I apologize some of the photos in this post are dark. My flash died (the speedlite I rave about) and I need to get some new batteries!
A little while ago, when we replaced the countertop and faucet in the powder room, which I talked about in this post, I decided a subway tile backsplash would be great in here. We ended up finding subway tiles on the shelf in Home Hardware (unheard of!) and then we just had to borrow a tile saw. Which turned out to take much longer than anticipated.
But we did it.
I started by papering off the vanity so that I didn’t get mortar all over it.
The only other things I really needed for this job were tile spaces (I used 1/8) and mortar.
I already had grout, a grout float, grout sponge, and tiling trowel from a previous floor job.
So, not knowing what we were really doing, we checked to make sure the vanity top was level and used that as a guide to start placing tiles. I would mortar the wall and Max would back-butter the tiles.
We would just stick the tile on and put a spacer between each one. As I went I peeled back the paper where I has finished and there was no more mess so that it didn’t get stuck under the tiles.
We only had to cut a few tiles, and Max would just measure and then bring it to the tile saw.
Most of our cuts were for the corner and were relatively easy.
I decided to do a brick pattern and therefore did the top row staggered by 1/2 a tile. I also decided two rows was my maximum height given the space the mirror takes up.
Above is the finished tile job before grouting.
I put down painters tape to avoid making a mess and then did some grouting! I love grout because it makes everything look so clean and finished. I think it is the difference maker in a tile project.
I just smush the grout in with my grout float and wipe it with a sponge.
And that is where I left off! I still have to caulk it (I bought caulking that matches the grout colour) and reinstall trim but that will have to wait until we do a couple other tiling jobs because I only have one tube of the caulk for three different areas!
Let me know if you have any questions.