A backsplash prevents water from staining the wall area above the kitchen or bathroom sink. Tin tile has developed from a ceiling material in old homes to a decorator accent within modern residences. The variety of colors, sizes, and designs makes it great backsplash material. Install a tin tile backsplash to refresh the look of your kitchen without the expense of a complete remodel job.
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Step 1: Remove wall hangings and switch plates from the area designated for backsplash installation. Place a drop cloth over countertops and appliances. Turn off power to the immediate work area at the fuse or breaker box.
Step 2: Measure across the countertop, going behind appliances like the stove, using the tape measure and level. This provides a reference point for initial tile placement.
Step 3: Put the work gloves on and measure the area to be tiled. Cut tiles to fit the area, using the tin snips. Use the uncut edges whenever possible because these are not as sharp and offer a straighter line. Use the drill to start any holes that must be cut out for switch plates or outlets. Make sure the blade of the tin snips will fit into the starter hole. Insert the snips into this hole and cut out the correct shape.
Step 4: Apply the construction adhesive to all cut tiles, using a sufficient amount so tiles will stick to the wall. Working carefully, place each tile onto the wall in order, creating a seamless look by sliding a tile in behind the one just installed.
Step 5: Once the backsplash installation is complete, replace the outlet and switch plate covers. Turn the power back on to the area at the fuse or breaker box.