Installing a Tile Mosaic Backsplash

Installing a Tile Mosaic BacksplashToday we’re going to be looking at how to install a tile mosaic backsplash.   I have already started some of it here yesterday actually, and I am going to finish this last little bit here. So the tile we are using is basically a twelve by twelve tile and we are going to end up cutting it to make it work for what we want to do.

So you can see in this particular tile, we have got various different materials in it, there is glass, there are stones, couple of different stones in there, some stainless panels as well so there is a little bit of everything in this tile. So basically you just start by determining what the best fit is for how you are going to need to cut the tile, this tile is attached, it’s all little individual pieces bit it’s attached to what’s a mesh backing so it’s really easy to cut, I just need to determine where I am cutting it, must be the same as these pieces, I am going to cut it here.

So just take your utility knife, stick it in between the rows and just cut that mesh off. Now this one, we are cutting a few rows out of it, it just didn’t work for the space we had and we are reusing some of those pieces to fill in so I am just making up my pieces here. Typically, if you weren’t working with a restricted height, you would just cut that tile in half or use the full tile and go ahead with it but we had a height restriction there so we had to modify the sheets a little bit to make them work so this will just simply interlock with the last piece you left off and you can see I have got rows above that yet.

So in this case, all I was doing was cutting the appropriately sized tiles off of the strips that we took off from filling in those last two rows just to make it work out for what we wanted. So to begin, I am going to be using some glue, adhesive to put these on because we are not really in a wet zone and by that, we are not in a shower, we are not in a bathtub, we can use this.  But, you shouldn’t use it in a shower or a wet zone like that because this will just promote mould growth so you definitely don’t want to use it there but on a backsplash application, it will work just fine.

So there are a couple of different ways you can do it, you can take your time with the appropriate trial and apply it to the wall and start sticking your tiles on. Because I was leaving off last night, I didn’t want to get any on the wall that was going to be… I didn’t want to have any left in trying to clear these areas because I knew I was going to stop last night and not finish the job so I am just applying it on the back of the tile and I will just continue doing that here today for the amount we have left.

Kitchen Backsplash InstallationSo make sure you have your tile cut right, how you wanted. Simply take some mastic and apply it on the back of the tiles. So you are just rubbing it on there, try not to force it down, we are obviously putting it on the back side but try not to force it down into the grope line joints because then you will have more cleaning up to do to get it out of there so you have space for the grout. So I am just dabbing it onto the tiles as much as I can and then I will just go across… stroke it out so it’s leaving some ridges. I am sure you can see the ridges I have there on the mastic. Ok so once I have it, I will just take it up to the wall, the general area that I am going and stick it on the wall, I want to push every individual tile on there, if you have a rubber… float for doing grout or whatever, you can use it to press this all on and then just slide your tile on way or the other to get your grout lines where they bud into the last one to space out the amount you want.

Looks like I can get one more on here before we are going to deal with that plug in and switch so I will stick that one on. I am just trying to make sure every tile has mastic on it, work your way along there, I find that when you are in a tight space like this, it’s easier to put it on the tile as well, then you are not getting it over the counter top or another area on the wall that you don’t want it. So I will just put it on here, like that. Ok so I have pulled the plug ins and switches out, turned the breakers off, just for safety so if I touch something, I don’t get a shock.