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
- Lay out the location of the backsplash on the wall.
- Cover the countertop with plastic sheeting held in place with masking tape.
- Apply thin-set adhesive to the wall using a notched trowel.
- Position the sheet on the wall, and press it into the wet thin-set adhesive.
- 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.
- Use a utility knife to cut through the mesh on the sheet of tile around the outlet.
- Cut the tile to size using a special tile saw that available for rent at tool centers.
- Allow the thin-set adhesive to dry overnight.
- Remove any protruding thin-set from the tile joints with a flat-head screwdriver.
- Dampen the surface of the tile with water on a sponge before applying grout.
- Use a rubber float to apply the grout to the tile joints, pressing the grout into the tile at a 45° angle.
- 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.
- After the grout has dried, use a soft cloth to remove any grout haze from the surface.
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