If you’ve grown tired of your boring kitchen backsplash, you can spice it up by creating a mosaic on that very same wall. A mosaic is an interesting artistic technique owing to its use of small (mostly broken) pieces of colored materials such as glass, tiles, stone, ceramics, etc. You can buy such materials for your mosaic kitchen backsplash project. Or, you can recycle those broken plates. When choosing the colors for your mosaic backsplash, keep in mind the colors of the other fixtures in your kitchen. You will want the colors to be in harmony and to complement one another. In this article, learn how to create a mosaic kitchen backsplash.
- Measure the area for your backsplash. You will need the area measurement so that you can estimate the amount of tiling material to acquire.
- Cut paper of the same area as your backsplash. For this, you can tape several sheets of newspaper pages so that the area and shape equal that of your kitchen backsplash. Or, you can simply cut a very large sheet down to equal size and shape as the backsplash area.
- Break your tiling materials. You can be creative in breaking your tiles into different shapes and sizes. You may want to break them into even-sized shapes. Use tile snips to chip away at the edges to arrive at the desired sizes and shapes. Your tiling materials, of course, can be ceramic, glass, broken china, etc. Use your creativity. Just make sure the colors combine well with the rest of your kitchen colors.
- Arrange the tile pieces. Using the paper template you created in an earlier step, lay and arrange the tile pieces on the paper according to a design that you like. You can easily arrange the pieces if you lay the paper flat on the kitchen floor. Leave about a quarter of an inch between tiles. Once you are done arranging the pieces on the paper, you will use the template as a guide when you attach each tile piece to the backsplash.
- Clean the backsplash area. Using a sponge or rag, remove all dirt and dust. You may use oil removers to wipe off the oil and grime that stick to the backsplash area. Do not attach your tiles to the backsplash until the backsplash is completely clean and dry.
- Glue the tile pieces to the backsplash. Pick the centermost tile piece from the arrangement that you made in an earlier step. Using tile adhesive, glue this first piece to the center of your backsplash. Glue each piece carefully, working from center to bottom, then from center to top. Try to maintain a distance of about a fourth of an inch between tile pieces. Let the adhesive dry completely. It will usually be completely dry after 24 hours.
- Grout your backsplash. Prepare your grouting according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spread the grout using a float. After about 15 minutes, wipe off any smudges or excess grout with a damp sponge. Let the grout set completely.
Your mosaic kitchen backsplash will make your kitchen wall look pleasant. Your choice of tiling material will affect the overall impact of your mosaic backsplash, so it is important that you choose the right color, texture, and material for your tiles. After all, your mosaic will be relatively permanent on your kitchen wall.