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How to Install a Glass Tile Backsplash

Look at the latest editions of home remodeling magazines or walk into any custom home decoration store and you'll see the latest kitchen backsplashes are all glass tiles. When you see the beauty and warmth that glass brings, you'll wonder why it took so long for home designers to think of the idea. Adding a glass tile backsplash is not as difficult as you may think. You'll notice a tremendous difference in the overall look of your kitchen after installing one of these backsplashes [source: Home Remodeling, HGTV].

Here's a list of materials you'll need

  • Glass tiles
  • Glass cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Adhesive
  • Grout
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Adhesive trowel
  • Grout trowel
  • Wax pencil
  • Ruler or tape measure

Ready to start?

  1. Prepare the wall by cleaning and smoothing it with the sandpaper. Wipe the wall clean with a damp cloth.
  2. Lay the tiles out on a flat surface exactly as they'll go on the wall.
  3. With the wax pencil and a ruler or tape measure, draw a straight centerline from the top to the bottom of the wall in the center of the area that the tiles will cover. This will help guide your tile placement.
  4. Start at the bottom of the wall, alongside the centerline and use the trowel to apply just enough adhesive for a few tiles.
  5. Place tiles over the adhesive, pressing down evenly. Keep on adding adhesive and tiles, one next to the other, until the entire area is covered. Make sure the tiles don't touch each other.
  6. Cut any tiles that don't fit exactly at the edge of the area with the glass cutter. Be sure to measure and mark the tiles carefully before cutting them.
  7. Wait 24 hours for the adhesive to dry before applying grout. Mix the grout according to its instructions and apply the grout in the tile seams with the grout trowel.
  8. Gently remove the excess grout from the tiles with a wet sponge.