How to Tile the Backsplash Behind a Range

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If you have a plain plasterboard wall behind the stove top range in your kitchen, you can install ceramic tiles to create a backsplash behind your range top. A backsplash is easier to clean than a painted wall. It also brightens and gives more personality to your kitchen. Choose tiles in any color and design you want. You can combine solid colors to create a patchwork or other design, or arrange patterned tiles to create a larger design on the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Pencil
  • Mortar
  • Trowel
  • Grout spacers
  • Grout
  • Foam rubber float
  • Soft cloth
  • Sponge
  • Measure the area where you want to install the backsplash with a tape measure. Buy enough tile to cover the area, including extra tiles for half pieces and mistakes. Purchase the tile you want at any ceramic, home improvement or kitchen supply store.

  • Turn off the gas or electricity of your stove. Disconnect the gas or electric line running from your range to the power source. Move the range far away from the wall so you have room to work.

  • Mark the area on the wall where you want to install the backsplash, using a pencil. Draw any necessary lines or guides you need to lay the tiles in the design that you want.

  • Cover the whole area you want to tile with mortar. Spread mortar on the wall with a trowel. Create ridges in the mortar by holding the trowel at a 45 degree angle to the wall.

  • Position and then press each tile into the mortar, using moderate pressure. Insert grout spacers in between every two tiles to space them evenly. Allow the mortar to dry 24 hours before applying grout.

  • Apply grout over the surface of the tiles with a foam rubber float. Start in one top corner and apply the grout in a diagonal hand motion, moving across to the other corner. Wipe the excess grout off the face of the tiles using a soft, dry cloth.

  • Wait 30 minutes for the grout to set firmly in the joints. Wipe off remaining grout with a damp sponge, using moderate pressure.

Tips & Warnings

  • Let the mortar dry completely so that the tiles don't move around when you apply the grout.
  • Buy more than enough tile to finish your backsplash. It will be impossible to finish your backsplash if you run out of tile and cannot find other tiles that match the ones you used.

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  • Photo Credit Tile image by Laima Penekaite from Fotolia.com
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