How to Install Metal Wall Tile over Ceramic Tile

What You'll Need
Safety goggles
Metal scraper
Soap and water
Wall tile adhesive
Metal tiles and spacers
Wet saw

Metal wall tiles, although still not very common, are a great way to add to the beauty of your house. These tiles can bring a sophisticated upmarket look to any room. They are also very handy in areas such as the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. This is because metal wall tiles are hardy and very easy to clean. This is why they are widely used in backsplashes and wainscoting in the kitchen and dining room.

If you already have ceramic wall tiles installed, you will have to remove the ceramic tiles from the portions where you want to install metal tiles. A combination of ceramic and metal wall tiles can transform even the dreariest room into a sophisticated looking one.


Step 1 – Isolate

Before removing the ceramic tiles from the area where you want to install the metal wall tiles, ascertain whether there are any water or power lines running behind the tiles. If there are, isolate these lines. 

Step 2 – Remove the Ceramic Tiles

I you want to remove all the ceramic tiles and replace them with metal wall tiles, it is a good idea to try to remove the entire backing board on which the tiles have been fitted. If you want to create a pattern that consists of both metal and ceramic tiles, you will have to do some planning beforehand and carefully remove only the ceramic tiles that have to be replaced with metal tiles. 

Using a hammer and chisel, carefully chip away at the tiles that have to be removed. Do remember to don your safety goggles before you start on this process. Once enough of the tile have been exposed, check if you can access the backing board (if necessary). Use the drill to remove the screws that affix the backing board to the wall. 

Step 3 – Prepare the Wall

Use the soap, water, and a sponge to thoroughly clean the wall. Allow the wall to dry and then apply the adhesive to the walls. Remember to wear your gloves while you do so. Allow the adhesive to dry for 20 minutes, or as per the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Step 4 – Install the Tiles

Affix the wall tiles with firm pressure. If you want to use tile spacers, this is the time to do so, although strictly speaking, spacers are not really necessary with wall tiles. If any tile overlaps over the edges, use a wet saw to cut the overlapping edges. 

Step 5 – Caulk the Grooves

Apply caulk in the grooves between the wall tiles. An acrylic latex caulk is your best option. Use a damp sponge to wipe away any excess caulk until it develops a smooth appearance and the tiles have a faint glaze on them. Allow the caulk to dry for at least 12 hours. After the caulk has dried, clean the glaze with a scrubber and a damp sponge.