Step 1: Prepare the wall

Preparing the Wall for for a backsplash
Photo by: Shaffer Smith Photography
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• Remove all the switch plates and outlet covers from the backsplash.
• Hand-sand the wall with 80-grit sandpaper to roughen the painted surface, then wipe off the dust with a damp rag.
• Measure and mark the exact center of the room’s visual focal point at the counter level (here, it’s the range).
• Using a sharp pencil and a 2-foot level, draw a perfectly plumb starting line through the center mark.
TIP: Lay out (dry-fit) your tile pattern on the floor first, to make sure it will fit evenly on the wall.
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    Tools List

    • two-foot level
      2-foot level
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • rubber float
      Rubber grout float
    • tile nippers
      Tile nippers
    • 3/16-inch v-notched trowel
      3/16-inch V-notched trowel
    • caulk gun
      Caulking gun with tub-and-tile caulk
    • bucket with sponge
      Bucket and sponge
    • tile cutter
      Score-and-snap tile cutter
    • wet saw
      Optional: Motorized wetsaw,
      rents for about $45 to $70 a day, plus blade rental, is invaluable for notches and other complex cuts

    Shopping List

    1. DECORATIVE TILE

    2. LISTELLO TILE

    border



    3. CERAMIC FIELD TILE

    4. BULLNOSE TILE

    5. UNSANDED TILE GROUT

    6. ACYLIC TILE MASTIC

    1 gallon for every 50 to 60 square feet



    7. CLEAN CLOTH

    8. 80-GRIT SANDPAPER

    9. CANVAS DROP CLOTHS

    to protect floor and countertop