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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Apply Thinset Adhesive

Apply thinset to a small area of the wall at the centerline. Start at the bottom of the wall, holding your trowel at an angle so the V-grooves cut into the thinset giving it a grooved texture which will help to grip the tiles. Wipe thinset onto the wall in sweeping motion, being careful to only apply enough adhesive that can be covered by a few tiles at a time.

Add Glass Tiles

Place tiles over thinset, pressing them evenly into the adhesive. Use the centerline as visual reference to keep your tile application level as you continue to apply tiles. Work in a small area at a time, adding adhesive and tile until you reach the top of the area to be tiled. If the thinset begins to set before you apply tiles, just scrape it off and re-apply. Optional: To assist in placing the tiles evenly with consistent grout lines, use tile spacers to separate them.

Cut Remaining Tiles to Fit

Mark the last row of tile with a wax pencil to the appropriate size and cut the tile with a glass tile cutter.

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