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Create a Stunning Backsplash in your Kitchen

by Valyrie Ellis, Realtor,GRI,MRP,SRES 05/31/2020


 Photo by P_Kennedy123 via Pixabay

The word is out! Tile is back, and we couldn't be happier. No other medium finishes the look of a kitchen like a tile backsplash. And regardless of your skill level, with a little patience, almost anyone can create a stunning tile backsplash. Here's how it's done!

What you'll need

  • Tile of choice
  • Grout
  • Trowel
  • Thin-set mortar
  • Level 
  • Rubber float
  • Sponge
  • 1X4" ledger board
  • Spacers 

Choose your tile

Tiles come in all sizes, mediums and configurations. When choosing a tile, consider how well it fits within your overall kitchen style, any maintenance requirements and installation difficulty level.

Some materials include:

  • Natural stone
  • Ceramic
  • Concrete
  • Stainless steel
  • Glass

If you're looking for less of a challenge or are short on time, you can take shortcuts and still create a durable and beautiful backsplash you'll love. Look for tiles that are peel & stick such as subway tiles or groupings of small tiles bound together in a grid. 

Prep the area

Look under cabinets and across the wall to see if dust, grease or cobwebs linger. You'll want those out of your way before you begin. Let the wall dry entirely if you need to use a damp cloth.

If the backsplash isn't resting against the back of a countertop, use your level to align and nail a temporary 1X4" board to the wall to support the lowest layer of tiles while they cure. 

*Pro tip* Read instructions provided by the tile manufacturer. They may have additional prep and installation advice specific to their product. Don't ignore it!

Plan your layout

Before you lay a single drop of mortar, plan and measure. Make sure you have the right number of tiles, including cut half tiles, if necessary.

Mix & apply the mortar

Always start at the bottom and work your way up, leaving 1/8 inch gap at the bottom to allow for expansion. Apply the thin-set with the trowel in a wavy motion, covering only a small section at a time.

Then begin placing your tiles with a slight twist to engrain the adhesive. Use your rubber float to press down on tiles evenly and then add a spacer between each to both hold them in place and ensure they're equally set apart. Repeat until your entire tile backsplash is in place.

Set & grout

Let the backsplash cure for at least 24 hours from the moment you set the last tile. Then remove your spacers and mix up your grout. Completely cover the tiles, ensuring it works its way between them. After 10 minutes, clean the surfaces of your tiles with a moist sponge, leaving the grout behind.

And you've just created a tile backsplash. For more fun and affordable ways to enhance your home, follow our blog.

About the Author
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Valyrie Ellis, Realtor,GRI,MRP,SRES

Val has been a premier and award-winning real estate agent in Frederick County for more than 25 years and has called Frederick County home for 30 years. She has witnessed and weathered the ups and downs of the real estate market, so whether you are a buyer, seller, investor, or need assistance leasing your property, Val can provide you with all the resources and information you need to make your real estate transaction as stress-free and easy as possible. Val works with buyers and sellers in all of Frederick and Washington Counties. Living in the Historic District of Downtown Frederick, she is very familiar with the history of our town, as well as what makes it such a fun and special place to live! As a Military spouse of 20 years, she is both familiar with, and can empathize with our Military families during their PCS move. She holds the MRP (Military Relocation Professional) designation. Val's other specialty designations are SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) and GRI designation, (Graduate of Realtor Institute), which is only possessed by less than 10% of all agents nationwide. Val is passionate about animals, in particular dogs, and is a board member and very active member of Tara's House dog rescue. She can help you and your furry family members find the perfect place to call home. Val will "Cover all the bases" to get you and your fur friends HOME!