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Watch this video to find out how to install and grout a mosaic tile backsplash in your kitchen.

Installing mosaics yourself is a great way to save money on your remodeling project. Installation is a perfect project for a DIY’er and pretty straightforward and simple. WIth proper preparation, tools and materials, installing your own mosaics is a great source of pride and money saving savvy.

How to Install a Mosaic Tile Backsplash

  1. Lay out the location of the backsplash on the wall.
  2. Cover the countertop with plastic sheeting held in place with masking tape.
  3. Apply thin-set adhesive to the wall using a notched trowel.
  4. Position the sheet on the wall, and press it into the wet thin-set adhesive.
  5. Mark electrical outlets by applying lipstick to the outlets, then press the sheet of tile against it to transfer the mark to the back of the tile.
  6. Use a utility knife to cut through the mesh on the sheet of tile around the outlet.
  7. Cut the tile to size using a special tile saw that available for rent at tool centers.
  8. Allow the thin-set adhesive to dry overnight.
  9. Remove any protruding thin-set from the tile joints with a flat-head screwdriver.
  10. Dampen the surface of the tile with water on a sponge before applying grout.
  11. Use a rubber float to apply the grout to the tile joints, pressing the grout into the tile at a 45° angle.
  12. When the grout starts to set, go over the tile surface multiple times with a sponge dampened with clean water to wipe off any excess grout.
  13. After the grout has dried, use a soft cloth to remove any grout haze from the surface.

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