This post is a continuation of a post Mood Boosting Home Makeover Ideas.
The walls behind your kitchen counter, by the sink, and behind the stove, often get splashed by the food you are cooking. It happens to the best of us! – I am guilty of dropping the pans with sauces in more often than not and splashing the sauce all over the place.
Cleaning this mess off a regular plaster wall even with paint can be a difficult task and over time, the paint can begin to rub off and discolour. Because of this, there is an option available to you that will make cleaning up easier, but also change the look of your entire kitchen! That option is a backsplash.
Right now, glass tile backsplashes in the kitchen are really trendy and they look really cool too. They are also pretty easy to install, even for a DIY project. The secret is to use sheets of tile, rather than individual tiles. Not only are these easier to install, but they are much cheaper too. Below, you will find some tips on how to go about this project.
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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