Now that the hard part is done; laying out the lines, choosing the tiles, creating the patterns and making the tool now it is time to roll up your sleeves and have some fun! Time to install all that beautiful tile and make your kitchen a show place everyone will want to be in.
- While waiting for your adhesive to set you will need to attach a strip board to use as a guide and support for the tiles to the bottom of your base horizontal reference line
- Use your trowel’s notched edge to spread the adhesive and comb it out in beaded ridges. Making the spaces between ridges almost bare. Until you are more comfortable with the process only use a 2-3 inch square you can increase the size later. As you spread the adhesive do not cover any reference lines or marks on the wall.
- Put the first full tiles in place, pushing firmly, placed above the support strip with a slight twisting motion. Place the plastic spacers between the tiles to help maintain the grout lines are straight. You will remove the spacers before you grout. (Spacers are only needed if the tile doesn’t already have fixed spacers}
- Working in a pyramid shape from your crossed reference lines outward and upward continue to add, align and adhere your tiles. You may find the adhesive ooze between the tiles; you will need to clean out the excess before it dries. Use a rag or sponge soaked with solvent to remove any adhesive on the face of the tiles immediately it will start to set in 20-30 minutes. (Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct solvent).
- You will need good ventilation, since the adhesive and solvent can emit toxic fumes. Use a tile leveler and rubber mallet to set the tile, do this after you have placed a few rows.
- Continue tiling up and across the wall to the edges where you will finish with trim, you can now remove the support strip and install the tiles beneath it. Repeat those steps to finish pout the rest of the wall/walls.
- When you get to the edges measure and carefully cut the tiles to fit. Measure the area along the edges and carefully cut tiles to fit. Once the tiles are in place you can finish up with the edges and trim. Once you have the trim in place and the job is complete seal the joints and tile with silicone caulk.
You have the basics to start that project! Show your artistic side and create that dream kitchen!