Step 1

Backsplash makeover 01:02

Here are the DIY Basics for Backsplash makeovers.

Watch an Overview Video

Step 2

Tools & Materials

Wire nuts
Electrical box cover plates
Glass tiles
White thin set
Grout and grout color
Power drill
Wood screws
Under-cabinet electrical raceway system
Cradle for cell phone and tablet

Step 3

Getting Started

Get ride of clutter on countertop and wall: all appliances, all switch plates, all electrical outlets.

Have an electrician remove all wires.

Drywall patch over empty electrical boxes.

Pro Tip

Here’s an easy way to change the look of your kitchen: install a glass tile backsplash.

Step 4


Install glass tile on backsplash.

Apply thin set and press tile onto wall.

Let dry and apply grout.

Pro Tip

TIP: Make a template of the wall so you can dry fit the tiles with a minimum of cuts.

TIP: Adhesive will show through glass tiles so use only white mastic.

Step 5

Wrapping Up

Mount an electrical track system under upper cabinets.

Hang LED lights, USB charging ports, appliances, and/or a music system anywhere along raceway.

Attach cradles for cells and tablets.

Pro Tip

TIP: Countersink screws inside cabinets for smooth surface.TIP: Have an electrician hardwire the system.

TIP: Move raceway outlets to wherever you need them.