We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. It is not only where we prepare meals, it is also where we snack, have our morning coffee, and even just have a relaxing chat with a friend. So why don’t we spend some time making it look great?
The simple answer for some people is because it is too hard. They don’t know how to make a kitchen that looks outdated leap into the current century. Well, don’t be discouraged anymore! A simple update that will make any kitchen look terrific is adding a glass tile backsplash. And it is easy to do!
Step One: Find your backsplash
Most hardware stores have tons of options to choose from so take stock of the current color scheme of your kitchen and find something that you think would fit well. The multi-color options that provide a subtle pattern are especially attractive.
Step Two: Prep your wall
To really make the backsplash look seamless, you will need to remove appliances and install a temporary ledger. Make sure to use a level to keep everything straight.
Choose a focal point, usually at the center of your oven/range, and mark it with a piece of tape. This will serve as the starting point for the adhesion of your backsplash.
Next, line up the tiles on the wall in order to identify where you will need to make your cuts. Follow the age-old adage, “measure twice and cut once” to avoid unnecessary cuts. You can always press the tiles slightly together or stretch them slightly to make the tiles fit more snugly in your desired section.
Step Three: Apply the Thinset
Mix thinset in a easy to hold container and, beginning at the center point, spread the thinset across the surface you will tile. Try to use the edge of your trowel to achieve a thickness of about ¼ in. The thicker you go, the more there will be to press through the spaces in the tiles; the thinner your thinset layer, the more risk there is that the tiles will not set.
Step Four: Placing Your Tiles
Place your tile sheets into the thinset layer and lightly press them to ensure a strong bond. You can also use a flat hard-cover book or a piece of wood placed flat over the tiles and hit it lightly with a hammer in order to get the tiles to adhere completely.
Step Five: The Grand Finale
Peel the paper off the tiles by first wetting the paper and then peeling carefully from one of the corners. The tiles could be a little dirty so take a wet cloth and gently clean them. Then, apply your grout and wait for everything to set. Replace any appliances you removed and step back and admire your beautiful new kitchen!