- Subway tiles
- Tile spacers
- Wall adhesive
- Grout sealer
- Grout float
- Tile cutter or wet saw
- Wet sponge
Subway tiles can be found in many of the underground subways throughout the world. The tiles are come in a brick-like shape and are used in many homes in bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes to create a high-end look usually associated with the older homes of the 20's and 30's. The look is very elegant and and expensive looking. However, you can achieve the look and save a lot of money by laying the tiles yourself. In this article we will be installing subway tile to a kitchen backsplash.
Determine how much tile you will need for your project. Measure both the width and length of your space and allow for overage. Purchase extra tile for cutting and for breakage as well as for keeping a few extras around in case a tile cracks for some reason. You will also need to determine whether you will be using bull-nosed tile for the edges or if you will use the subway tiles for the entire project. Bull-nosed tiles have a rounded edge and work great to frame a tile wall or countertop. Also determine the pattern that you would like the tiles to lay in. You can install them in a straight pattern or in a brick like pattern for added interest.
Apply the backerboard to the wall with screws so that the tiles will have a flat level surface to adhere to.
Start at the top of the backsplash and apply the adhesive to one tile at a time according to the package directions and place it on the backerboard. Press the tiles into place and place a spacer in between each tile as you work to create a straight grout line. Cut the tiles to fit the edges and let the tiles set according to the adhesive directions for drying.
Remove the spacers. Mix and apply the grout with the grout floater pressing the mixture into the spaces between the tiles. Use a wet sponge to wipe away any gout residue and let the grout set overnight. Apply the grout sealer and once dry, buff the tiles with a clean dry rag.
TIPS AND WARNINGS
- TIP : Use subway tiles in the bathrooms to keep a unified look throughout your house.