.  He said it had great reviews and many people had been happy with it.
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

So once you have everything you need, you’re ready to start!

  1. Cut the pieces of the adhesive strips to fit your space.  The one thing that the lovely guy helping me at Home Depot told me was once you get this adhesive on, you want to get the tile sheets on as fast as you can.  This isn’t necessarily a “do this today and finish up tomorrow or the next day” process.  He said he would try to get it all done in one day or at the worst over night and get it done first thing the next day.
  2. Stick to the wall.  I followed the instructions on the box for this.  Press on firmly and make sure it really sticks.  You want to make sure you are getting these on right because if you try to peel it back off, it will pull part of the drywall off too.  When you finish sticking to the wall, leave the paper on the adhesive and work the next steps in small sections.
  3. Cut your tile sheet to fit the area.  Work in 2-3 feet sections.  When you get several pieces cut you’re ready to apply.
  4. Pull back white sheet from adhesive and begin placing the tile sheets on the wall.  Press firmly on the tile sheet to make sure it really gets attached to the adhesive.  Only peel back the white paper for the amount of wall space you are ready to tile.  You want as little air as possible to access the adhesive.
  5. Once your tile is up, you are ready to grout.  Using your scraper, get a small-ish amount of grout and place on the tile.  Using your floating tool, spread the grout in the spaces between the tiles.  This is time consuming and requires a lot of patience.  I will tell you that I thought this part would be a lot easier and quicker than I thought it did.  Kinda like labor… 🙂
  6. Grout your small area and wipe the tiles with a damp, not wet, sponge.  This will clean the tiles but leave the grout in the spaces.  There are parts in the picture below where I hadn’t yet wiped the grout off or put grout in the spaces.  I was just snapping the picture to show my hubs.IMG_4334
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 until your area is done.

I have to say I am totally pleased with how this turned out, especially since I’m a rookie at tile work.

Have you ever tiled your backsplash?  How’d it go?

Stay tuned for part 3 coming soon!!!


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