How to Tile a Backsplash For Beginners


Unlike large areas like shower surrounds, a kitchen backsplash is a great tiling project for beginners. That said, depending on the complexity of the design, the type of tile, and whether or not there are obstructions like outlets and electrical switches, it can start to get complicated. So before you decide to tile a backsplash yourself, keep the following things in mind.

Tile Collection

Tile Cutter BanksPhotos

Tile with spacers yunava1

How to Tile a Backsplash




Backsplash Materials


Measure the Space

Prepare the Space

Measuring Tile Bill Oxford

Apply the Mortar


Lay the Tile

Laying tile backsplash BanksPhotos

Grout the Tile

Kitchen with glass tile backsplash Sisoje


#ScottTip – Since this is a beginner “how-to” I’ve suggested using caulk to finish the edges, but for a professional looking job I highly recommend using an edge profile. Profiles help to protect the tiles and create an easier transition between the tile and the adjacent wall. For more info about edge profiles check out this video on finishing tile installations.



Photos courtesy of iStockphoto.com

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