Tiling a backsplash adds an element of style to any kitchen. Due to the comparatively small coverage area, many do-it-yourselfers decide to undertake a backsplash job as their first masonry project. Many choose ceramic subway tiles, that, because of their size and shape, require more cutting than some other kinds of tile projects like mosaics. Where a backsplash reaches obstructions like a window, an excess degree of attention is needed to ensure the perfect fit and professional outcomes.
Remove all light switch or outlet covers and sand the wall using 80-grit sandpaper so as to generate better adhesion for the tile. Wipe the wall using a damp rag to remove any dust.
Install whole tiles on the wall. Fill a V-notched trowel with glue and, holding the trowel at an angle, then spread the mastic over a place big enough to hold eight tiles. Work in sections of eight tiles and stop where a full tile will not fit between the preceding tile and the window.
Assess the distance between the last whole tile along with the window’s molding. Be sure to account for the grout space between tiles. Utilize a score-and-snap tile cutter to cut a tile to that width. Score the tile using the cutting wheel and then press back on the handle to snap the tile over the score line.
Measure and mark any tiles that need to be ripped to fit the corners of the window. Cut out the area to be removed using a motorized wet saw. Put the tile to the saw’s sliding table and push it toward the sword till you arrive at the corner of the marked area. Pull the sliding table, then flip the tile and then make the second cut.
Butter the rear of the cut tile using glue and push it into place beside the window. Repeat the procedure for every single cut tile. Once you’ve put all of the tiles, grout the entire backsplash.