Supplies

  • Tiles
  • Grout
  • Mastic
  • Spacers
  • Level
  • Tile/Wet Saw
  • Grout Float
  • Trowel
  • Pencil
  • Big sponge
  • Bucket of water
  • Grout sealer

Think about getting longer screw for the outlets (you may not need this but we did)

Tiling Instructions:

  • Remove outlet covers
  • Find the center of the room’s focal point. (For us this was behind the stove, so we measured the middle point of that with a level or ruler and marked it with a pencil)

  • To get it started put the mastic on the back of the tiles and follow your center line.
  • Once you finish laying your first row of tiles mark the center of a single tile to use as a reference for the next row. Subway tiles are laid with a brickwork pattern so they are staggered. So the mark you have drawn on this tile will line up with space between two tiles below it. Continue the second line. Repeat all the way up.

  • Chances are once you get to the top your space will not allow for one more tile perfectly so you’ll have to start cutting.
  • Measure out all the pieces that you will need to cut and go cut away.

  • Insert all your oddly cut tiles.
  • Mix your grout. We got a 10 lb bag and this was just enough for our kitchen. We mixed the 10 lb bag with about 3 1/3 cup of water and continued to add water while grouting because it began to harden (your bag o grout will have directions on the back). One handy tip- In some of the harder to reach corners we used some stiffer grout to stick up in those corners with our fingers.
  • Once your tiles have dried and cannot be moved, put grout on the grout float and push the grout into the creases working at a 45 degree angle. This is not easy. It takes time. Be patient! It is well worth the work! Make sure all your cracks are filled in with the grout!
  • According to the directions from the grout I waited about 30 minutes for the grout to dry and got a bucket of water and my big sponge and dampened the sponge to wipe off the excess grout. I was extremely liberal with the grout so I had a lot to wipe away.
  • Wipe again.
  • Wipe again.
  • Wipe tiles until you run your fingers along and no longer pick up dust.
  • Use a grout sealer. I used a spray grout sealer. Give the sealer a 24 hour drying time. With a spray grout sealer make sure to buff off the sealer from the actual tiles. Always follow the directions of your grout sealer. Grout is porous so will absorb anything and a sealer will prevent that from happening.

And Taaa daaa you have a tiled kitchen.

Comment with any questions!

Always follow manufacturers directions.

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