Hello my friends, and welcome to The Robin’s Nest Designs. I am happy to report that we finished the white tile backsplash in the kitchen. Honestly, I don’t know why we waited so long.
This was a project that we had talked about doing for years . We waffled back and forth several times about what type of material to use, what style and what color would be best.
In fact, we almost went with the stick on type because for some reason we thought doing ceramic tile would be harder than it turned out to be. We are so happy that we decided to use real tile!
Mr. Robin’s Nest is the one that did this project. I helped when needed. He did a beautiful job and we love it! He is going to tell more about his process in the rest of the post.
We bought all of our supplies at Home Depot.
2 and a half boxes of tile
Ceramic Tile Adhesive
Small Rectangular Trowel….for “buttering” individual pieces of tile
One bag 1/8th inch spacers
Tile Saw….Rather than rent a saw we decided to buy a inexpensive ($100) tile saw so it could be used for other projects
We chose to use the tile that that comes by the “sheet” instead of individual tiles. This worked well for us because the scale of the tile was a good size for where we were installing it. It was also great that we were able to cover more area with each application.
We started the project in the middle and went both directions because we felt that the project would be more seamless that way. We applied adhesive to small areas at a time to avoid drying before the tile could be applied. Areas around plugs were left out and then were tiled later when proper measuring and cutting could take place. Lots of spacers were used to insure that the horizontal and vertical spacing was maintained. Before grouting can begin there should be a twenty four wait to allow the adhesive to completely set.
Grouting was a messy process but went smoothly. We made sure that the grout was pushed firmly into all of the spaces and then it was a matter of lots of wiping with a sponge. This was a repetitive process until the desired look was achieved. Keep your sponge damp but not wet and clean it constantly. After the grout has set then the tile can be cleaned and buffed. It is important to seal the grout to protect the color. All in all the project was not as difficult as we thought it might be!
Thank you for dropping by today. We hope this post might inspire you to tackle a project of your own!