On a recent week-end, Yankee and I didn’t have any plans. The lack of snow has made it impossible to do some of our winter sports – especially snowshoeing. So, we decided to go ahead and tackle the kitchen backsplash. Tackle makes it sound worse than it was, though.
We had talked about doing a subway tile backsplash, so we already did our research. We even took a free “How to Tile a Backsplash” class at our local Home Depot. That class is where we learned about this Tile Setting Mat. It makes/made the process so easy.
Yes, this method cost more than the old school way of putting up tile, but we thought it was worth every penny. We followed the directions exactly. It was up, and we were ready to tile in no time. Plus, we were able to grout right away. We didn’t have to wait for the bottom layer to dry first. Basically, we took this backing and stuck it to the wall. Then we pulled off the plastic covering when we were ready to put up the tile. There is no mess. Just imagine. No mess with installing a back splash. I love this product!
This shot shows the start of the subway tile actually going up. We only had to do spacers on the bottom where we were going to caulk because the tile already has built-in spacers. We had five outlets to deal with, and we made sure the power was turned off before starting the tile work.
The outlets made it necessary for us to cut some tiles. We didn’t always make a clean cut as you can see. This was not a successful attempt.
We used this product to cut some of the tiles, and after we got our routine down, it was very easy to use.
However, we eventually had to upgrade to a wet saw. We had some difficult cuts for the tile that was going to go around the window. Yankee, made those cuts.
After just a few hours, the tile was up, and we were ready to add the grout.
This is not the best picture, but we used the grout that was premixed. Again, it does cost a little more, but we didn’t want to question if our constancy was correct. We just smoothed it on and wiped it off.
This is what the kitchen looked like before we painted the walls a soft blue, painted the cabinets white, and added the subway tile.
Voila! The After! We removed the spice rack that was behind the range and decided to keep it off.
This is the kitchen before the backsplash. It looks better than the original, but the backsplash just gives it that final finishing touch.
We are thrilled with the way the tile came out. Here you can see one of the quirks of our house. The sink is not in front of the window. Only a small part is in front of the window. What were they thinking???? The tile actually helps it not look so strange. I still have some ideas for that area to help even more, but if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.
We are going to take a breather from the kitchen now. We still have appliances to buy, but we want to save up for them. And meanwhile, with spring around the corner, it is time to turn our attention to the major facelift we will be doing on our front yard. Stay tuned…….
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