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How to Tile a Backsplash

Add a decorative insert in a limestone backsplash.

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decorative tiled insert in limestone backsplash
  • Time

    Day

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Begin Setting the Tiles

Attach a backer board to support the tiles behind the range opening. Spread ceramic-tile adhesive on the wall with a notched trowel. Begin to set the tile on top of a row of spacers laid flat.

Be sure to wipe off any adhesive with a damp sponge before it dries on the tile. Use spacers in between for even grout lines.

Step 2: Create the Center Piece

For the decorative inset, find the center and draw a plumb line. Back butter the center tile of the bottom row, and set it in place.

Set the rest of the bottom row and the center tile. Adjust the small tiles if necessary so they line up with the center piece.

Add the rest of the small border tiles, then continue with the rest of the field tile.

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