How to Install a Ceramic Tile
You would like to give your kitchen a new
look but you don?t want to spend a lot of time and money. A
great option for you is to install a ceramic tile backsplash.
Since there are such a large variety of tiles, you can find the
pattern that best suits the updated style of your
Choose your tiles. Before you can install
your ceramic tile backsplash, you need to choose your tiles.
Pick a pattern or a color that goes with your existing d?cor
yet gives the look a slight update.
Take measurements. Before you purchase your
ceramic tiles, take accurate measurements. What size is the
space? When it comes time to determine how many tiles to
purchase, make allowances for the space you need to leave for
Gather your tools. When you install your
ceramic tile backsplash, it is best to gather all the tools you
will need in advance. You will need the tiles, a straight edge,
a ceramic tile cutter, grout, adhesive, applicators, a pencil,
and other materials. Gathering your tools before you start to
install the backsplash will prevent you from needing to make a
trip to the store while in the middle of the
Cut the tiles. You may need to cut some of
the ceramic tiles before you begin. It is best to cut the tiles
before you begin assembling the ceramic backsplash because once
you lay down the grout, you?ll want to put the tiles on it
immediately. Use a ceramic tile cutter or a ceramic tile jig.
When cutting, make sure to wear goggles to protect your eyes.
Also learn how to use the equipment properly to prevent
Install the ceramic tile backsplash. After
making all the preparations you are finally ready to install
the ceramic tile backsplash. First, you?ll want to turn the
electricity off for any outlets that you are working near. If
you accidentally put a tool into the sockets you could get
electrocuted. Then, wash the wall thoroughly with soap and warm
Make sure the wall is completely dry before
you go on to the next step. Next, spread the adhesive on the
wall using an applicator. Follow the manufacturer?s
instructions. Finally, start laying down the tile. Start at the
center of the design and work outward. Let the adhesive dry and
then apply grout. Follow the mixing and application directions
provided by the company that made the grout.
This is a project that can easily be done in
one weekend. The more skill you have before you begin the
project, the easier it will be.