<h2 style="margin: 10pt 0in 0pt"><font size="3"><font color="#990000">Installing a Kitchen Backsplash</font></font></h2><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">We have seen a wealth of information that relates to how to make a backsplash look unique, such as by choosing a mix of plain and decorative tiles, and how the backsplash can improve your kitchen to make it look modern or more stylish. However, few offer practical tips on installing a kitchen backsplash without hiring a contractor to do the work, and that is the focus of this article. After all, it does not take a professional to install the backsplash in the kitchen; it just takes some dedication and attention to detail.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"></span></p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Start by measuring the entire area where you want to install a backsplash, including corners and edges that need to be covered.</strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class=&quot;MsoNormal">Write down the measurements and take them with you when you go to purchase your tiles so that you can be sure to get enough tiles to cover the entire space with a few extras in case of mistakes. A sketch of the space with the measurements written into the appropriate margins can be really helpful, especially if you need to ask someone how many tiles would be suitable. It is always better to have some extra than not enough for the space, and if you have limited experience measuring and designing tiled spaces you may need some help with the purchase order.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p>  <div style="text-align: center"><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="425" height="282"><param name="movie" value="../images/banners/2a.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="menu" value="false" /><param name="wmode" value="" /><embed src="../images/banners/2a.swf" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="282"></embed></object></div>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Choose the tiles that coordinate with your kitchen’s existing or intended décor style, based on color, shape, texture, or pattern. </strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">There is plenty of room for creativity when you install a backsplash, and no rules about what is perfect for the space. Pre-spaced tiles are perfect if you do not want to have to measure with spacers. Just be sure that the tiles can handle the heat of a kitchen, and pay attention to those that are easiest to clean if you do a lot of cooking. It can be difficult to mix and match tile types, but if you have enough experience to gauge space, depth, and height you can create a unique look with tiles that are not identical.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p>   <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Cut tiles wherever necessary. </strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Most backsplash installations require some cutting, since the kitchen area has spaces that are cut to fit a stove, range hood, sink, cabinet, and so on. It makes sense that some of the tiles will need to be cut to size in order to fit seamlessly, and you can do this with a wet tile saw. If you do not own one, consider renting one from a major home improvement store to get the job done right.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p>   <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Start the project.</strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Once you have measured, purchased, and cut, you can begin laying the tile for the backsplash. There are several methods of adhering the tiles, but mortar is the most acceptable, affordable, and efficient method, so that is the method we recommend using. It depends on the type of tile, and there will be instructions for mortaring on the box in most cases. When in doubt, you can ask an employee where you bought the tiles or call the manufacturer for more details. 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