One of the most used rooms inside the house is the kitchen because it has everything from appliances to counters and even cabinets. Its backsplash wall, however, gets the least attention among everything else. This project actually does not require a lot of time or resources. You can create your own kitchen splashback tiles mosaic which will make it more visible and at the same time retaining its function.
If you have a long weekend coming up, you can plan ahead to for the backsplash tile project because there are now advanced materials in the market such as the smart tile. These will help in easier installation and faster completion of the project.
To make an eye-catching wall, the first thing is to choose the right tile. Go to your local tile showroom or the nearest home centre to see an assortment of designs and colours. The most common options for backsplash are either glass tile or glazed-ceramic tile because these are easier to clean and their surfaces are nonporous. Many also choose natural stone tile such as tumbled marble but the porous surface needs to be sealed prior to grouting to ensure stain resistance.
Do not skimp on the adhesive and make sure to use the right one. Tile installations are often done using thin-set mortar but when it comes to backsplash wall, it is best to employ tile mastic instead. This is more expensive compared to the regular thin-set but you don’t need to mix it and it can be used right away upon opening the can. Furthermore, mastic sets quickly so it will not easily slide down while setting.
Start the installation by sanding the wall using 80-grit sandpaper. Clean it with damp cloth after before applying the thin-set or the mastic with the help of a notched trowel. Do this only one section at a time depending on the tile size. If you are doing a kitchen splashback tiles mosaic, apply in small sections so it does not dry up easily. Start at the bottom when setting the tiles and make sure to press firmly. For the grout joints to be the same all throughout, plastic spacers can be used.