How To Tile a Backsplash: A Comprehensive DIY Guide


Updating your kitchen backsplash is a fantastic way to rejuvenate your kitchen without undertaking a full renovation. The process can be straightforward and enjoyable, especially with a bit of preparation and the correct information.

Step 1: Planning Your Design

Choose Your Tile

Your first step is to select the tile that suits your kitchen’s aesthetic. Consider the color, shape, and size that will best fit your space. It’s crucial to measure your backsplash area to know how many tiles you’ll need. Remember to order about 10% extra to account for any mistakes or breakages.

Step 2: Preparing the Workspace

Tools and Materials

Gather all the necessary tools and materials before you begin. You’ll need items such as a pry bar, hammer, tile spacers, and mortar, among others.

Protect Your Kitchen

Use painters tape and craft paper to protect countertops and cabinetry. Turn off power to the area to safely remove any electrical covers.

Step 3: Removing the Old Backsplash

Start by using a pry bar and hammer to remove the old tiles. Be prepared for some drywall damage, which can be fixed with joint compound or replaced if necessary.

Step 4: Installing New Drywall (If Needed)

If significant damage is made to the drywall, replacing it might be your best option. Lowe’s recommends using a lightweight and easy-to-install product like go board.

Step 5: Applying the Tile

Mixing Mortar

Mix your thin-set mortar to a peanut butter-like consistency, then apply a thin layer to the wall. It’s also a good idea to “back butter” the tiles before setting them.

Setting Tiles

Press the tiles firmly onto the wall, using spacers to ensure even lines. Cut any tiles as necessary to fit your space.

Step 6: Grouting

Once the mortar is dry, apply grout between the tiles using a rubber float. After about 10 minutes, wipe off the excess with a damp sponge.

Step 7: Sealing and Cleaning

After the grout dries, apply sealant around the edges of the tile. Finally, clean up any remaining haze or excess with a suitable cleaner.


Tiling your backsplash is a rewarding DIY project that can significantly impact your kitchen’s look and feel. With patience and attention to detail, you can achieve a professional-looking finish that will last for years to come.

Transform your kitchen with a DIY tile backsplash! Dive into this comprehensive step-by-step tutorial that guides you through the entire process of tiling a backsplash. From determining a tile pattern to mastering tile placement, gaining confidence in cutting techniques, ensuring clean and even grout lines, to achieving a professional finish—this guide has got it all. Join homeowners, Chey & Ty, as they tackle their kitchen remodel with expert advice from our knowledgeable Lowe’s Red Vest Associate, Andrew! Turn your home improvement aspirations into reality and acquire the skills you need to create a stunning tile backsplash with ease.

Check out our videos in this kitchen remodel series:
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Shop the tools and materials needed for this project on
– Bedrosians Cloe Glossy Ceramic Subway Tile:
– Hammer: – Prybar:
– Thinset Mortar:
– 5 Gallon Bucket:
– Ribbon Mixer:
– Drill:
– Notch Ceramic Floor Trowel:
– Flooring Float:
– Putty Knife:
– Tile Spacers:
– Level:
– Wet Tile Saw:
– Grout:
– Grout Saw:

00:00 – Intro
00:41 – How To Choose Tile
– How To Remove The Old Backsplash
03:34 – How To Add a Ledger Board
03:54 – How To Determine a Tile Pattern
04:19 – How To Mix Mortar
04:36 – How To Place Tile on The Wall
05:03 – How To Cut Tile with a Wet Saw
06:02 – How To Grout a Backsplash
07:00 – How To Caulk
07:26 – Final Thoughts

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