Fast Fix: Kitchens

Kitchen Update: Add a Glass Tile Backsplash

Adding a high-end glass tile backsplash is a lot easier than you may think, and it makes a tremendous difference in your kitchen's style.

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Materials Needed:

  • opaque glass tile
  • non-sanded grout
  • thinset adhesive
  • V-notched trowel
  • level
  • sandpaper
  • glass tile cutter
  • tile spacers (optional)
  • wax pencil
  • bucket
  • sponge
  • rubber grout float

Eliminate Power

Turn off power to all walls where you'll be working and remove outlet covers on the area to be tiled.

Prep the Wall

Using 80- or 90-grit sandpaper, thoroughly sand the backsplash area to be tiled. Wipe walls with a damp rag to remove any loose debris. Find the visual center of the wall. This is where you will begin tiling. Use a level to draw a centerline through the visual center.

Dry Fit Tiles

Make sure you understand how your tile will lay out, and that you will be happy with the fit by doing a dry layout on the floor before adhering tile to wall.

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