The blank space on the wall behind your stove can quickly and effectively be turned into a functional and fashionable focal point for your kitchen.
Find out how a little know-how and a few essential tools can transform your kitchen this summer. For all your DIY tool needs, head to Kennards Hire.
Finish other decorations before you tile
If you're doing some DIY painting in your kitchen before adding your new backsplash, make sure the final coat is completely dry before you even think about adding tile to your walls. Make sure you consider the colour and style of your desired backsplash when it comes to renovating the rest of your kitchen, as you'll want the theme to be cohesive throughout the space.
Plan your pattern and colour scheme
The design of your backsplash can make a world of difference to your kitchen, so take your time to ensure you come up with a colour and pattern you're happy with. White, neutral kitchens can be quickly updated with a sleek silver tile effect, or a glossy black feature for contrast.
You can even use tiles of different colours, sizes and shapes if you're looking for a more eclectic effect.
Measure the area
Decide on the area you want to tile and measure it, jotting down the figures in a notebook as well as marking the dimensions on the wall in pencil.
Lay out your tiles in the desired pattern on the floor or counter and make notes on where you will need to make cuts. It's important the tiles all fit evenly and symmetrically on the wall for a clean visual finish.
Cut tiles and prepare wall
Use a wet tile saw to cut any tiles that need to be resized to fit into your backsplash. It's now time to cover counters and other areas with paper and painter's tape to avoid any unwanted splashes of mortar on these surfaces.
Apply mortar to the wall the in the designated backsplash area with a trowel, then press tiles one by one onto the wall, wiggling to create suction.
Spacers can be placed between the counter and tiles to help keep a straight line and stop hard surfaces from touching. Work from the centre bottom up and out, taking care to place tiles in straight, even line.
After the tiles dry and are set firmly on the wall, apply a light grout if desired.