Summer is here and that means you can get on those home projects you have been dreaming about. The kitchen is one of the most and easily renovated areas in the house. Small change in the kitchen can transform it to something completely new and refreshing. One of the easiest do it yourself renovation for your kitchen is installing a backsplash. A backsplash is the background to your painting, the witness to your cooking masterpieces, the unspoken muse to your cooking creativity. Backsplashes by nature are easy to clean and provide a protective shield for your walls. Those staining tomato messes are easily cleaned of the backsplash without any trace of stains. So a change in the backsplash can give your kitchen a whole new life and prepare it for the next Thanksgiving battle (dinner).
There are wide selection of tiles available in even more varieties of colours and patterns from which you can choose. Selections of materials usually tend to be between ceramic, glass, or stone. Once you know the basics on how to install a backsplash you can have anywhere in your home to keep your mojo going.
Before you begin have the materials you need ready with you. For this do-it-yourself renovation you need tiles, grout, adhesive, sponge, box knife, tile cutter, masking tape, and scrapers. These are all easy to find at your local hardware store.
Lets start with measuring. Measure the area of where you will apply the backsplash. Only after you have measured this area should you purchase your backsplash tiles or you will be left with the Goldilock scenario of too much or too little.
Before you begin the actual process of installation clean the walls with soapy water to remove oil, dirt or anything else that can make your tiles stick unevenly to the wall. Wait a few minutes till the walls are dry or use a dry cloth to dry the walls. Then remove the covers of outlets and switches, and cover any such exposed areas with masking tape, you really don’t want the adhesive in there.
Once you have cleaned the walls apply adhesive to a small section at a time. Make sure it is not thick and is evenly spread out. Slowly place the tiles on the adhesive and hold it in place. You should not have adhesive seeping from under the tiles. Clean any extra seepage with a cloth. Unless you are an obsessively careful planner, there are bound to be areas such as edges, corners where you have to cut the tiles to put them in place. Depending on the type of tiles you are using you can use a tile cutter or you can rent a machine to cut the tiles to your desires. A tile cutter might be the cheaper option depending on the type of tile.
Once the tiles are placed and the entire area is covered leave it to dry for 24 hours. After 24 hours it is time to apply the grout. Grout can be purchased pre-mixed or you can mix the grout as instructed. Apply the grout with a scraper at a 45 degree angle then wipe it off and make sure it fills in the spaces between the tiles. Once you have covered the backsplash with grout and it is drying. Wet a sponge with water and wipe of the excess grout on the tiles, you want to do this before the grout get too dry or your tiles are going to be hidden in it. Afterwards leave the grout to dry.
When the grout is dry you can remove the tape that was placed to protect switches and outlets that were removed. You may have to use longer screws to properly re-fit the outlets and switches. This is the last step in your quick kitchen transformation. The process will take a minimum or 2 days without counting the time needed for the grout to dry, but this is an easy home project that will change your whole kitchen. To take your renovation to the next step you might also want paint your kitchen walls and change the window coverings. With these it may take up to a week, but the whole process is simple and completely worth the new look.