Kitchen Makeover 1.3 – Backsplash

My friends, I owe you a long-overdue tutorial on the backsplash install as a part of my kitchen makeover. This project was my very first attempt at DIY tiling and I was a bit nervous to experiment in the kitchen, of all places. Tile isn’t exactly something that’s easy to fix if you make a mistake.

I chose a small subway-patterned glass tile in a sea blue color. I love a good deal, so I was ecstatic when I saw this beautiful tile on clearance at my local Home Depot a couple years ago (yes, it’s been sitting in my garage this whole time).

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I am IN LOVE with glass tile! The way the light bounces off the backsplash now brings me so much joy! It’s like jewelry for your kitchen — a little bling!

So the question is… How did I do it? Well, as I said, I was a bit nervous to experiment and do my first tiling job in the kitchen so I took the easy way out and used a fab product called SimpleMat Tile Setting Mat.

It’s basically a “sticker” of sorts that you use in place of mixing thin set. Super easy and no mess! It is quite a bit more expensive than thin set, but still way cheaper than hiring a pro! The instructions on the back are easy to follow and dummy-proof. Trust me! *wink*

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After setting the tile in place, I used a grout that came pre-mixed in a tub. You’ll push the grout into the tile spaces with a tool called a float, wipe off the excess, and wait until the next day for the grout to dry before polishing the surface. Step-by-step directions are included with both the tile setting mat as well as the pre-mixed grout, which makes this project way easy for an eager DIY enthusiast!

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My biggest tip for this project: make sure you wipe all your edges clean before letting the grout dry. There are a couple spots where I wish I would have been more of a perfectionist. Other than that, I love love love the results and would totally do it again in a heartbeat!

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Check out all the posts in the Kitchen Makeover series!

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Lots of love,
Mary

6 thoughts on “Kitchen Makeover 1.3 – Backsplash

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  4. sharon

    That color is glorious, i can see why they make you happy! And im very impressed with your take the bull by the horns attitude! Well done!

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