We’ve been cooking up some more progress in our kitchen makeover. Once our granite countertops were in, our next step was to install a kitchen backsplash. We browsed several tile and home improvement stores and decided on 1” x 2” brick shaped ceramic tile from Lowes.
We started the backsplash installation by covering our new counters with newspapers to prevent any adhesive or grout from dripping on them. Then we removed the outlet covers and sanded down any glue that was left over from the countertop border we previously had. After the prep work, the fun began!
This was my first tiling job so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy it was. The helpful folks at Lowes recommended an easy-to-use adhesive and grout which made the process much simpler and faster (and no one is paying me to say this, it’s my honest review!) We started by spreading Tec Ready to Use Adhesive onto the walls and then simply stuck the 12” x 12” sheets of tile on top. Like the name implies, the adhesive is ready to use straight from the tub and no mixing of anything is involved. Simply spread on the walls in an even coat and stick the tiles on top, easy as pie!
Between each sheet of tile, we used plastic tile spacers to ensure there were equally sized gaps for grouting later on. It only took us a few hours to adhere all of the tiles to the wall and then we let it set overnight.
The next day, it was time to grout. Grouting was also super easy because we chose another pre-mixed ready to go product, Tex Ready-to-Use Grout in Casual Beige. It’s a little pricier that regular grout (which is typically a powder that you mix with water), but unlike regular grout which requires sealing afterwards, the ready-to-go stuff doesn’t require sealant which makes the price difference less noticeable. Plus as an inexperienced grouter, I enjoyed the peace of mind of not having to worry about mixing the exact amount of water into the grout, and risking ruining it with the wrong amount.
Working in small sections, we simply slathered the grout on top of the tiles, making sure the gaps between each tile were completely filled. After a couple minutes, we wiped the tiles down with a wet, and then dry, sponge to remove any excess grout from the top of the tiles. This was the hardest part of the grouting process because we needed to give the grout a little bit of time to set, but we also had to act quickly and wipe it off fast enough to ensure the grout didn’t dry on top of the tiles. For this reason, it’s really important to work in small sections and only grout a small area at a time.
But after a couple of hours, and a few more passes of sponge cleaning the tiles, our grout was done! I was so surprised at how easy the process was (which is mostly due to the products we used and because the 12” x 12” tiles are fast to install). I was so happy, I even wandered around the house seeing what else I could tile! But no more tiling projects for us just yet, we still have to finish our kitchen makeover by painting the walls and adding some decorative cabinet trim.
In the meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek at how our kitchen is looking so far, renovation mess and all! Adding the backsplash already makes the kitchen look much more finished.
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