Published at Friday, November 09th 2018. by Earnestine Acosta in Kitchen Backsplash.
Kitchen a fresh look with a tile backsplash Lowe's has lots of tiles to choose from including mosaics on a mesh backing, which makes the installation easier, quick tip. A tile backsplash in your kitchen can go right over drywall, since kitchens are not considered wet areas like a shower begin with a little prep turn off the power and remove the outlet covers tape off the outlets, cabinets, and countertops move your appliances and attach a temporary Ledger board: where the backsplash ends you may have to tuck the outlets into the boxes.
Your walls should be clean. A quick wipe down with TSP and water is a good idea, and glossy surfaces will need to be sanded or D glossed. Also, check that the wall is relatively flat, apply joint compound to any dents dips or ripples deeper than 1/16 inch, let it dry sand, smooth and prime when the preps complete plan, your layout tile backsplashes need an eighth-inch expansion gap around the perimeter and some patterns. Look best when Center, either in the work area or behind a focal point like the stove or faucet, find your Center and mark a vertical line. Using this reference line as a starting point, dry lay the tiles along the wall and check the ends. If the cut tiles will be too thin, you can adjust the layout to get wider pieces at the sides.
Check the vertical layout to cut tiles are best hidden under cabinets, but you might also have to cut a little off the bottom row if your countertop isn't level, here's how you know how much to cut off use a level to find the lowest point on the Counter hold the tile at this spot, accounting for the 1/8 inch expansion at the bottom and mark the top now use a level to extend this line along the work area. This line will be your guide when cutting tile to fit along the counter to see where the tile will end up at the top of the installation. Make a jury stick mark a straight board using the tiles and spacers in the vertical layout.
Hold it up to the wall to check if you'll have tiny slivers of tile at the top move, the layout down a little bit and adjust your reference line when your layout looks good you're ready to install mix thinks that, following the directions, it should be similar to the consistency of peanut butter, white thin set is best for glass tiles, since it might show through spread a little bit on the wall and don't cover your reference lines. Comb over the mortar, with the notched trowel grab the first piece of tile and press it onto the wall with a little twist gently press against it with a rubber float. If you need to make a cut to the second piece mark the tile and cut it with a wet soft mesh side, up, be careful with the sharp edges.
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