How to Install Sheet Tile in Backsplash

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Sheet tile refers to mosaics or other small tiles (two inches across or less) that are pre-mounted on mesh sheets of one or two square feet, so each of the tiles doesn't have to be hung individually. The tiles come already glued to the mesh with a consistent space between them (generally 1/8 inch) but aren't grouted. You hang the sheets like large tiles, but because of the mesh backing, you can cut away one or two rows of tiles as needed to make the sheet adjust to any size area you want, which minimizes the need for cutting the tiles themselves.

Things You'll Need

  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Tile adhesive
  • Notched trowel
  • Small tiles on mesh sheets
  • Razor knife
  • Grout
  • Grout float (flat rubber trowel)
  • Sponge
  • Caulk
  • Mark out the boundaries of your backsplash on the wall, using your level, pencil and tape measure. Mark a vertical line through the middle of the area.

  • Spread tile adhesive across the whole backsplash area.

  • Press your first sheet of tiles to the wall, lining up one edge of the sheet with vertical line in the center and leaving about 1/4 inch of space along the bottom of the sheet, where it meets the counter top.

  • Press the rest of the sheets to the wall in the same manner. Make sure the sheets are spaced the same distance from each other as the space between the pre-hung tiles on the sheets (you can set it visually by moving the sheets until you can't tell where one sheet ends and the other begins). Cut through the mesh backing of the tiles to get the end ones to fit within your marked backsplash. Let the tiles set overnight.

  • Spread grout onto the tiles with your grout float, pressing the grout in between the tiles while squeezing it off the surface. Wipe off the excess grout with a damp sponge. Don't grout the bottom seam between the tiles and the counter top, but leave the space open.

  • Let the grout set for 48 hours. Run a bead of caulk into the bottom seam between the tiles and the counter top.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ventilate the room when applying tile adhesive and grout.

References

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