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How to Begin a Custom Tile Headboard Installation

Host Fuad Reveiz shows how to get started on installing a custom tile headboard.

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create headboard made of stone and metal tile
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Sketch a Layout

Sketch a layout onto the wall using the level and pencil.

Step 2: Attach the Drywall

Cut away the baseboard as needed for the columns, and install the 2 x 4 bracing. Cut drywall strips and attach them to cover the 2 x 4 bracing.

attach the drywall to bracing

Step 3: Attach the Scrap Drywall

Attach the scrap drywall pieces horizontally on the vertical drywall to delineate the column from the base and to support the tiles.

attach scrap drywall pieces horizontally

Step 4: Place the Tile

Use a notched trowel to apply mastic to the drywall. Cut the tile to fit and apply it from the bottom up.

Step 5: Notch the Tile

Use a wet saw to notch the tile at areas where metal inserts will be added.

use wet saw to notch tile

Step 6: Install the Tiles

Apply mastic and arrange the tiles. Install metal decorative tiles by adding mastic to the back and pressing them in place.

apply mastic and arrange tiles

Step 7: Measure the Sides

Measure the sides so only the full pieces of tile are visible. Use the smaller pieces at the bottom.

Step 8: Add the Bullnose Pieces

Work up from the bottom, adding bullnose pieces on the side. Make the smaller pieces on the side align with the front edges.