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Avoid These Mistakes When Installing Your Kitchen Backsplash

May 5, 2023 at 2:23 PM PST
DIY Kitchen Backsplash

Avoid These Mistakes When Installing Your Kitchen Backsplash

May 5, 2023 at 2:23 PM PST

If you want to keep your kitchen walls in optimum shape, installing a kitchen backsplash is necessary. Kitchen backsplashes provide a protective layer that keeps your walls clean from splashes and stains when you cook. Backsplashes maintain the aesthetic of your kitchen while preserving the walls. When installing your backsplash, ensure you or a professional do the job correctly to avoid mistakes that could lead to a costly redo.

family making food in kitchen
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Here are common kitchen backsplash mistakes you should avoid:

Not Choosing The Right Material

Choosing the wrong material for your kitchen backsplash is a common mistake many homeowners make. In addition to going with your design style, the material of your backsplash should be durable, easy to clean, and able to withstand heat and moisture. Materials, like marble and granite, look elevated; however, they can be easily stained and damaged. Some great materials for kitchen backsplashes are ceramic, porcelain, and glass tiles. These materials are overall easy to clean and maintain.

kitchen with backsplash
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Not Measuring Correctly

Measuring your backsplash is a crucial step. An incorrect measurement can result in a poorly fitted backsplash and unattractive look. Be sure to measure your space and buy extra tiles and materials in case anything breaks.

Not Hiring A Professional

Some things are great as DIY projects; others are not. If you are not skilled in installing backsplashes, hire a professional. This type of job requires expertise and precision. Hiring a professional to execute the job means the job will be done correctly, and you won’t have to worry about damage and mistakes.

Not Considering Your Kitchen’s Color Palette

Your backsplash should complement your kitchen’s overall design and color palette. If you don’t consider the color scheme in your kitchen, your backsplash can end up clashing with your countertops, cabinets, and floors. If you have bold colors in your kitchen, consider a muted color for your backsplash. On the other hand, if the rest of your kitchen is minimalist, you can add a pop of color with your kitchen backsplash.

colorful backsplash
Photo Credit: Erik Mclean

Not Preparing The Surface

Walls have to be prepped before installing a kitchen backsplash. Before installing, make sure that your wall is clean, smooth, and dry. You should remove debris and dirt and repair any cracks or holes before you begin. If you do not prepare your walls before installing, it can result in tiles falling off.

Not Using The Correct Adhesive

Using the correct adhesive is extremely important when installing a kitchen backsplash. The right adhesive ensures the backsplash’s durability and lifespan. It’s important to choose an adhesive that is designed for the type of tiles you’ll be using and your wall’s surface. If you use the wrong one, it can result in your tiles falling off.

Not Choosing High-Quality Grout

Grout fills the gaps between tiles and is important for preventing moisture from getting behind the tiles. If you skimp out on grout, it can lead to mold growth and water damage. You should invest in high-quality grout and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. In addition to choosing high-quality grout, you have to choose the right color. If you choose a color that doesn’t go with your tiles, it can end up looking unappealing.

closeup of tiles
Photo Credit: Tina Witherspoon

Not Sealing Your Tiles

In addition to grout, you have to seal your tiles. Sealing your tiles protects them from moisture and stains. If you neglect to seal your tiles, it can lead to damage over time. It’s important to choose a sealer that is high quality to prolong the life of your kitchen’s backsplash.

Not Cleaning Your Backsplash

Now, that you have your kitchen backsplash up, you should take care of it by cleaning and maintaining it. You will maintain the appearance and lifespan of it by regularly wiping it down with a mild cleaner and avoiding harsh chemicals. Clean up messes after cooking.

Installing a kitchen backsplash is a project that requires attention to detail, expertise, and precision. You may think it is better to hire a professional to ensure that the project has a nice finish. With proper preparation, installation, and maintenance, your kitchen backsplash will last and look great for years.



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