Backsplash Tile Installation - What to expect your kitchen to go through. 

 

Let's walk through this backsplash tile installation project to get an idea on what's involved and what to expect your kitchen to go through during this process.


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Here's the 'before' view of half of this backsplash area...

Kitchen backsplash area seen before tile installation - Scottsdale, AZBefore Backsplash Tile - 1st Half


And here's the other side of this backsplash area going all the way to the fridge. 

Before Backsplash Tile.Before Backsplash Tile - 2nd Half


The following pictures show the main work steps involved in installing a backsplash and how I treat your kitchen during this process. 


Once you have everything removed from your countertops, I use this plastic sheets with tape as the first layer in protecting your counters. The plastic sheet also goes down over the face of your cabinets, covering the drawers area.

Plastic sheets being taped to protect the countertops before starting to install tile on the backsplash.Plastic sheets being taped to protect the countertops.



The next layer of protection can be towels, drop cloths and even cardboard. They get moved around as the tile work progresses. 

Towels and cardboard protect your counters even more during tile installation for your kitchen backsplash in Phoenix, Scottsdale, etc.Towels and cardboard protect your counters even more.

Measuring and marking a tile to be cut around an electrical outlet/switch during kitchen backsplash tile installation.Marking the place on a tile where an electrical outlet will be.


As you can see, this type of tile does not have any straight edges. This means that even a piece of tile that goes on an otherwise open area of the backsplash with no obstacles nearby, still needs to be cut straight on the side that goes against the countertop.

Making difficult tile cuts and installing tiny tile pieces around a backsplash electrical outlet or switch.Change outlet bolts with longer ones. Cut tile around outlet and notch the marked area so plastic covers can be installed properly at the end.

The black sharpie mark you see on the above tile, needs to be cut out because that's where the tiny bolt holding the plastic cover will have to go through at the end of the job.


It's definitely a delicate part of the process and it's very important to be done right so your outlet will be strong enough to take on the forces of pushing and pulling the things you'll be plugging in there.


All outlets and switches will be pulled out a bit and they will most likely need longer bolts to accommodate the thickness of tile. There's quite some work for each outlet or switch and this takes time to be done right.

notch in tileThe tile cuts and notches...
outlet...for this type of outlet.



Even your concrete floor (patio, garage, etc) is protected with a tarp on the area where the wet saw is placed. This tool has a diamond blade and it's used to cut your backsplash tile to the right size. The use of water makes cutting tile a dustless event. No dust!

Even your garage floor or concrete patio is protected with tarp under the wetsaw.Concrete patio or garage floor is protected with tarp under the wetsaw.

Tile design/pattern must flow from one wall to the next at corners under cabinets.Tile design/pattern must flow from one wall to the next at corners.


 There are also small areas where I like to go the extra mile and install tile up in that open corner for a better look than if I were to cut all tile in a straight line under the cabinet. 

Wall mounted range hood was temporarily removed to tile all the way up to the ceiling behind the hood. If range hood was not removed, the tile cuts around the hood would've looked unprofessional.Wall mounted range hood was temporarily removed to tile behind it and all the way up to the ceiling.

Space between cabinet side and wall gets tile higher on the wall for a better view. This area is mostly seen when sitting down or bending over the counter. Better to have tile up there.Space between cabinet side and wall gets tile higher on the wall for a better view.


Here's an even better example of going the extra mile installing tile up there. These void spaces are the result of standard cabinets getting close to the wall but not all the way.


A filler piece of wood covers the front of the cabinet so you don't see a gap there but this view under the cabinets is mostly seen when you're sitting down so it's much better to have tile run up the wall there than to cut the tile straight and see the wall/paint above tile line.


On the left side of the picture you can also see a matching white profile trim piece that covers the ends of the tile which were cut in a straight vertical line where the cabinet ends.


The stove is pulled out a few inches so tile can be installed lower behind the stove to avoid seeing un-tiled wall. Plastic sheets and tape prevent anything from falling behind the stove, including grout.


After all tile installation is complete and the last tile installed had time to dry overnight, it's grouting time! All outlets and switches get protected with (blue) tape so no grout can get in and around them. 

The stove is pulled out a few inches so tile can be installed lower behind the stove to avoid seeing un-tiled wall. Plastic sheets are taped so nothing falls behind stove, including grout.Tile is installed lower behind stove. Plastic sheets taped behind stove.

plastic sheet by fridgeTaped plastic sheet prevent grout from falling behind fridge.



Grout time! Grouting is a messy, muddy work which is the main reason to have the plastic sheets taped over your countertops in the first place. The orange thing is a grout float used to spread the grout and push it down in the spaces between tiles.

Grout time! Grouting is a messy, muddy work which is the main reason to have the plastic sheets taped over your countertops in the first place. Best Scottsdale Backsplash Tile InstallationSpreading grout is a messy work - plastic sheets protect counters.



The faucet is completely taped away in plastic sheets during grouting. A bucket and sponges are needed during grout clean-up and these are placed on a drop cloth on the kitchen floor.

Faucet and countertops protected by plastic sheets during grouting backsplash.Faucet and countertops protected by plastic sheets during grouting.



When grouting is done and also cleaned up, the tape is removed from outlets and switches and the covers can be installed back in place. See the 2 bolts on the cover? Those need room to get in their place so if the tile was not cut properly at the right time, one could run into problems at this stage. 

After grouting is done, tape is removed to install covers for outlets and switches within the backsplash area.Grouting is done and tape is removed from outlets/switches to install the covers.



When grouting is done, the plastic sheets are carefully rolled away from countertops. Your counters are 'given back' to you exactly as they were before the plastic sheets were applied.

When grouting is done, the plastic sheets are carefully rolled away from countertops. Clean counters! Your counters are 'given back' to you exactly as they were before the plastic sheets were applied.Plastic sheets are carefully removed to keep debris inside.


And here's the backsplash tile project, all done.

Kitchen renovation Scottsdale, AZ. White kitchen cabinets & countertop with gray decorative veins. Diamond shape backsplash tile, curved edges. Kitchen remodeling in Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix..AFTER BACKSPLASH WAS DONE - 1st HALF



Range hood was installed back in its place and the tile runs everywhere behind it for the best look. 

Wall mounted range hood was installed back in its place and the tile runs everywhere behind it for the best look. Gorgeous new kitchen backsplash!Wall mounted range hood installed back in place with the lights on.



And here's the last picture of backsplash. Hope you enjoyed the walkthrough and now you have a better idea of what your kitchen will go through and how much work there is to do.

Scottsdale backsplash tile installation is complete. The stove is pushed back in place and the covers are installed on all outlets and switches within the kitchen backsplash area.AFTER BACKSPLASH WAS DONE - 2nd HALF


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