Transworld Tile

If you’re hoping to save some money on your home improvement projects, then you’ve undoubtedly been looking into some DIY elements you can take on in your project; one such area is the kitchen tile backsplash. Homeowners are attracted to the idea of installing their own tile backsplash because it appears to be pretty simple: Stick sheets of tile onto the wall. Today, we’ll go over the actual steps to DIY your kitchen wall tiles (we’ll see if you’re still brave enough to attempt the project at the end):

Our Steps to DIY Tile Backsplashes

dreamstime_xxl_13321312Prepare the area

To prepare your workspace, first you’ll need to remove all appliances, clear off countertops, and clean the walls you’re about to lay tile upon. In order to clean the walls, either lightly sand a painted wall down or lightly rinse and wipe clean a non-painted wall (be sure to allow this to fully dry before continuing).

Do a trial run

We strongly recommend you do a trial run before laying tile with grout live. This gives you the opportunity to see how much tile you will actually use, where you will need to cut pieces for walls and corners (yes, you will need to cut tile), and get a feel for the work that you are about to take on. Try using a pencil to mark corners of tile before moving, effectively re-using one piece of tile to mock up the area.

Prepare mortar

Here is where things start to get tricky. The mortar used for securing tile to the wall (often called thinset) is similar to preparing cake or pancake batter, using a mortar paddle to stir the mixture. Be aware: Most of these mixtures only last about 4 hours from the time you begin mixing to when all of the tile needs to be installed. It is advised to mix small batches and have all tile ready prior to this point.

Lay Tile

You’ll need to apply mortar to the wall anywhere that tile is going to go in an area equal to or larger than the piece of tile. Apply mortar at a 45 degree angle using the flat side of the trowl; from there you will need to use the notched edge to comb more mortar in atop this flat layer. This prepares you to be able to lay the tile in designated areas. Use tile spacers if tiles need to line up (will depend on the type of tile chosen). Tile should be rocked gently into place for best hold.

Picking Tile is the Easy Part

The above steps don’t even begin to address the struggles associated with properly cutting tile, preparing and laying grout, or any number of challenges you could run into by attempting to DIY your kitchen tile backsplash. Remember, picking out a tile that will work with your kitchen through Transworld Tile’s awesome selection and friendly staff will definitely be the easy part.

Come on in or get in touch with us online to get started today.

We provide tile to the industry and design services to retail customers. We sell a large selection on ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone and marble plus setting materials.

Browse through our selection of tile and stone, we are sure that you will find the one you have been looking for. if you dont, give us a call and we can further assist you. 818-881-9700

just give us a call at 818-881-9700 or fill out one of the forms on our site, and someone will contact you to discuss your needs. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Awesome Company!

We recently went to Transworld Tile for the first time and our experience there was amazing. Warren went out of his way to help us with our choices. We had many rooms to work with and were f…Read More

Janet C. - Woodland Hills, CA

Showed Great Expertise

Warren at Transworld tile showed great expertise in showing my wife and I tile. He helped us pick sizes for our shower space and showed us all the colors and how to in cooperate them to make…Read More

Dave W. - Granada Hills, CA

Wonderful Selection

Brianna is the best. She made sure I got my tiles the same day. They have a wonderful selection of high end tiles. Super friendly and I would recommend this place to anyone.…Read More

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