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Adding a Kitchen Backsplash

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
One element to be considered when it comes to kitchen renovation is to add a backsplash that could add visual impact on the area. Adding a backsplash is quick and easy way to liven up an otherwise gloomy and old kitchen or bathrooms. There are hundreds of backsplash ideas you can consider, from tiling to painting murals. There are also several options when it comes to materials, such as concrete, metal, granite, marble, glass, mosaics, ceramics and natural stone. Granite is the strongest natural stone you can use for your kitchen backsplash.

Marble is another good choice because it is beautiful and has a high-style material that is easy to maintain. The only problem is it is very porous and easily absorbs grime and grease. Although concrete is porous as well, it is increasingly becoming popular since they come in fabulous colors and can be molded into any thickness.

Retro look is the in thing these days for living rooms and do not spare your kitchen with this wonderful trend. People are also using textured glass reminiscent of the 1950s for their kitchen backsplash. Ceramic tiles probably provide you the best when it comes to possibilities because they come in plenty of different colors, finishes and textures. Furthermore, they are affordable, easy to install and as soon as installed, could create a customized look on your kitchen. Keep in mind that when using ceramic tiles, the grout should be resealed and cleaned at regular times.

When installing backsplash, the materials you are going to need include measuring tape, mastic, tile saw or scribe, grooved towel 1/8”, sponge, buckets, gum rubber grout float, 3’ level or straight edge, pencil, chalk line for long scribes, tile nippers and ceramic tiles. Below are steps in adding a backsplash to your kitchen.

  1. First, measure the space of the wall and purchase your materials. Measure beginning from the countertop to the cabinets and measure the length of the wall between the countertop and cabinets. Multiply the two measurements to determine the square footage.

  2. When you arrive home, clean the wall area using soapy water and allow to dry and then sand burrs off the wall, then scribe a 1/16 inch straight line above the kitchen countertop. Use a grooved trowel in spreading mastic in approximately 1x1 increments, making certain to spread under the whole tile or mat. Lay the tiles and let cure fore eighteen hours or according to manufacturer’s instructions.

  3. When the tile is set the following day, clean the area using soap and water and remove excess mastic. Mix grout into paste, use the gum rubber grout float, and mash grout into joints. Clean grout off the tile top using a wet sponge. When you are finished, allow the grout to dry for a few hours.

Adding a backsplash definitely will make your kitchen look brighter and smarter. It is also a worthwhile activity and a great investment. It enhances the look of your gloomy kitchen and increases the value of your property.
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