I am so excited to share this post today. We finally finished our tiny kitchen renovation, and I can’t wait to share how it turned out with you. And the one thing I love the most?? The backsplash.
If you have thought about adding a new tile backsplash but are worried about how hard it would be, I have the perfect solution. This post will show you how I transformed the tiny cottage kitchen with a stunning DIY glass tile backsplash using Musselbound Tile Mat.
There are several reasons why I love a glass tile backsplash.
Although it may seem daunting to DIY a glass tile backsplash, I used a product called Musselbound Tile Adhesive Mat, which was a breeze.
The adhesive technology of the Musselbound Tile Mat eliminates the need for messy and time-consuming traditional mortar.
Plan your tile layout. I always choose the pattern (how the tiles will be laid) and then dry fit to see where my cut tiles will be. Usually, I will have a couple of patterns in mind and then choose the one that requires the fewest cuts, and I also try to keep my cut tiles out of sight lines if possible.
Gather the tools you need to get started. I used:
Clean your surface. I cannot emphasize this enough: thoroughly clean and let the area you will tile dry.
Decide on a pattern- dry set. This is so you can see where your cut pieces will end up. I want things easy, so I will have a couple of patterns in mind and choose the one with the fewest cuts. I have used this tile before -(did I mention how much I love glass tile) in a stack pattern (here) and a traditional subway pattern here.
It’s time to apply the adhesive mat.
Here are a few tips:
Press the mat firmly to the wall- I used a plastic putty knife to ensure it was in contact with the wall and to eliminate bubbles.
Slowly peel off the backing.
You are now ready for your tile.
Place your tile gently onto the mat. Once you have decided it is straight, firmly push the tile to activate the adhesive. The tile is moveable until you press to activate. Once the bond is activated, it will be really difficult to remove.
My glass tiles came with a white paper backing to protect the tile. The back of the tile is also white. So I missed removing one of the pieces of paper, and the tile did not stick. I had to cut out the piece of mat and add a fresh piece to get the tile to adhere correctly.
Continue placing the tile in a selected pattern using your spacers.
A note here. Whenever we cut a tile, and it was wet, I used a hair dryer to dry the tile before placing it onto the mat.
This took me maybe 2 hours to lay the tile. Now for the VERY best part. You are ready to grout!!! Woot, Woot.
Grout as usual.
This is how it turned out!
That’s it for today,
Until next time,
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