A backsplash is the thin layer of decorative tiles applied to a kitchen’s walls above the countertops to add color, pattern, or design and is generally installed during renovation projects. The goal for most backsplash installations is to provide waterproofing as well as enhance cleanliness for the individuals using the room. Here are tips on how to help your parents install a new backsplash in their home.

Use High Quality Tiles

The backsplash tiles should match the existing color of the kitchen or kitchen shelf. Your parents may want to install an all-over backsplash, which involves replacing everything in your kitchen. As a result, they may choose to use the same color for the whole project. If your family has a renovated kitchen that is painted in muted colors, then it makes sense for them to install an all-over backsplash throughout their kitchen. The color you select for your new bluestone tiles should be compatible with the existing floor and walls to prevent any bleeding or discoloration throughout the place. Wall and tile limestone have a diamond and charcoal-colored pattern that complements your kitchen style.

Get the Right Tools

A great job starts with the right equipment. Many tools in the market can help your parents during installation. It would be best if you had a grout float, foam, a bucket of water, tile spacers and level, tape measure, compass, and plumb bob to ensure that the tiles are perfectly aligned. The compass is used to draw circles on the tiles to prepare them before application. Nail-on spacers should be locked into place before cutting the timesheet. Use wall anchors and grout with a sponge. You also need a chalk line to ensure that the tiles are straight.

Prepare the Surface

Prepare the surface before installing a new backsplash. You must remove the old tiles or adhesive material by cleaning them with a dry cloth. The wall must be clean and free of dust. You can use a damp sponge and mild detergent to eliminate stubborn stains from the walls. Take the time to scrape off damaged plaster or loose paint. After this, you can apply a layer of concrete sealant. This can be done by using a thin coat of the first sanding and then allowing it to dry. Then, apply two more coats of sealant on the surface, allowing it to dry for an hour between each coat. Let the surface dry for at least 24 hours before beginning work.

Measure the Length of Your Backsplash

Use a measuring tape and measure the space where you want to install the new backsplash. Take into account that there should be at least 4 to 6 inches of space between each backplate and surface. You can also use a measuring tape to determine how many tiles you need for your backsplash. Measuring how many tiles you need is easy by marking a straight line on the wall and measuring the distance between the two lines. Measuring the backsplash height is just as easy.

The backsplash tiles should match the existing color of the kitchen or kitchen shelf. You can use high-quality tiles to ensure that you have a lovely-looking backsplash that will last for many years.

By Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing.

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