Your kitchen backsplash sees a lot of mess, from spattered spaghetti sauce and spilled drinks to cooking grease and normal dust accumulation. Keep your kitchen germ-free by replacing a painted backsplash with easy-to-clean tile – or give your room a new look by replacing your current tile with a new design. Here are five easy steps to redoing your backsplash, even if you’ve never tiled before.
The options for a new tile backsplash design can feel almost endless: You’ll find glass tile in plain squares or complicated mosaics, traditional white ceramic subway tile, and designer options that are hand-painted, cut into intricate shapes, or customized to your exact specifications. The prices vary widely, too, so decide on a budget before you start shopping. You’ll also need to choose a grout color, which can alter the finished look of your wall – white tile with dark grout looks very different from monochromatic white on white.
Attaching your tiles to backer board will help protect your drywall and give the tiles a sturdier adhesion. Once you have it in place, mark the center of the area you plan to tile and extend the line down from there – you’re marking your starting point, which will be the bottom center. If you are planning a tile design, then you should lay it out before you start attaching tiles to the wall to make sure it fits properly (and guarantee that you like it).
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