If you want your bathroom or kitchen to have a new, elegant look you will want to install a glass tile backsplash.
Not only does installing a glass tile backsplash help to add character to the style of the room, but it will also be a great weekend project for the do it yourself homeowner. This project will take about a weekend to complete.
The Materials You Need
Before you get started on a project like this, you will want to gather all the materials that you will need first. Just for the backsplash you will need the glass tiles. Caps, corners, snips, and a glass tile cutter to get those awkward pieces in corners and ends to fit.
Then to get the job done, you will need non sanded grout, a sponge, grout trowel, mastic trowel, grout sealer, a wax pencil, and sandpaper. You will also want to have some soft clothes around in order to clean up any messes and polish your glass tile when you are done.
How To Get Started
The first step to take when you are going to install a glass tile backsplash is to prepare the surface area. Get rid of all the dirt, oils, and other things that will prevent the grout from sticking to the wall. While it is drying, you can start taking measurements for the area of the backsplash.
Next, you will want to lay out your tile on a flat surface. Arrange it how it will go on the walls. You can take the wax pencil and mark the tiles where they will meet the underside of the wall cabinets. These tiles can be cut and returned to their position in the layout.
The next area to measure is around windows and over the sink, if this is applicable for where you are installing the tile. These tiles will also be marked and cut to fit properly around any obstacles that are in the way of the backsplash.
Installing The Tiles
You will want to spread the mastic on the surface of the wall in a smooth, even pattern. Use the trowel to get the coat of mastic the right thickness and begin putting on the tiles.
Use spacers to allow the tiles to be adjacent to each other. This is where the grout will eventually go. Make sure that when you go along that you are checking that all the tiles are lining up and staying even to once another. This will make the backsplash look professional and sophisticated.
While following the manufacturer’s instructions, you will want to wait the proper amount of time before grouting the tile. This is usually 24 hours, but could be longer depending on certain factors.
After you push the grout into the spaces, you will sponge off any excess grout from the tiles. Polish the tile after a haze forms over it. Wait until the grout dries and now you have a charming backsplash that will really show the character of the room.
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