Tiling my own backsplash?

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Old 02-12-16, 11:19 AM
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Tiling my own backsplash?

Ive never done any tiling, and i wanted to get my kitchen backsplash tiled. I read that you can buy some strong glue to install the tiles them grout them. Is that correct?

the area is pretty small probable would require maybe 15 square feet of mosaics to cover the backsplash.

Im just trying to figure out if i should attempt to do this or not... Im handy with other things just never tiled... Can build computers and electronics just home work haven't tried.
 
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Old 02-12-16, 11:36 AM
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Probably the hardest part of tiling is making sure all the gaps are even and the rows are level. Generally thinset is used to 'glue' the tile to the wall although there is a ready mixed tile mastic that should be ok for dry areas like your backsplash.
 
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Old 02-12-16, 01:31 PM
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Absolutely you can tile, and it will be a project well worth the effort as you will view it everyday.

Send us a picture of the area so we can look for potential pitfalls and offer suggestions. Also send a link to your preference in mosaic so we can recommend other needed items from thinset to grout.

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html Keep in mind that pictures will need to be scaled down for web quality and are uploaded one at a time.
 
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Old 02-12-16, 02:37 PM
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Yes, you can do it. In fact my first attempt at tiling was in fact my kitchen back splash. What's important is that you have a level plane at the top and/or bottom. You're going to want to "dry" locate your tiles to that you don't have any tile less than half on the top or bottom and sides.

edit... Mosaic tiles you won't need to worry about the edges as much. Grout will cover many sins.
 
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Just the area below cabinets and a little bit above the stove as well. Should i wait to put range hood on or do that then tile ?

maybe something relatively cheap like these

http://www.lowes.com/pd_465727-87523...t_price|0&pl=1

or i can spend more on these

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Jeffrey-C...-202019483-_-N
 
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In my kitchen I installed the exhaust hood first and then tiled up to it but as long as it mounts to the cabinet it shouldn't make a difference. If you need to screw it to the wall - install if before tile.
 
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do i tile right onto the wall? or should install a back board like a think piece of plywood like .25 inch thick? the granite counter part on the wall has a little gap of about 1/4 inch before the granite piece is on thats why its white i guess when i install the tile grout will go over that part anyway assuming the tile i get is thick enough.
 
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You can tile directly to the drywall in dry locations like your backsplash. The main thing is to make sure the drywall is level as tile isn't apt to bend over dips/humps .... less of an issue with small tiles.
The thinset and tile will be thicker than 1/4"
 
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Old 02-12-16, 03:25 PM
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You might want to consider if you will be putting up a microwave/vent hood combo. If you are then you won't need to go up vary far.

Side note (personally opinion) : That style tile is the current trend right now, but I wonder how long it will stay in vogue? I prefer the standard squares with perhaps accent tiles randomly placed or in a pattern.
 
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its a plaster wall i dont think its perfectly flat along the wall id say 90% but no major humps and stuff./

do you have a link to any recommended tiles maybe? id like to stick with one tile, as it will complicate things less i think for me.. haha.
 
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Old 02-12-16, 03:34 PM
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I would advise holding on for Czizzi regarding applying tile to the walls.
In the meantime, I prefer to see tile splashes go up to the bottom of the vent hood and not behind it. It has to do with installation.

More importantly, if you want a full tile splash you should remove the existing stone splashes. The full tile splash will look much better.
 
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Your local big box web site should have tiles listed, not sure what a tile store has online. Mosaics come in 1' squares with all the little tiles on a backer.

Brian makes a good point about the existing backsplash
 
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Excuse my stupidity but what or who is czizzi?

I will just be installing a vent hood no microwave. the hood goes on right under cabinet ill just measure how low the hood goes im guessing maybe 4-8 inches at most.
 
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czizzi is a moderator who does a lot of tile work .... he knows more about tiling than those of us who have replied thus far
 
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Ahh ok thanks, im kind of anxious and nervous to do the job, if it goes well i will consider tiling my bathroom as well above the sink

I will see what Czizzi says assuming he replies/ sees my post lol
 
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Don't get me wrong in referencing Czizzi, you've received good advice from all that replied. It's all about details after you choose the style of tile you want.
 
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yea i have to look around as i want to keep the tile down in cost cheaper the better, but i want it to look decent haha.
 
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