7. CLEAN CLOTH 8. 80-GRIT SANDPAPER 9. CANVAS DROP CLOTHS
to protect floor and countertop
Tools You Will Need:
1. 2-foot level
2. Tape measure
3. Rubber grout float
4. Tile nippers
5. 3/16-inch V-notched trowel
6. Caulking gun with tub-and-tile caulk
7. Bucket and sponge
8. Score-and-snap tile cutter
9. Optional: Motorized wetsaw, rents for about $45 to $70 a day, plus blade rental, is invaluable for notches and other complex cuts
Enter any attractive, well-designed kitchen and your attention - not surprisingly -will likely be drawn to the finely crafted wood cabinetry or gleaming appliances. You’ll probably not even notice the kitchen’s backsplash area, that innocuous sliver of wall running between the countertop and upper wall cabinets.
To help convert this boring wall space to an attention-grabber, we asked Jimmy Tiganella, owner of Classic Tile in Oakville, Connecticut, to show us how to install a glazed ceramic tile backsplash. For visual interest, this particular design uses tiles of various sizes, including decorative field tiles and fanciful border tiles. The result is an attractive, durable, easy-to-clean surface that greatly enhances the overall look and functionality of the kitchen.