Well, I s’pose the title gives it away but I’ll point out the obvious…we fell in love with the idea of classic white subway tile for our little corner kitchen. Cheap, traditional, chic.
Backsplash Tiling Step-by-Step:
- Sand the painted wall enough to rough it up.
- Apply the mastic (adhesion medium) with a 3/18” notched trowel.
- Starting at the bottom, tip tiles up into the mastic and gently press into place.
- Insert tile spacers and continue tipping tiles into the mastic from the bottom up.
- Remove spacers and smear the whole shebang with grout, making sure to push grout into the spaces between tiles.
- Clean with a wet sponge several times, making sure to remove all grout compound from the surface of the tiles.
- Caulk (not grout!) between the bottom tiles and the counter.
We decided to go with a classic brick pattern for a traditional look. As you can imagine, this project required VERY careful measuring (good thing one of us is type-A, huh?), patience, and some equipment rental.
Lesson learned: pay a little more for the better wet saw. This old geezer was a nightmare!
We tiled from the oak butcher block counters all the way up to the bottom of the cabinets. We figured we were using affordable tiles, might as well go for a big impact! We installed a border of bullnose tiles (those with a quarter-rounded edge) for a tailored look and nice finish.
Here, we tiled around the spot where the range would be inserted—in the kitchen’s previous life, there was nothing on the wall near the stove but paint. Badly soiled, grease-stained paint. Ick. Washable tile=not just prettier, but more SANITARY, too!
As you can see, we opted for corbels under the cabinets/shelves. We chose these to complement the classic look we are going for in this kitchen. These puppies were cheap (under $9/ea.) at Home Depot. We had paint tinted to match the cabinets and gave the brackets a healthy three coats of paint to blend right in.
Of course, that meant we had to be even more careful with all that tile measuring/cutting business.
And here’s a shot with the counters cleaned up:
Remember the kitchen six months ago when we bought the old corner house?
Well, it’s been a long few months but we’re gettin’ there, folks!
Looking forward to Chris’ return TOMORROW!!! (He’s been fightin’ fire in New Mexico.) Don’t worry…I’m ready to greet him with a super long honey-do list. Might let him have a nice dinner first—what with that pretty kitchen and all!
Thanks for stopping by!