How to Install Kitchen Wall Splashback Metro Tiles – Tile Mountain

How to Install Kitchen Wall Splashback Metro Tiles – Tile Mountain

Hi I’m Craig Philips and welcome to Tiling
Trade Tips Where I’m going to be revealing my top DIY
secrets to help you save money and time. On this episode I’m going to be showing you how to lay wall tiles onto a kitchen splashback with a brickwork effect. Now there’s a variety of different size, style
and shape tiles you can use to do your splashback. This particularly one is a rectangular shape,
it’s one of my favourites 300mm in length by a 100mm deep. Now it’s very important where you place this
first tile because that dictates where the rest of them are going to go on the area. So what I do is start off by measuring the
full length of the area that you want to tile and find the centre point of that. That’s 3m, so I’m going to put a mark on the
wall at 1.5. Then I’m just going to place these tiles,
starting from that centre point working their way out from left to right. This is so we can see what size cut we’re
going to have each end. Now as you can see from there, starting from
the centre working my way out I’ve already got a little small cut across there so I’m going to move one tile across so it’s
half way in the centre of the mark and then slide all them across to the tile. You can already see now, we’re going to end
up with a good size cut now that’s going to be mirrored on the opposite
side of-course but with us fixing these on a kind of a brickwork
effect, what we need to do is also place this second course staggering the joint about
50%. Just laying onto the work surface at first that’s going to mirror what you’re going to see on the back wall. Now if we stagger these joints to create that
brickwork effect again working your way down to the one side it’s going to give you the indication of what
size cut your going to have along here. Now this is what can happen, we can also have
a small slither cut there which is what we don’t want. So now we have to move the tile again. We started off by having the end of the tile
in the centre of the wall, that didn’t work then we moved it and straddled it 50 50, that
still didn’t work when we put the second course on so what we have to do now is move it along again so just 25% of the tile is over the half way point and the other 75% of the tile is going the other way. So now you’re happy with the position of the
tiles and you’ve got equal cuts on both ends on both courses. You just need to get your marker and put a
little mark on the work surface itself. Now you can start spreading your adhesive
and fix the tiles. Now once we’ve paste out the tiles and marked
up the wall we’re ready to start applying the adhesive. This is pre-mixed wall tile adhesive, using
the straight edge of the trowel we started to spread this on nice and even. Then we turn the trowel around using the notched
edge and combed it through. This creates a nice even layer of adhesive. Now apply the first tile onto the adhesive,
making sure it’s in line with the mark you made earlier. Applying an equal amount of pressure on all
4 corners. Once you’re happy that it set into position,
get two tile spacers slide them underneath to create the gap. Now on your second course, you’re going to
need to line up the centre of the tile over the joint below. Now when you’re creating a brick effect with your tiles, whether it’s a rectangle or a square tile you’re going to have to use a T-tile spacer. Now once you’ve completed one section of your
splashback you may find you want to continue it around
the corner. There’s two ways of doing this, you can measure
up and mark out like you did with the first wall or you can use the off cuts of all your corner
cuts and continue them around the corner which I think looks a lot better. Now you’ve set all your wall tiles into position. Get yourself a damp sponge and wipe any excess
adhesive before it dries. Now by following a few basic tiling tips, it really is simple to achieve a great splashback like this one. I hope you’ve enjoyed watching my Tiling Trade
tips. If you want to watch any further tiling tips maybe order some free tile samples or just enquire about the vast range of products
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22 thoughts on “How to Install Kitchen Wall Splashback Metro Tiles – Tile Mountain

  1. Thank you for this video. It is very helpful. With my own, the ends of the tiles will be visible at the end of the splashback. I am wondering about how to best finish the end of the splashback. This is not visible on your video. Thank you again.

  2. What's the best way of grouting bevel edge tiles? Rubber squeegee, foam pad or something else? Normal tiles I'm ok with but bevel edges are a new one on me!

  3. Cheers Craig. Although watching this has sent us down a Big Brother 1st series rabbit hole. Can't believe it's been 18 years since you won it!

  4. Great video would you use the same type of set up if you was tiling in a non brick bond style fashion in terms of laying out where the tiles should go etc and what the cuts would be at the ends

  5. Great video. What are your views on tiling an uneven work surface? Some recommend to fix a temporary batten to the wall in place of the first row of tiles, to ensure the level is 100% level all the way round, then come back and do the first row, trimming off the top if required.
    Others however just say to start from the bottom row as the human eye won’t work out if it’s slightly wonky once done. Thanks

  6. Hello Craig just a quick question. We are having our shower puting in and the tiles I want are small mosaic ones. About 3 X 2. But the tiler seems unsure how to tile them.
    I've heard that they are not suitable about this. Would appreciate your answer..
    Thanking you.

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