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Everything You Need for a DIY Kitchen Backsplash Project

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A DIY Kitchen Backsplash Project Notched trowel Low grit sandpaper Utility knife Float COMPLETE LIST OF TILING TOOLS Tile cutter lape measure Level Straight edge mew. FEATHER EDGE HOW TO TILE YOUR OWN BACKSPLASH 01 Clean the area with warm water and allow to dry. STEP 02 Apply the manufacturer's recommended adhesive with a notched trowel. Hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle and spread the adhesive. Work in small 3-foot-by-3-foot areas to prevent the adhesive from drying prior to the tile installation. STEP 03 Lay the first tile in the center at the base of the backsplash. Position the tile using a slight twisting motion. Use a level to make sure the tile is square. Place a spacer on each corner of the first tile. STEP 04 Working out from the first tile, continue laying the tiles in a row, flush to the spacers. Wipe off any excess adhesive that oozes up between the tiles. Leave enough space to fill in with grout. STEP 05 If you need to cut tiles, score the tiles with a tile cutter or use a wet saw with a diamond blade. STEP 06 When you place the tiles around an outlet, be sure the outlet cover hides the tile edges. Continue tiling as usual. STEP 07 When you've laid all the tiles, wipe off any excess adhesive with a damp cloth. Use a rounded stick to clean between the tiles. STEP 08 Allow the adhesive to set according to the manufacturer's instructions. After the adhesive sets, remove the spacers. STEP 09 Mix the grout according to the manufacturer's instructions. Since grout may irritate eyes and skin, wear safety goggles and latex gloves. Apply the grout using a rubber float. Spread the grout diagonally at a 45-degree angle across the tiles, packing the grout between the tiles. STEP 10 Clean the tiles again and smooth the joints with a damp sponge. STEP 11 After the grout dries and a haze forms, wipe off the tiles and shine them with a clean cloth. STEP 12 Replace the electrical outlets and switches. You'll need longer screws or an outlet spacer plate prior to replacing the outlet covers to bring the outlet flush with the tile. STEP HAYS-NYC.COM INFOGRAPHIC

Everything You Need for a DIY Kitchen Backsplash Project

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Turn up the style in your kitchen with cost effective. Do-it-yourself by following these simple back-splash steps from Hays NYC.

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