How to Install Tile Mesh for a Backsplash

Large kitchen with white upper cabinets, wood lower cabinets and teal blue tile backsplash
  • 1-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-200
What You'll Need
Tile mesh
Notched trowel
Tile adhesive
Craft stick

Tile mesh is most commonly used with mosaic tiles. The mesh will help hold the pattern together in the tile and will allow for several types of tiles to be used in a single pattern. If you are considering adding a backsplash to a kitchen, the tile mesh may be the easiest route to go.

Step 1 - Clean the Area

Before you install the tile mesh, you need to make sure the surface is clean and dry. It's best to allow 24 hours after the surface has been cleaned to ensure it's completely dry.

Step 2 - Dry Fit

Working with tile mesh is easy since it will rarely require cutting pieces of tile. Dry fit the mesh sheet, and cut away anything that won't be necessary. You can just cut through the mesh to remove the portion you won't be using.

Step 3 - Apply Adhesive

man installing tile on a wall

Use a notched trowel to apply the tile adhesive to the wall, and a small amount on the back of the mesh surface. Firmly press the mesh tile on the wall. Allow the adhesive to dry overnight before you move on to grouting.

Step 4 - Grout

Mix your grout using the directions provided by the manufacturer. Apply the grout directly over the tile, making sure you fill the spaces between the tiles. Use a craft stick to press the grout in. Wipe away grout left on the tile with a damp sponge after the grout has dried.