Installing Kitchen Glass Tiles on Drywall Installing Kitchen Glass Tiles on Drywall

What You'll Need
Glass tiles
Straight edge
Latex modified white thin set
Notched trowel
Glass mosaic tile cutters
Diamond wet saw
Rubber float

Kitchen glass tiles impart a vibrant and colorful touch to the kitchen, especially when used between the cabinets. Such tiles are easy to clean, and the best part is that the textures make the kitchen look more welcoming.

There is a large variety of glass tiles to choose from, like stained glass and mosaic. However, there are a few things to remember while installing glass tiles: make sure that you apply a waterproofing membrane before the mortar and also note that thin set gives a better look when compared to that of mastic.

Step 1 – Clean the Surface of Application

Remove any obstacles near your work area. Make sure that the area is devoid of grease and loose pieces. Ensure that the surface is dry, stable, and moisture free.

Step 2 – Measure the Surface

Measure the area with the help of a measuring tape. Find the center of the wall. Dry fit your tiles and mark a couple of guidelines using the help of a level. Make both horizontal and vertical lines passing through the center of the wall. If you want to experiment, try placing the tiles diagonally at an angle of 45 degrees. You can make the tiles unique by hand painting or even asking the family members to leave their palm prints on a few tiles.

Step 3 – Thin Set Application

Read the manufacturer’s instructions before mixing the thin set, and follow the instructions. The consistency should be thick and creamy. Always use white thin set for glass tiles. Using the flat side of your trowel, apply thin set to the surface you intent to tile. Apply onto the area covering just a few tiles, ensuring that the thin set does not dry before you finish tiling. Then, using the notched area, flatten the thin set.

Next, flatten the peaks created by the notched trowel to create a smooth surface. This helps in minimizing the air pockets. Do not flatten the thickness of the thin set. Note that the aim of this process is to even out the thin set and not to reduce its thickness.

Step 4 – Tiling

Place the tile in the thin set and align with the guide lines. Press gently with your hand to ensure adherence to the thin set. Make sure that it is aligned evenly. Add extra pressure by tapping with a hammer on a wooden beating block.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the rest of the tiles. Make sure that the tiles are aligned according to the guidelines. After finishing tiling, let the tiles cure for a period of at least 24 hours.

Step 5 – Grouting

Check with manufacturer regarding the type of grout that is suitable for the tiles you have chosen and mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Using a rubber grout float, apply the grout onto the tiles at an angle of 45 degrees. Ensure that there are no air pockets in between and scrape out the excess using a rubber float at an angle of 90 degrees. Let the grout set for about 20 minutes. Using a damp sponge, scrub off the excess grout.

Allow the grout to cure for the next 24 hours and finish off by caulking the edges where the tile meets the wall. 

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