How to Install Ceiling Tiles as a Backsplash

Use metallic ceiling tiles to create an attention-grabbing backsplash in the kitchen.


Metallic ceiling tiles make a charming yet contemporary backsplash.

Metallic ceiling tiles make a charming yet contemporary backsplash.

Materials and Tools:

ceiling tile
DAP Adhesive
cone head ceiling tile nails
clear kitchen and bath silicone caulk
measuring tape
tin snips or tin scissors
1/2-inch drill bit

Because this is a wet area, we do not want any punctures in the material. Therefore, the application for the backsplash is slightly different from the application on a ceiling.


1. Measure out the backsplash area. Make sure you are not going to be left with any small pieces at the ends. Account for any switches along the wall panel and cut corresponding holes (if necessary) into the tiles. To cut out the holes for the switches, you will need to drill holes into the corners of your markings for them. You will use this as a starting point for your snips or scissors. Make sure your drill stays inside your marks so you don't ruin your panel.

2. Dry fit all your panels before you begin affixing them to the wall. 

3. Peel off the protective layer of the tiles. 

4. Start at the inside corner and work your way out so that the edges will seem to disappear as you look at the backsplash. 

5. Spread the adhesive liberally on the back of each tile as you work, making sure to stay approximately 1 inch from the edges so the adhesive doesn't spill over during application. 

6. To adhere the tile into place, angle it so that the bottom portion remains in place behind the countertop (to avoid damaging the countertop). Then push the backsplash into the wall.

7. To create a tighter bond, gently peel the top portion of the backsplash from the wall. The contacted piece will attract air between the two layers, so by pulling it off and then sliding it into place, it won't lose contact with the wall. The key is to line up the lapping edge in the right spot.

8. Add a bead of clear silicone kitchen and bath caulk where the tiles and countertop meet to stop any moisture from getting behind the wall and cabinet.

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