DIY Striped Tile Backsplash

DIY Striped Tile Backsplash

Jazz up your kitchen backsplash with glass tiles arranged in a colorful striped pattern.


5 col

Difficulty
Easy

Materials
(20) 12” x 12” glass tile sheets – 3 colors of choice (quantity will vary depending on the size of your wall)
Pre-mixed grout
Bag of tile spacers
Tile mastic (glue for tiles)
Notched tile trowel
Rubber gloves
Scissors
Tape measure
12” level
Painter’s tape
Large sponge
Extra large bucket of water
(4) Dry rags
Drop cloth

Instructions
*For this backsplash, the wall was 44” width and 54” height. Using tile sheets with 1” x 5 3/4” tiles, we had 9 rows of 41 tiles per row to fill the wall

1. Measure the length and height of your wall to determine how many tiles across and how many tiles up you will need for your space. If it looks like an exact number of tiles won’t fit all the way across or up, consider centering the tiles and leaving an even space of untiled wall on either side or at the top of the backsplash

2. Decide on a pattern using a combination of your chosen tile colors to fit the length of the wall. Tile sheets are tiles attached together with a mesh backing. The sheets can easily be cut with scissors to change the quantity in a row. For our 44” width wall, we cut tile sheets into the following sizes to make a pattern of 41 tiles across in 3 colors, allowing just enough space for grout between the tiles (See image below)

3. Apply a strip of painter’s tape to the countertop beneath where you’ll install the tile backsplash to use as a guideline for tiling in a straight line. Check with a 12” level that the countertop and painter tape is straight. If the countertop isn’t quite level, adjust the painter’s tape so it is level with the wall rather than the countertop. This will ensure the first row of tiles isn’t attached on a slope. Protect the countertop with a drop cloth (See image below)

ADDING THE TILES:

4. Put on rubber gloves. Use the tile trowel to scoop up a plum-size amount of tile mastic. Spread the mastic on the lowest part of the wall, starting on the far left and spreading it to the right. Use the notches in the trowel to make a thin and corrugated layer of mastic (See images below)

Expert Tip: Only a thin, even layer of mastic is needed to hold the tiles to the wall. If it’s spread on too thickly, it will squish through the gaps between the tiles where grout needs to be applied in later steps.

5. Press the first partial tile sheet to the mastic so it is flush with the wall and the bottom of the tiling area. Check with a 12” level that it’s straight (See image below)

6. Add more mastic, if needed, to the wall next to the first tiles and press the second partial tile sheet next to the first (See images below)

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7. Place small tile spacers between the tiles to help maintain even spaces between them while the mastic dries. The most important places to have spacers are between the different partial sheets and rows (See image below)

8. Continue adding mastic, tiles and spacers along the wall in the pattern of your choice until you reach the end of the first row. Check with a 12” level that the tiles are still following a straight and even line (See image below)

9. Once the first row of tiles is on the wall, apply a thin layer of mastic on the wall above the tiles. Lay a second row of tiles to correspond with the first row following Steps 4-8 (See images below)

10. Continue adding rows of tiles until the wall is completely tiled. Carefully wipe off any excess mastic from the front of the tiles using a dry rag. Allow the mastic to cure for at least 24 hours before moving onto the next step

11. Remove all the tile spacers from between the tiles and discard

GROUTING THE TILES:

12. Put on rubber gloves. Scoop handfuls of pre-mixed grout and rub it over the tiles. Focus on pressing the grout in all the gaps between the tiles. The grout will dry out within 20-30 minutes of being applied so it’s important to work fast and move on to Step 12 as soon as possible (See images below)

13. As soon as gaps between the tiles are filled with grout and before the grout dries completely, take a large sponge and an extra large bucket of water and wipe excess grout off of the tiles. Keep rinsing out the sponge and wiping the tiles until most of the excess grout is gone. Use dry rags to wipe off the remaining grout until the tiles are clean (See images below)

Allow the grout to cure for at least 24 hours before exposing the tiled area to water or excessive heat.

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