Installing Kitchen Backsplash Tile Using Adhesive Tile Mat

5 Materials
$150
2 Days
Medium

One weekend to an amazing kitchen renovation!


Please note that the tutorial here is an abbreviated version of the one on my site so that you can see the overview. If you'd like more details, and if you'd like to download a supply sheet and printout of the steps involved, or see the video, please visit the full tutorial.


Recently, I worked on a townhouse flip where I mentored a group of teens. They gave me two days of their time, and they learned several projects involved in flipping a property.


It was a great experience for everyone, and if you'd like to see the whole project and the profit made, you can view that here: Townhouse Renovation.


Since the projects needed to be simple and not overly time consuming, but we also needed the place to look great and be well done, we spent a little extra money and saved a lot of time by using an adhesive tile backing in the kitchen.

Here's where we were starting.

We used an adhesive tile mat. It was so easy!


Just unroll it and apply it to the wall.

Continue applying the adhesive tile mat in strips along the wall. Make sure everything is lined up and straight.

Peel off the protective covering from the front. This will expose the sticky part of the mat that the backsplash tile will adhere to.

Press the tile sheets onto the adhesive mat. Hold and press for a few seconds (make sure it's level)

Cut out the tile (easiest if you're using tile on a mesh backing like this one) around the outlets.

When it comes to the area around the cabinets, you'll measure and cut these with a wet saw.

Notice that we didn't cut it all the way to the bottom because, for this space, we needed the bottom two rows to remain fully intact.

Placing the puzzle piece in place!

Now it's time to add the grout. We used premixed grout to keep things quick and simple.


You can use a float to spread the grout, or you can use your hands (with gloves on) like I did.

Once the grout is applied, you'll use a damp sponge to clean off the excess grout from the tops of the tiles.

Look at the after photo! What a quick and easy transformation this glass tile backsplash made.

And here's a closer view of how beautiful it looked.


We ended up selling this "teen renovated" townhouse at a record price and the kids learned a lot about home renovation.


If they can do it, you can too!


Let me know if you have any questions.


Marcia

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  • Kelli Cook Kelli Cook on Mar 15, 2021

    I’m impressed! Great details on the “ how to”! Is it possible to do this on top of tile? I have ugly tiles in kitchen. I don’t have a wet saw either. 😕

  • Faye Edwards Faye Edwards on Sep 18, 2021

    Using this adhesive mat(I have never heard of till now), do you think it can be done over existing tile? (Yes I know the title would have to be cleaned very well)

  • Jp Jp on Mar 19, 2022

    I can't tell if the tile is peel & stick (as per the link) or glass tile. I didnt think you needed to grout peel & stick.

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  • Elaine Elaine on Mar 20, 2022

    I'm a contractor and have done tons of tiling. I'm struggling to understand the benefit of using an adhesive mat vs. actually using adhesive. There is certainly no time savings. Not to mention I'm very skeptical of this adhesive paper holding up to steam from cooking.

    • Mrs. Bow Mrs. Bow on Mar 22, 2022

      Yes it definitely will hold. It can also be cleaned often. I’ve used cheap peel and stick tile without all the extra steps and haven’t had any problems with it. I understand you questioning the mat. I would’ve left that part out.

  • Patty Patty on Mar 22, 2022

    Looks great. You learned a lot with the girls.

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