How to install a glass tile backsplash in your kitchen

I love my kitchen, it is one of those HUGE kitchens which everyone is envious of – with a breakfast bar with integrated hob and under counter fridge, room for a huge toy unit containing all the kids craft equipment and a large majority of their toys and even a large dining room table and chairs.

It’s even large enough that both children learnt to ride their bikes in it and when their bikes were on the smaller side (like them) they could do laps of the kitchen – perfect for amusing them on rainy days.

I would love to change the kitchen units in their as those were chosen by the previous owners and are not really my style, I’ve been searching around over at Kitchen Warehouse who has some lovely options which really don’t break the bank either.

Other changes I have been making include painting the walls yellow to give a brighter feel to the room, adding brighter accessories such as a bright blue bin and microwave which doesn’t have paint chipping off the side. I would love an American Fridge Freezer and really want to rearrange things to fit in a dryer but those are expensive jobs for another day.

One of the quicker jobs I did do was to replace the tiles behind my sink and food preparation areas, and I surprised myself with just how easy it actually was. So much so I thought I would share the process with you.

Glass Tiles in sheet form


Planning Ahead Of Time

This is the time where you will need to choose the material, in this case, glass, the colour – there are loads of colours to choose from (so you will need to think about what works best within your room – you may even use this opportunity to brighten up the room by adding vibrant or bold colours), the size of the tiles, as well as how many sheets you will need. Ask your local home improvement store to help you figure out how many sheets you will need and they can give you an approximate figure. Just remember; sometimes it’s better to have one or two sheets over just incase you break one or have misjudged the amount needed, or perhaps you can save them for spare just incase  you may need to reinstall a tile or two at a later date.

Some people choose to just backsplash up to 4 inches, while others go up 8-12 and others do the entire wall!  It depends on what you have time and money for and the design look you are going for.

Prepping The Walls

Make sure that you sand away or scrape away any old paint, paint chips, etc. And clean the entire wall with a warm but damp sponge. You will also need to fill in any holes, nicks, and gaps in the wall. You need it to be as flat and smooth as possible so when you put the adhesive on the wall, usually a thin set, it will stick to the wall properly and the tile will stick to that properly.

Working Around Objects

If you need to work around outlets or plugs, you can cut the sheet with scissors; however, if you need to cut the actual tile, you will need to use nippers or a tile cutter. If not, then move on to the next step and think yourself very lucky – although it isn’t hard it can be fiddly and time consuming.

Adding Grout To The Wall

Unlike floor tiles or tiles on the walls that are used individually, these sheets don’t need to be spaced and you don’t place the grout between the spaces (because there aren’t any!). Instead, you mix your grout up and then slather it all over the wall and get it between the spaces in between the actual tiles. You’ll see what I mean once you have the sheets in your hands! You really need to push down hard with your trowel so that the grout gets between every single space and groove and crevice. Spread it all over the wall. Let it dry. Then take a sponge with warm water and a bucket and wipe the wall clean. You will need to do this several times to get all the extra grout that is on the tiles off, so it will take quite some time to do.

Once you are done washing it down, step back and look at the beautiful masterpiece you created. It’s easy, fun, budget friendly and once you do this in the kitchen you can then also do other parts of the room like the laundry room behind the basin and the bathroom behind the sink!

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