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How to Install a Backsplash in a Box (page 1 of 2)

Easy DIY steps with pro results — all from a ready-to-use kit. See how to transform your kitchen in about two hours with chic, glass peel-and-stick tiles.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Prepare for the Installation

Watch an overview video below of how to install a DIY Network Mosaic Tile Backsplash Kit.

Measure and Plan the Installation

Measure the distance between the countertop and the bottom of the cabinet to figure out the size needed to fill that space (Image 1).

Next, lay two sheets of glass mosaic tile on the counter. Measure to figure out the proper size to cut the mosaic in order to fit between the counter and the cabinet. Cut the tile (Image 2) and test the fit without peeling the backing off.

Always dry-fit the final tile placement from top and bottom plus side to side so the mosaic lines up properly (Image 3). You don't want the completed backsplash to be too short or too long. Remember, you will start from left to right the majority of the time.

Remove the Outlet Covers

Use a screwdriver to remove the outlet covers. Note: When replacing the covers, longer screws might be required to accommodate the thickness of the tile.

Clean the Walls and Surrounding Area

Clear the countertops to ensure there's enough space to move around during installation. You may even need to move the stove, microwave and/or refrigerator. Use a towel, rag or scrub brush with a chemical cleaning solution like a glass cleaner or multipurpose cleaner to remove oils, grease and any type of marks that will keep the back of the mosaic from sticking to the surface. Make sure the wall surface is completely clean and dry.

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