This backsplash tile installation project spreads over 3 separate areas of this kitchen.
This is the smallest area of the 3 separate 'backsplashes' of this kitchen. The peeled paint/drywall and other wall damages are what's left after the homeowners had the old countertops and their matching 5 in. backsplash removed.
The new countertops are installed but no matching 4-6 in. backsplash because the homeowners prefer the new backsplash tile installation to start right on top of the countertop.
The tile will cover most of these damages but some will be fixed later by a drywall guy after the backsplash tile installation is grouted and complete.
This second area includes a lower countertop as a desk which comes in very handy for kids doing homework in the kitchen or anyone else needing a chair and desk/table height incorporated within the kitchen cabinets.
The upper cabinets are also lowered exactly on the same area where the countertop is lowered so this will make for an interesting task of perfectly aligning the thin tile strips to sit on both countertops in full pieces and also run left-right uninterrupted from one countertop to the other.
You can also see the peeled paint spots where the countertop backsplash was glued to the drywall. These areas will be covered by the new backsplash tile installation. Both left and right ends of this drywall have wooden door trims and that's where the new tile will start/end.
There's a 3rd main area which is an L shaped wall - we'll see that later.
After the plastic covers were removed, both the switch and outlet seen below needed to be loosened from their screws and pulled away from the wall a little to make room for tile to go behind the metal tabs of an outlet or switch.
The L-shaped main area of this backsplash is shown below. The first row of 12 inch tile sheets is already installed. There are quite a few (hard to see) switches, outlets and other things in the way and each of them needs to be partially removed for a proper backsplash tile installation.
The biggest thing in the way is the intercom panel which was disconnected from the wall without disconnecting any wiring, and it just sits on the countertop for now. It will be placed back in its place in the big empty area inside the wall seen on the right side of the picture, after grouting is done.