6 Things we learned from the Backsplash

  1. Tiling around light switches. We thought we did a great job of making sure we left enough room for the light switches to be screwed back in — we have some room for improvement. Not a huge deal, will take a little bit of extra time to drill holes into the tile.

    Use Bosch 1/8″ Carbide Tipped Drill Bit to slowly drill into the tile.
  2. Patience. It is going to take you 3x longer than you think it will take to to make the exact cut you need.
  3. Pre-Mixed Materials. We used pre-mixed thinset and grout. Saved a ton of time and you knew you had the right level of consistency.
  4. Presealed Grout. The grout we used is already sealed, which saved us a ton of time at the end of the project.
  5. Patterned tiles aren’t easy. We laid 1/3 of the backsplash in the time it took my dad to make the cuts for the design over the range.
  6. Planning. Spend the time up front to lay everything out and make sure you like the flow before laying tile.

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