Installing Faux Brick Backsplash
To create a faux brick backsplash, you can either choose tile or paneling. Tile is the more popular option nowadays, but paneling is a bit simpler to install. A guide to installing each method is listed below so that you can make a wise decision as to which one you wish to use.
Faux Brick Tiles
Step 1 - Prepare for a Level Tile Installation
Use a level and a chalk line to make a horizontal line in the middle of the wall area where the faux brick will be going. You want to avoid going along the counter line because that may not be level. This line ensures that you will get a proper installation.
Step 2 - Apply Tile Adhesive
Follow the instructions on your specific tile adhesive to get the walls ready for installation. Apply the adhesive right under the line you just made so you will be able to reference it. Use your trowel to create the thin coat of adhesive necessary for your brand.
Step 3 - Apply the Tiles
Begin putting the tiles up along the preset chalk line. As you move down the rows, be sure to stagger the faux brick so that it looks like the real thing. Also try to pull from different sets of tile because some packages are lighter than others. If you have a few going at once, you'll get a more randomized look. Put spacers in between the tiles to allow for grouting. Use the tile cutter to trim any tiles that need to fit in a certain area. Fill up the backsplash as you like. Allow the tiles to adhere and dry.
Step 4 - Grout the Tiles
Mix up your grout and apply it to the spaces in between the tiles. Wipe off any excess with a damp sponge. Allow this to dry and then re-wipe the tile to make sure it is clean. Your backsplash is now complete.
Faux Brick Paneling
Step 1 - Cut the Paneling
Measure out your backsplash and cut the paneling so that it will fit as you desire. There should be holes in the paneling for screws, so try to leave some of those in the area you cut off. This will stop you from having to drill some later on.
Step 2 - Apply Adhesive
Apply construction adhesive to the back of the paneling. If you have more than one piece of paneling to use, just start with one. Repeat this part with each panel after one has been completely installed.
Step 3 - Secure the Paneling
Look at the holes in the paneling and use them to screw the sheet into the wall. This will provide just enough support to allow the adhesive to dry completely.
Step 4 - Cover the Screws, and Caulk
Use the colored caulk to cover the screws you put it. This will help the brick look more realistic. Use the caulk at the bottom of the paneling as well, or on any exposed edges. Apply it to the joints as well if you have more than one piece of paneling.