You will need:
Your choice of glass tiles
Tile nippers (optional)
- Tile adhesive
- Paint brush
- Safety goggles
- Plastic trowel
If you’re looking for a way to add a personal touch to your bathroom, adding a glass tile backsplash is a fun and inexpensive way to go. Read on to learn how to create your own professional looking backsplash.
First, to ensure that the tiles will adhere well to the wall, youâ€™ll want to start by cleaning off any grease and dirt that may be present in the area that is to be tiled. Then, follow up by lightly sanding the cleaned area.
After this step is complete, the fun of designing begins! Lay your tiles out on a table or the floor, and experiment with your design options. You can use tiles whole, or cut them with tile nippers to create a wide variety of patterns.
If you do decide to cut tiles, simply place the tile inside a pair of tile nippers, so that the place that you want to cut falls along the edge of the nippers. Then, just squeeze down on the handle, and your tile will break in two. Note: Safety glasses are a must for this step.
Once you’ve come up with a design that you’re happy with, it’s time to adhere your tiles to the wall using tile adhesive. To create a complete bond, you’ll need to apply a coat of the tile adhesive to the back of the tiles, and also to the area of the wall where they will be installed. Since the adhesive can dry quickly, you’ll only want to apply it to a small area at a time. (For easy application, try a paintbrush.)
To give your backsplash a uniform look, you’ll want to use spacers between each tile. (This will ensure that your grout line remains consistent throughout the design.) To install the spacers, just butt a plastic, l-shaped spacer up against the edge of the first tile that you install. Then, butt the second tile up to the other side of that spacer, and repeat until all of the tile has been installed.
Once this step is complete you’ll need to allow at least 24 hours for the tiles to dry, before continuing on. Tip: To ensure that the tiles bond well, you can use nails to hold the edge tiles in place while they are drying. Just lightly tap a nail into the wall next to each edge tile, and the nail head will hold the tile in place until the adhesive is dry.
After 24 hours has passed you are ready to move on to grouting. Open up your container of grout, and begin applying it to the tiles with either a trowel or float. Since the goal is to fill in all of the cracks between the tiles, you’ll want to apply the grout liberally. (Don’t worry if grout gets onto the tiles, it will be can be cleaned off in the next step.)
Once you are satisfied that the cracks have been filled in, it’s time to work on cleaning the excess grout off of the tiles. To do this, wet a sponge, and use it to wipe the tiles. You’ll need to rinse the sponge frequently to make progress. Continue to wipe and rinse until the tiles have been restored to their original state.
Then, just allow the grout 24 to 48 hours to dry, and your tile backsplash is complete!