How to Install Glass Tile Backsplash in Your Kitchen How to Install Glass Tile Backsplash in Your Kitchen
A glass tile blacksplash can be an amazing addition to your kitchen. You can find all different shapes, designs and colors to accent your décor. If you are new to this type of project, here is a list of tools and materials that you will need, along with some quick steps that can help you through the process with ease.
Step 1 – Lay Out Your Design
Before doing any kind of cutting or securing, you will want to lay out your design. Measure the area that you are working on and line the tiles up how you want the design to look so that you know what needs to be altered and how the overall project will look in the end. Mark any tiles that may need to be cut with a pencil on the back. This way, you will be prepared when you get to that point in this project.
Step 2 – Cut Tiles
Cutting the tiles is the hardest part of this project. You will want to use a razor knife if you are working with sheets of tile and a tile saw if you have individual tiles that need to be altered. Approaching this step with caution is the best way to go about it. You want to work quickly but carefully so that the tiles cut without breaking. Be prepared with a few back ups, especially if you have never done this before.
Step 3 – Apply Thin Set
Once everything is cut how it needs to be, you can press them into the thin set and leave them for about 35 minutes total. Then, get a sponge wet with warm water and ring it out so that it is damp but not dripping and wet the paper backing on the tiles. When the paper gets wet, the adhesive will start to activate and you can remove the paper from the back of the tiles. Be careful to do this slowly so that you do not have any rips or spots that can’t adhere. If you are having problems with the adhesive activating, you can wet the back again for a few seconds.
Step 4 – Put Up Tiles
Now that the adhesive is ready, you can put the tiles up. Be sure that you do them carefully so that you don’t have to take them off and put them up again. Hold the tiles for a minute or two so that they can secure before letting go. Continue to do this with each one beginning in the center and working your way out and around. Allow them to dry for at least 24 hours.
Step 5 – Grout
Once the tiles are done you can grout them. You will need to get the grout inside the cracks of the tile and then use a groove trowel to spread it over the tiles. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then wipe the tiles off with a damp rag and let them dry.