Create A Tile Backsplash That Matches The Flooring In Your Kitchen

Create a backsplash in your kitchen that matches your tile floor. Tile is easy to keep clean and the backsplash will protect the walls from moisture and messes when you are preparing food. The following steps will teach you how to make one that will be the perfect finishing touch to your kitchen.

Materials

  • tiles
  • border tiles
  • tile cutter
  • measuring tape
  • tile adhesive
  • notched trowel
  • foam brush
  • grout 
  • grout float 
  • bucket of water
  • sponge
  • pencil

Preparation

Measure the area that you will be using to determine how many tiles you will need. Mark this section with a pencil. If full tiles won't fit in the edges of the area, they can be cut with tile cutters. Use your measuring tape to assist with cutting the tiles evenly. If you are not comfortable with cutting the tiles on your own, you can bring them to the business where they were purchased and have them professionally cut for a small fee.

Another option is to use border tiles in the sections where full sized tiles won't work. Border tiles are smaller pieces that will match your design. They will create a sharp, clean edge for the backsplash.

Application

Dip the notched trowel into the tile adhesive, making sure that it is evenly coated. Hold the trowel straight and apply the adhesive at the bottom portion of the wall, moving it across from left to right. The notched sections will create marks on the wall that resemble lines. The notches will ensure the correct amount of adhesive is applied to the wall. Begin in one of the bottom corners. Apply a tile, pressing it down firmly into the adhesive. Continue across until the row is complete. Fill in the rest of the section with adhesive and the full-sized tiles.

When you get to the last row, you can either apply a row of tiles that have been cut or the border tiles. Apply these ones in the same manner. Allow the adhesive to dry for several hours. Read the back of the adhesive container to determine how long you may need to wait for this to occur.

Grouting

Grout is used to fill the joints between each tile. You can use sanded grout or traditional grout. Choose a color that will match well with the color of the tiles. Apply this material with a grout float. This is a special tool that will make it easy for you to press the grout in between the adjoining pieces. Once each seam is filled, run a foam brush over all of the tiles. This will smooth out the grout in case some seams have too much.

Wait a few minutes for the grout to set. Wipe off the surface of the tiles with a damp sponge. By doing so, excess grout will be removed. Enjoy the added beauty and functionality that the coordinated sections of your kitchen provide. Talk to your local interior designer, such as Interiors Plus, for more information.

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