Turn power off
Before you begin make sure you turn off the power to the outlets in your kitchen.
Prepare the wall surface
Prepare the wall surface. It's important to get all the loose debris, like paper and old glue cleaned off the wall.
Find the wall studs
Locate the wall studs and drill in the 3” drywall screws. About one every 4”. This will help tighten up the drywall.
Reinforce corners with fiberglass tape
Use fiberglass tape to reinforce corners and any weak or broken areas of drywall.
Apply layer of tile adhesive
Apply a very thin layer of tile adhesive to the wall and let it dry. The adhesive penetrates into the paper of the drywall and fuses it together, making it more rigid.
Create a vertical border
Create a vertical border by using a single row of tile. Cut two individual tiles for the top and bottom spaces.
Spread adhesive with trowel
Using the trowel spread the adhesive evenly over the wall surface.
Note: Use an 1/8" notched trowel when working with thin tile. For thick glass or tile use a 3/16" notch trowel.
Press tile into the adhesive
Press the tile into the adhesive from the bottom up.
Tamp the tile
Use the float to tamp the tile in securely and evenly.
Cut tile for light switches, outlets and windows
Carefully measure, mark and cut the areas using the drywall knife and wet saw for light switches, outlets and windows. Dry tiles thoroughly after cutting with the wet saw.
Note: Always wear eye protection when using a wet saw and keep your fingers as far away from the blade as possible.
Back butter individual tiles for placement
When using individual tiles, apply a small amount of adhesive directly to the tile and use spacers to maintain even spacing in the grout lines.
Tip: Wash tools in water frequently to maintain a clean edge.
Inspect completely tiled backsplash
After the backsplash is completely tiled, inspect carefully. Clean any excess adhesive and use spacers to be sure all grout lines are even.
Allow adhesive to set
Allow adhesive to set overnight.
Mix grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Press grout into the joints
Press the grout into the joints using the rubber float. Use the edge of the float to lightly lift off any excess grout.
Note: Check with the tile manufacturer for sealer recommendations.
Wipe clean with a damp sponge.