I always knew I wanted a subway tile backsplash in this kitchen. It’s classic and clean and simple and I just knew it would look fantastic after our cabinets were painted.
We had already removed our old backslash and prepped the wall. And by this point, our cabinets were all painted and the island detailing was finished. It was time to get the subway tile kitchen backsplash up.
I found exactly what I was looking for at Home Depot: a mini subway tile pattern. The tiles came in sheets, already attached. Makes it so easy to install. I also picked up some pieces for the exposed edges around the window and wall. They have a bullnose, finished edge.
For the grout, I chose a non-sanded grout in Delorean Gray. It was the perfect gray color for the space. Not too dark, but just the right amount of contrast.
To apply the tile, spread a layer of thin set to the wall with a notched trowel, just like icing a cake. You want it to be thick, but not so thick that when you put the tile on it squishes out in excess. Apply a small section, then put the tile in place. You don’t want to apply all of the thin set to the wall, because it will dry before you can put all of the tile up.
While the tile squares make application easier, you’ll still need a tile saw on hand to cut out spaces for light switches and plugs, and the edges. It’s easiest to do this as you go along.
Once the tile is in place, let the thin set dry for about a day and it’s time to apply the grout. You’ll fill in the cracks with the grout, then use a thick sponge to wipe the rest away.
After the grout is finished, let it dry for about a day before you seal it. And wow, does it make a huge difference!
Home stretch, people, home stretch! Just a few more finishing touches and this room will be complete! Tomorrow I’m sharing one of my recent online classified finds. It was worth a 35 minute drive to another city 🙂