To install a tile backsplash, prep the wall, apply the adhesive, lay the tile and apply the grout. It is a good idea to decide on the design of the backsplash prior to beginning the project. Purchase extra tiles in case a few pieces break during the process.
Installing a tile backsplash is a fairly easy project that can usually be completed in a weekend. Required supplies include tiles, adhesive, grout, spacers and perhaps a tile cutter.
Step 1: Prep the wall
Prepare the wall on which the backsplash will go by cleaning it with warm water. Let it dry completely.
Step 2: Apply the adhesive
Mix the adhesive according to the directions on the package. Apply it to the wall with a notched trowel, holding it at a 45-degree angle. Work in small sections to avoid drying out.
Step 3: Lay the tiles
Start in the middle of the backsplash on the bottom row. Lay the first tile and use a level to ensure it is square. Place the spacers and continue laying tiles along the bottom row. Move to the row above that and continue in the same manner until the area is complete. Allow the adhesive to dry completely before moving to the final step.
Step 4: Apply the grout
Mix the grout according to package directions. Apply the grout, pushing it between the tiles. Allow it to dry to a haze, then wipe the tiles clean with a damp cloth.