Back splash Tile
Wall Tile Adhesive (pictured below)
Trowel..the v-notched ones are the best for wall tile. HERE
Pencil, for marking
Chad designed a simple spreadsheet to help determine how much tile you need (square feet) and what the cost will be! You can see it HERE.
You'll want to first clean your walls, take the covers off any plug-ins or light switches you have, and also unscrew your light switches and plug-ins from the wall; as shown below:
Determine where you want to start. This was our biggest mistake; we didn't really think about it and ended up starting on the hardest wall! If you have a wall without switches or with an adjacent wall that you will put your tile flush up against, start there. We did not do this and needed to cut our first square!
To cut it, I held it up on the wall where we wanted it to go while Chad traced the outline of the socket, where we needed to cut.
Once we pulled them all off Chad would go cut!
When you place the tile around the sockets..make sure you go BEHIND it. This is why you unscrewed them in the first place, if you don't go behind them, it will look like your sockets are sinking into the wall--you want it to be even and flush with your wall tile.
We decided to go across the wall under our windows to join up with the other side. To do this, we took ALL the tiles apart and stuck them up on the wall individually, cutting a lot of them to form the top and bottom halves you see below:
Our little helper :) Our neighbors bought this HUGE tub of adhesive..it has now been used in 3 houses and we haven't even used half of it!
I would go back and softly tap all the tiles as I went, to make sure they were all secure and set well.
..and keep going! Marking and cutting tiles as needed!
Chad started numbering all the tiles we were cutting to make it easier to remember where they went.
And that's it! The end of Part one! Once all of your tile is laid you need to let is sit for 24 hours. In Part 2 we will show you how to grout and seal! The hardest part is now done! :)