In this video, This Old House tile contractor Joe Ferrante explains how to work with glass tile.
1 Mix thinset mortar, then trowel a thin skim coat onto the backsplash wall.
2 Smooth thinset with straight-edge trowel and wet sponge; let dry.
3 Lay out the 12 x 12-inch tile sheets on countertop.
4 Measure length and height of backsplash wall to determine tile layout.
5 Spread thinset onto wall with straight-edge trowel.
6 Press full tile sheet into the thinset.
7 Cut individual tiles from sheet to fit around electrical outlets.
8 Continue setting tile sheets across the backsplash wall.
9 Use undercut saw to trim window stool so tile fits behind the trim.
10 Use score-and-snap tile cutter to trim individual tiles to fit tightly around electrical outlet.
11 Spread thinset onto the back of individual tiles, and press to wall; use spacers to maintain consistent grout joints.
12 Use wet saw to trim tiles along the top of backsplash wall.
13 Once all of the tiles are installed, allow the thinset to cure.
14 Finish by using a rubber float to force grout into the spaces between the tiles; wipe off excess grout with a clean, wet sponge.
4 to 6 hours for average-size backsplash wall
Difficulty: Moderate to hard
It takes a few specialty tools and a lot of patience to set tile like a pro
used to apply thinset mortar
used to make fine, precise cuts in tile
Score-and-snap tile cutter,
used to cut individual tiles
used to cut back of window trim to accept tile
used to remove cover plates from electrical outlets and wall switches
used to cut individual tiles from sheet
used to scoop mortar from bucket
used to apply grout to tile
1. Glass tile,
2. Thinset mortar
sold in 12x12-in. sheets
2. Thinset mortar
for mixing mortar
for filling joints between tile