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tiles are hidden up under- neath the kitchen cabi- nets and in the far corners of the kitchen backsplash area.
Kitchen Backsplash Once the kitchen back-
splash area is prepared, begin by applying tile ad- hesive to the backsplash area. Apply it in small patches, e.g. just 2 to 3 square feet at a time, and use the notched trowel to create 1/8 inch grooves in it. Then, using your center reference lines as a starting point, begin to affix tiles to the kitchen backsplash area. If you have hard to reach places for applying the tile adhe- sive, back-butter the tiles with a thin layer of adhe- sive before placing them on the wall. Continue to work your way across the kitchen backsplash area one row at a time. With my kitchen back- splash tile project I used 4”x4” tiles for the two bottom rows, followed by a 3 inch row of small colored glass tiles, and then finally capped off with one final row of 4”x4” tiles slightly trimmed at the top. I then used a few trim pieces to cap off the opened tile ends. In addi- tion, I used bull-nose tile on the sides that abutted a window area that looks into our family room.
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unique issues. You don’t necessarily want to tile all the way down the wall behind the stove, however you want to tile enough so that no one can see gaps in the tile if they look on an angle at the stove. In my particular situation I attached a small ledger board that went parallel and evenly across the gap in the granite backsplash area. This way the first row of tiles over the stove area had something to rest on while the tile ad- hesive cured. After the first row of tiles
set up I then removed the ledger board and installed one additional row of tiles below the first row and into the stove area. I used tape to hold this particu- lar row of tiles to the first row of tiles that had al- ready set up from the day before. After you’ve installed all
After installing the tiles allow 24 to 48 hours before grouting. and columns.
If you are installing a
unique mosaic pattern, lay the pattern out on the kitchen countertop before applying it to the wall. This way you can make sure you have all the nec- essary tiles before fasten- ing them to the wall. As you install the tiles,
make sure to apply 1/8 inch wedges along the bottom row, and then use the standard 1/8 inch tile spacers on the upper rows
Tiling Behind Kitchen Stove
Tiling behind the kitch- en stove presents its own
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the tiles, allow 24 to 48 hours for the tiles to set up before grouting the newly tiled backsplash.
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