How to Make a Tin Tile Backsplash Part 2

What You'll Need
Tin tiles
Heavy duty gloves
Caulk gun
Construction adhesive or caulk
Finishing nails
Tin snips
Chalk line or marker
Bonding primer and oil-based paint (to paint the tiles)
Clear lacquer/polyurethane (if not to be painted)
Carpenters square

Installing a tin tile backsplash is a good way to enhance the look of any room. There are many different designs available in different colors, and each design brings an old-world look to the space.

Step 1. Create a Grid

Once you have prepared the area, you can now start installing the tin tiles. Make sure you wear protective goggles and heavy duty gloves when working with these tiles. It is recommended that you lay out the tiles on a flat surface to give you an idea of how it will look as well as determine which panels needed to be trimmed. Create a grid using a chalk line to guide you in creating an even layout of the tiles.

Step 2. Installing the Tin Tiles

Start either on the edge or corner of the kitchen wall. With the caulk gun, place some adhesive directly onto the wall. Do not go too close to the edges of the wall so the adhesive will not ooze out.

Draw out a square with an X in the middle using the caulk gun and adhesive, making sure you have enough adhesive only for one tin panel. Place the tile on the area carefully. Make sure you overlap the panels to create a seamless look. Apply a little bit of pressure on the tile. Install all the tile panels, working your way along the backsplash. With the tin snips, cut any excess tiles.

Step 3. Cutting the Tin Tiles

If you need to cut panels to fit to some areas, use the tin snip. However, using the full size tin panels is a better option so you can limit the number of panels to trim.

To trim the tin tiles, mark the tile depending on the size and shape you need on the back side of the tin tiles. Mark the tiles using the carpenter’s square and the marker. Still holding the carpenter’s square in place, cut along the marked lines with the cutter.

Measure the electrical outlets and mark this measurement onto your tile. Cut out the tile using the marked lines as your guide.

Step 4. Securing the Tin Tiles

After installing all the tin tiles, make sure that you secure them using the finishing nails. Hammer the nails in an angle for more strength.

Step 5. Cleaning the Panels

After you have completed laying all the tin tiles, put caulk on the seams of the panels. Smooth out any excess caulk on the panels using your fingertips. You can then use a damp cloth to clean out any excess caulk and wipe it afterward with a dry one.

Step 6. Finishing the Look

If you want, you can always paint the tin tiles according to the color you prefer. Make sure that you use a bonding primer and an oil-based paint.

In case you prefer to keep the original color of the tin tiles, then apply a coat of clear lacquer or polyurethane on the tiles for a clear, shiny finish.