A glass tile backsplash in your kitchen will make cleaning up really easy because grease and steam wash off of tile so easily. This type of backsplash looks very elegant when installed over a granite countertop. You can choose any color tiles and make a pattern with them if you choose. The installation of the tiles is a tedious process and requires patience.
Step 1 – Measure the Area that You Wish to Tile
Measure the length and width of the area where you want to install the glass tile backsplash. Multiply the length by the width and bring this measurement to the store to find out how many sheets of tile you will need. The answer will give you the number of tiles you need to purchase. Keep in mind that you need to have extra just in case you break a few.
Step 2 – Determine the Type of Pattern You Want to Make
The first thing you need to do is to lay out the tiles to determine what kind of pattern you want to have in the backsplash. Lay them out on a flat surface, arranging them in different formations until you find one that you like best. Lay the tiles on the wall over the countertop to see how they will look. You will need help in doing this because the tiles will not stay in place on their own on the wall, and if they fall, they will crack easily.
Step 3 – Apply the Adhesive
Apply painter’s tape to the edges of the granite countertop along the wall to protect it from the adhesive. Use the trowel or putty knife to spread the adhesive on the wall. You should always use white adhesive when installing glass tile because any other color will show through the glass and mar the effect you want to create. Hold the trowel at a 45 degree angle so that you make notches in the adhesive as you spread it.
Once you finish the wall with the adhesive, go over it with the flat edge of the trowel to smooth out the ridges.
Step 4 – Set in the Glass Tile
Set sheets of the glass tile into the adhesive according to the pattern you chose in Step 2. Apply pressure to make the tiles sink into the adhesive. For areas close to the bottom of the cupboards or in the corners, you may need to cut some of the tiles. A wet tile cutter is the best tool to use for this to ensure a smooth edge.
Always scrape off the excess adhesive from the tiles, especially when you need to stop for a while. Place spacers between the tiles if you want to create a pattern in which there is a small break between them. Let the adhesive dry and remove the spacers.
Step 5 – Apply the Grout
Once you have all the tiles in place for the backsplash, seal them with grout. This makes the tiles waterproof and resistant to humidity and helps keep dirt, dust and grease from sticking to them. Spread the grout over the backsplash in an upward motion with the trowel held at a 45 degree angle. Let it set for about 15 minutes. Then, use a dry paper towel to remove any excess grout. It then takes about two days for the grout to cure completely.