How to Make a Free Standing Tile Backsplash

  • 5-15 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-1,000
What You'll Need
Ceramic tiles
3/8 MDF board
Framing tiles
Anchor screws

A tile backsplash is an easy way to spice up any ordinary kitchen or bathroom but the only thing that intimidates most homeowners is the way how permanent a tile backsplash can seem. And there’s nothing more hassling than removing ceramic tiles. If you’re just renting your place, the thought of installing something that would take more than the obligatory crewing can be really frightening. But a free-standing backsplash can ease all your fears at the same time add style to any space. The best part of all is that installing a removable backsplash is a very easy project.

Step 1 – Plan Your Tile Backsplash

There are so many possibilities for your freestanding tile backsplash. You can create a ceramic tile mural or simply play with colorful tiles. Whichever design you decide to use, make sure that you lay them out including framing tiles on the edges first in a flat surface, and measure the dimensions. Get the exact width and height of the backsplash that you’re planning to put up.

Step 2 – Cut Your Tile Backsplash Board

Once you have the specific dimensions, cut a 3/8 inch MDF board according to those measurements. When you have the MDF board try placing it on the exact part of the wall that you want it to be and then mark it by drawing a line around the board with the use of a pencil.

Step 3 – Layout the Tiles in the Board

Start laying out all the ceramic tiles on your MDF board and make sure to include the framing tiles in the layout. Mark the positions of the framing tiles and then drill holes on the four sides of the board in the framing tiles’ area. Start gluing the ceramic tiles inside the board with the use of epoxy. Continue gluing with the framing tiles except for the ones that are positioned on the corners.

Step 4 – Attach the Tile Backsplash to the Wall

With the help of someone who can carry the tile backsplash for you, simply mark the holes in the corners of the board which you have drilled awhile back. With the use of a drill, drill holes into the walls. Make sure that they are large enough to accommodate anchor screws. Screw in the tile backsplash to the wall using butterfly anchors. It’s important that you use heavy-duty anchors or else you risk the tile backsplash falling off from the wall.

Step 5 – Glue the Rest of the Corners

When you’re finally done attaching the tile backsplash, you can then glue the framing tiles onto the remaining bare corners. Unlike the other applications when you applied a generous amount of epoxy, it’s important that this time you do not apply as much on the corner framing tiles. The reason for this is that you may need to remove the tile backsplash in the future and it’s imperative that you remove the corner framing tiles first before you can go on and unscrew the rest of the tile backsplash.