How to Install a Mosaic Backsplash


Install a mosaic backsplash to make an amazing transition in your kitchen. A mosaic backsplash is a group of tiles or pieces of glass that have been arranged into a pattern or design of your choosing. While decorative in nature, its official purpose is to protect the walls in your kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Protective eye wear
  • Grout
  • tile adhesive
  • Spreader
  • Pattern
  • Tile
  • Towels

How to Install a Mosaic Backsplash

  • Design your pattern. There are no rules as to the type of pattern you should design only that it should be something you will enjoy looking at for quite some time. It is a good idea to draw the pattern out on something that is cut to size or at the very least cut to scale so that you can have a realistic idea of what the finished product will look like after you install a mosaic backsplash.

  • Gather your tools. It is always a good idea to have all your tools and materials collected and ready to go before you install a mosaic backsplash. This allows you to avoid wasting time searching for tools once the project stats and prevents impromptu runs to purchase or borrow tools once the project begins.

  • Arrange the tiles on your pattern. This is an important step that many people leave out. This gives you the opportunity to see the tiles in action and make adjustments before you actually install a mosaic backsplash.

  • Attach tiles to your wall with thinset (tile adhesive) and then allow to dry overnight. You will want to provide at least 24 hours so that you can be fairly certain that the tile is set and will not be easily dislodged during the next step.

  • Spread grout over the tile, allow to set for around 15 minutes, and then remove grout from tiles with a damp sponge. Once the grout has been removed you will want to wipe the tiles with a dry towel to bring out the beauty in your creation.

  • The final step when you install a mosaic backsplash is the clean up of your tools. Making this a part of the process every time you begin a project insures that your tools will always be returned to the proper place so that you can find them when you need them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use gloves and protective eye ware when you install a mosaic backsplash to avoid injuries.

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