Ceramic Tile Backsplash Installation: DIY Step by Step Guide

Are you looking for a unique and beautiful way to design your kitchen or bathroom? Using a ceramic tile backsplash is a great way to add aesthetic to counters and walls using materials that are fully sanitary and easy to clean. Having a strong strip of ceramic tile can also protect the area from water damage caused by sinks or toilets.

Whether you’re redesigning your bathroom or customizing your kitchen, you may be considering installing a new tile backsplash. And unlike a TV aerial installation, for example, it’s possible to install a ceramic tile backsplash in a few simple steps without the need for calling in a professional. So for a cheaper home renovation, browse our beautiful and varied kitchen tile backsplash range and get stuck in to a hearty DIY project!

Things You Might Need

  • A tile cutter
  • A tile nipper
  • Measuring tape
  • Painter’s tape
  • Utility knife

Before you start, check out this video from The Home Depot which takes you through our below steps in a visual guide:

Step One: Examining Your Space

You’ll need to figure out where you’re going to install the tile, how much of the wall it will cover, and how much of the overall space it’s going to fill. This will help you determine how many tiles you need to buy.

Measure everything with a tape measure and write down the dimensions of the whole counter space and wall. This will also play a role in the type of tile pattern you choose. If you’re not covering the whole space, you’ll need to draw a centerline with a straight edge to help align your tile strip.

Step Two: Choosing a Design and Color

Depending on where you go shopping, you’ll likely have a large variety of tile colors and designs to choose from. Aside from the actual pigment on the tile, there are also different sorts of textures and patterns that you can use based on your personal preference.

You’re going to be looking at the tile on a daily basis, so it’s important to consider the design before installation.

Step Three: Preparing for Installation

Once you have all of your materials and measurements, it’s a good idea to lay out the tiles to see what they look like when fitted together before actually installing them. Make sure your countertop is completely free of items and fully cleaned, sanitized, and dried.

Protect the edges of your counter with painter’s tape and make sure to turn off all electrical outputs in the area. Your wall should have no holes or gaps; if so, clean the wall more thoroughly and use a sander if needed.

Step Four: Applying the Base and Installing the Tiles

Create your mortar mixture as explained by the instructions. Using a trowel, spread the mortar evenly as possible and comb in one direct to ensure the tiles will be even. Apply the tiles as you go. You may need to cut some of the tiles with a utility knife to work around outlets.

Step Five: Drying and Sealing

After the tile sits and dries for at least 30 minutes, you’ll need to seal it with grout sealer and clean the tile. In another day or so, add the grout to the tile. Grouting an important process because it ensures that all the spaces between the tiles are filled, so consider investing in a higher quality grout mixture.

Step Six: Enjoy the Benefits

Installing a tile backsplash yourself is a great way to save money and add style and function to any kitchen or bathroom. Consider installing a custom backsplash for your next DIY project! Ready to look at some backsplash inspiration? Check out our kitchen tiles page here.