Creating a splashback can be done in a number of ways. Whether you are creating a simple splashback for your kitchen or bathroom, or a more detailed tiled splashback, there are some basic tips and tricks to keep in mind when creating a splashback.
Cut the tiles
Whether you’re installing a new splashback in your kitchen or revamping your bathroom, you’ll need to cut the tiles. This is a fairly simple task and isn’t difficult, provided you have the right tools. If you’re a beginner, you may want to look into the tools and equipment that you need before you get started. Depending on the size of the job, you may need a wet table saw, an electric saw or a tile cutter.
The most obvious way to cut the tiles for a splashback is by scoring and snapping the tile. The score and snap tool is fairly inexpensive and is a great way to cut large tiles. It has a simple design that’s similar to a vice grip. It’s designed to cut out sections of the tile in a straight line.
You can also use an angle grinder with a tile cutting disc. This tool can be used to cut lines and to break tiles. It’s a good idea to have a wet tray of water in the machine so you don’t produce as much dust.
Using grout to tile a splashback creates a contemporary look. The high contrast grout lines are ideal for a contemporary room. The lines add a graphic element to the design, drawing the eye to the whole pattern.
Grout should be applied at a 45 degree angle to ensure it reaches the joints. The application process should be performed with a soft grout float. Applying grout on an angle will push the grout into the tiles quickly and efficiently.
Grout is available in a wide range of colours. Grey is popular, but there are other shades that are equally suitable. Choosing a colour that complements the tile’s texture is key. Dark grout is also trendy, giving an industrial look. Light colours are good for small spaces, as they recede into the background.
If you need to seal the grout, use a silicone-based grout sealer. Sealing grout makes it water resistant, which can help prevent stains and discoloration. Ensure the sealer is applied twice.
Temporarily attach tiles
Tempting as it may be to tackle your kitchen’s latest shindig on your own, the aforementioned task is best left to the professionals. Besides, the aforementioned mess of grout is bound to get your hands dirty. Not to mention the likes of your family and guests. While a plethora of tiles are certainly in vogue, they can be prohibitively expensive to install and maintain. Fortunately, there are a number of DIY hacks that will help ensure the success of your next big project. Using a sponge to clean up grout lines is one such technique. In addition to the usual suspects, consider installing a waterproof adhesive on the aforementioned splashback in case you spill a few. Alternatively, consider installing an inexpensive cabinet to house all your tools and supplies.
The aforementioned task may be an afterthought, but a little pre-planning can go a long way in ensuring the aforementioned mess is a cinch to tidy up. Keeping surfaces free of debris is also a no brainer, and a sleeve of plastic wrap can do wonders.
Repair a damaged wall before tiling
Whether you are installing new flooring or simply updating your splashback, you need to repair a damaged wall before you tile. When you repair a damaged wall, you ensure that the wall will be able to hold your new tile.
You can do this on your own or you can hire a professional. Either way, you can save yourself a lot of hassle.
First, you’ll need to clean the area. You’ll need a few things, including a tile cleaner, dish soap, and bleach. When cleaning, you should use caution and wear protective goggles. After cleaning, you should also remove any leftover dust.
Next, you’ll need to sand the wall. This is important to remove the texture and make the wall flat. You’ll also need to use a scraper to remove paint. It’s a good idea to use a straight edge to mark the uneven surface. You may also want to use a tin glove.
Once you have sanded the surface, you can start to repair a damaged wall. This can be a messy job. You’ll likely have to fill cracks and holes. In addition, you’ll likely have to tap the seams. You may also want to apply a skim coat.