How to Install a Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Add color to your kitchen by installing a tile backsplash.

HDSWT-203_TileBacksplash_After

HDSWT-203_TileBacksplash_After

Materials and Tools:

30 square-feet of tile for backsplash
one bag grout
one bucket of mastic
NOTE: Amount of materials will vary depending on size of your kitchen backsplash.
bucket
grout float
level
mastic trowel
measuring tape and pencil

Steps:

1. Begin by measuring the height and width of the backsplash to determine the square footage and thus, how much tile you'll need. Add 10 percent to account for waste.

2. Start the installation at the most visible part of the backsplash. It may be an open edge, a corner or a window. Start there and work out. This way, the most visually apparent part of the wall is well-centered.

HDSWT-203_TileBacksplash1

HDSWT-203_TileBacksplash1

3. Apply tiles first along the countertop, and then cut the top tiles in. This will make the cut tiles less noticeable. Spread the mastic with the trowel, being sure to go over it with the toothed side of the trowel. The teeth make sure that the proper amount of mastic stays on the wall.

HDSWT-203_TileBacksplash5

HDSWT-203_TileBacksplash5

4. Press the tile into the mastic, and bump it slightly with the rubber mallet to set it firmly. Make sure to keep the joint lines between tiles consistent.

5 Once all the full tiles are in, go back and do the cutting. To cut the tile, slide the tile slowly through the wet-saw along your mark. The water in the saw keeps the blade cool and keeps the dust to a minimum.

6. Wait at least 12 hours before touching the tile.

HDSWT-203_TileGrout45

HDSWT-203_TileGrout45

7. Mix the grout per the instructions, and start to apply. Using the grout float, press the grout into the joints by moving diagonally across the joint at a 45-degree angle. Scrape as much off the face of the tile as possible.

HDSWT-203_TileBacksplash8

HDSWT-203_TileBacksplash8

8. Using a wet sponge, clean the tile as much as possible. You’ll have to do this several times, using clean water each time.

9. Clean the tile using a dry cloth to remove the grout haze.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Outdoor Kitchen Island with Concrete Countertop

A sturdy cooking center turns a plain barbecue area into a stylish outdoor kitchen.

Outdated Kitchen Remodel

A small, outdated kitchen gets a do-it-yourself facelift including refaced cabinets, new countertops and a stainless-steel backsplash.

Installing a Tile Backsplash in Your Kitchen

Steve Watson and the Don't Sweat It crew take on a kitchen makeover for a busy family of three. The third project in this kitchen remodel: adding a unique tile backsplash.

How to Install a Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Learn how easy it is to install a kitchen tile backsplash with these step-by-step instructions.

Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Create a fun mosaic tile kitchen backsplash with these simple do-it-yourself ideas.

Mosaic Tile Backsplash Ideas

Explore mosaic tile backsplash ideas, and get ready to install an attractive and visually diverse backsplash in your home.

Mosaic Backsplashes

Browse ideas for mosaic backsplashes, and prepare to add an attractive and efficient backsplash to your kitchen.

How to Install Ceiling Tiles as a Backsplash

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

Self-Adhesive Backsplash Tiles

Simplicity and budget-friendliness are two winning characteristics of self-adhesive backsplash tiles.

How to Create A Colorful Glass Tile Backsplash

Create a custom kitchen backsplash with inexpensive glass tiles and marbles. This colorful, geometric design will give your kitchen a bright, fresh look.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.