Tips for Installing a Kitchen Tile Backsplash Over Drywall

A kitchen tile backsplash adds visual interest to a kitchen and is a quick, relatively simple do-it-yourself project when a few things are considered.

Check the Drywall

It is important to be sure the drywall is clean and free of water damage. If any water damage is present, remove the drywall and replace it with a waterproof material of equal thickness.


Choose glazed tiles because porous or unglazed tiles cannot be adequately cleaned and frequently will become stained from food residue.

Consider Cutting and Adhesives

Glass tiles, porcelain, and many specialty tiles cannot be cut with a regular tile cutter and often need special adhesives.

Spacing Lugs

Lugs are small extensions in the tile sides which establish a thin grout line when tiles are butted up against each other. If lug tiles cannot be purchased, a piece of cardboard works well in place of plastic spacers.

45 Degree Angles and Decorative Tiles

Off-setting the tiles at a 45-degree angle can create an appealing effect that is not complicated for the few backsplash lines. In the same fashion, investigate purchasing decorative center tiles to be placed every so often. Though these tiles are often expensive, only a couple are needed to cover the small backsplash area and can add a lot of interest.