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A project like ceramic tiling your kitchen backsplash is amazingly simple and shouldn’t cost you too much, and it makes a big difference to your kitchen’s look. Along with making your sink area look beautiful, you will also be adding extra protection to the wall area behind your sink at the same time. To add ceramic wall tiles to your kitchen should only take you around 2 days and is much easier then you would think.

Ceramic Wall Tiling Tools:

  • Tape measure

  • Level

  • Tile cutter

  • Tile nippers/tile saw

  • Goggles

  • Notched trowel

  • Rubber grout float

Ceramic Wall Tiling Materials:

  • Waterproof mastic tile adhesive

  • Waterproof grout

  • Glazed wall tiles

  • Latex gloves

  • Plastic washers

  • Screws (1-1/4″ to 1-5/8″)

Wall Preparation:

You will need to check the soundness of your wall’s’ before you start wall tiling:

  • Make sure your ceramic wall tiling area is dry, clean and firm/strong enough to hold the weight of your ceramic wall tiles. If you have signs of damp or condensation you will need to wait for the wall to dry. This can be speed up using a dehumidifier. Not waiting for a damp wall to dry will cause you major problems such as the wood in the wall rotting due to the moisture being sealed in. Also if you have a drywall with any damage you will want to repair this now.

  • Once the wall tiling area is dry you will need to prepare the walls for tiling before you choose your backsplash layout.

Backsplash Planning:

Your first choice to make is how far up the wall you will want your backsplash (there is no standard height for this it is 100% down to personal preference). A standard sort of height for a backsplash used by most is 4″ from the counter surface.

Amount of Wall Tiles Needed (estimation):

Measure your backsplash area in both length and width. Multiply the length by the width to workout the wall tiling area in square foot. An average 4′ x 1′ backsplash tiling project would need around twenty 6″ tiles.


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