We all know that DIY is a great way to save a bundle on home updates and renovations. But what if you’re a beginner? We all must start somewhere, and installing a mosaic kitchen backsplash is an easy way to make a big difference in the look of your kitchen!
As DIY projects go, installing wall tile in most kitchens is highly recommended. For one thing, it’s relatively inexpensive, depending of course on which type of mosaic tile you choose. Also, you don’t need a lot of skill or expensive, specialized equipment; you may not even need to cut the tile. Finally, it’s a project you can easily spread over two weekends — one to install the tile, and the second weekend to grout it.
What you do need, however, is the patience to follow instructions and do it right. Here’s a guide offering instructions and tips, which should give you the confidence you need to succeed.
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Once you’ve chosen your tile mosaic, you need to choose the right grout for your project. Once again, you have options, because there is more than one type of grout.
Colored grout can create different effects. For example, matching the grout to your tile color can make the pattern subtler. Choosing a grout that is either much lighter or much darker than the tile will make backsplash designs “pop,” emphasizing the lines and shapes of each individual tile in the mosaic. Grout is usually available in neutral colors, but some suppliers may offer others as well, including blue or red.
Unsanded grout is the best choice for mosaic backsplash tile, because the grout lines are smaller. Grout that is sanded offers a stronger bond, but that is more important for larger tiles and for areas that have a lot of wear and tear such as floors and showers. Unsanded grout is also best for glass or metal tile, because sand may scratch the tile surface.
Silicone or latex-based grout should be used at the bottom of the tile installation where the tile meets the kitchen countertop. This area often experiences slight shifting, and it’s possible that cracks could develop if powdered grout is used instead.
Plus, obviously, you will need a tile mosaic backsplash that has been properly installed. Let it dry for 24 to 48 hours before applying grout.
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A tile backsplash adds so much value to your home without a large expenditure of effort and money. When your grout is all dry and your tile is all clean and polished, you can be proud of the DIY project you’ve just completed, and will enjoy it for years to come.
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