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Install a Tin Tile Backsplash

A Quick and Easy DIY Kitchen Makeover

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A kitchen tin tile backsplash

This tutorial explains how to install a tin tile backsplash. Although this material is usually associated with the kitchen, there’s no reason that it wouldn’t work in the bathroom as well. It can be applied to a bare wall or simply covering up Formica.

Tool and Material List

  • Measuring tape
  • Tin snips
  • Corded or cordless drill with drill bits
  • A marker that can be erased (so not a Sharpie)
  • Level
  • Safety gloves
  • Construction adhesive
  • Tin tiles
  • Matching tin accessories

Choosing Your Backsplash Material

Virtually all tin tiles used for backsplashes are square; 6 inch tiles are recommended (Of course the individual tiles are contained within sheets). First choose your preferred pattern. Most likely you will create a repeating pattern, possibly with an accent row.

Next select the best color for your application. One idea is to either match or complement your appliance colors. Although you can buy them uncoated and paint them yourself, it is easier and more professional looking to buy ones that have powder coated finishes.

Finally, don’t forget to pick up accessories, namely edge trim molding and switch plate covers.

Installation Steps

  1. Remove anything hanging on the wall as well as switch plate covers. Place drop cloths or sheet plastic on top of your countertop and appliances. Since your switch plates are off, turn off power at the breaker box just to be safe.
  2. Now it’s time for the layout. A good place to start in most cases is the stove. Using your level, measure behind your stove across the counter to establish a reference point of where to begin placing your tile.
  3. Next measure and cut your tile to the proper size. Be sure to wear your gloves when cutting the tiles because the cut edges are very sharp. Try to use un-cut factory edges on all exposed points when possible. They will have a straighter line and are much less likely to cut you.
  4. Whenever you need to cut an opening in the tile sheet for a switch plate cover or an outlet, carefully measure, draw the opening with your marker, and use your drill to make a hole in the center. The hole should be large enough so that you can get insert blade of your tin snips into it. Carefully cut out the opening.
  5. Generously apply construction adhesive to the back of the tiles and then carefully place the tiles on the wall. Slide the next tile in behind the first aligning properly to achieve a seamless look.
  6. Finish off by installing the edge trim molding and the cover plates.

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