Backsplash Installation – Part 2

Continuing on from the first part of this article where’ we’re installing a mosaic tile backsplash in the kitchen…

finished backsplashOk so we got those full tiles on, now basically we are going to use a piece of the tile trim, the metals on the end, I already have one on that end so that will be the position that we are going to stop so at this point now, it’s going to be just as easy for me to cut some of these pieces all apart, the different sizes and put them in one by one as opposed to try and cut out the plug in out of one of these sheets. If you are using some square tiles, four by fours, six by sixes, two by twos whatever then you will be putting them on individually anyways and just cut them to fit around in electrical.

One thing with the electrical, with this style, the decor style of plugs and switches, you not only need to… if I can move this out of the way… you not only need to stay away from the hole in the box where the mounting screw for the receptacle or switch goes but you also need to stay away just below that where the mounting screw for the cover plate goes through. If you look right here, here is the mounting screw that goes in the box, right below this spot here is the little white screw that you will mount the cover with and you can actually see where that screw is indented the dry wall right here so you need to make sure that you don’t put any tile on those areas at all otherwise, you are going to have a hell of a time getting your switches in and also getting your covers to mount on there.

Just stay out of those areas. As long as you are close to that, just under it, the cover will cover the space anyway so you have to get up close and cover it. So if I just move these a little bit out of the way, I am going to put some mastic on the back, I have already figured out my position for this so I am just going to stick it on the wall right now so it’s… so I just put some mastic on the back of it like I did with the tile and I will just push it into position. Clean off a little bit of that excess so it doesn’t dry before we get to that. So this mastic is water based so you can simply clean it up, don’t leave it too long but you can clean it up with some warm water to get it off.

So I have got that stuck on there. Now what I need to do is fill in some of these rows so this bunch of tiles that I have is not only three different products, it’s also three different sizes as far as width and I don’t know how many lengths so there is a lot going on here, this one is a little more difficult to deal with because you have got so many choices, that one broke. Now you have to figure out what tiles are going to work where, what cuts you need to make and glue them individually onto the wall, so I am just going to keep working with that a little bit and that way I can show you how to cut them as well so this one will work just as a full tile.

grouting a tile backsplashSo just put some mastic on the back and stick it in the wall just like so. Now our next role is one of these little bit narrower types of tile so you kind of look at your pattern too, this one is pretty random so you try not to get in my case, try not to get too many colors. They are similar side by side, so this one’s going to have to be tucked, I’m just going to take a jiffy marker and you can either measure it or just hold it up there where you want it to be and put a marker line on it.

I’m going to come down here to my snap cutter and just line that up with a little scoring wheel on here and score the surface like that and then it’s got this foot here that just when you lean down you just push slightly down on it, it breaks the tile to a clean cut. Now that kind of fabric mashes on the back so you just have to cut it with a glass tiles that marker marked if it’s left on there, we’ll just wipe it off and put my factory end up to the end of the factory tile that is already on the wall, make sure I’m not on the way of where those screws are going to be, it looks good.

Put a little bit of mastic on there, these little tiles are a little tougher to work with, get them all in your hands, slide into the position you like, double check those holes and that one is there so I could just work my way up there all the way to the top and same thing out to this end. Now going back here I’ve got some full rows and both rows are this, it’s kind of up under the edge of the counter there, it’s maybe difficult for you to see but really it’s just the same process of what I just did down there by the plug in.

Just putting some mastic on, there’s nothing to cut around here for a little ways so I can just move them on, get my…no use in different sizes, get the joint staggering like that and just keep with my way along that. So that’s what I’ve been doing with these pieces that are left over, I’m kind of using them as strips for using them to get the strips out of that I need to finish the rows, best thing is that you cut a part pretty easily, it’s not a big issue to work with.

I’m just going to do a couple more here and I think that’s pretty much all you need to know for this….trying to keep the tiles clean as I can so there’s less to deal with cleaning it up before finishing. So that snap cutter that I was showing you, that’ll work for pretty much any type of tile, what it won’t be that good for or actually any good for at all is if you had some square tiles or some type of bigger tile like maybe it’s four by four just for an example and you need to cut a corner out of it like to go around say a plug-in or something, this cutter is not going to do that.

You’re going to need either a grinder with a cutting blade in it or you’re going to need a wet saw. So this snap cutter is really only good for straight cuts, we’re going completely across the tile so that’s the basics on installing a tile backsplash, lot of the principals are the same in installing any kind of tile on the wall other than if you’re in a wet area, you will definitely want to use a motor instead of a mastic but if you’re in a kitchen like this where those tiles aren’t constantly getting wet, the mastic is just fine.

So I think that’s the main thing, remember turning your power off once you’re all done, you can put the plugs and switches all back in like once it’s all grouted and put your covers on and everything should be good.