Before you stick anything anywhere, it’s best to figure out if your benchtop is level- we don’t want our tiles to look a little off.
Before we put our adhesive on, scrape the wall to remove the flaky chips in the paint or any bumps.
Mark where you need to cut on each tile and then use a tile cutter to cut at the nominated point.
Put on your safety equipment – gloves and mask. Start to add the adhesive to the bottom of your splashback area. You don’t want the adhesive to dry before you get your tiles on, so start small, applying small area of adhesive and making sure it’s even as you go. Using a notched plasterers trowel that’s right for the size of your tile will make it easier to apply the right amount of adhesive, with the right notch size.
Once you’ve applied the glue, push the tiles onto the glued part of the wall. Push hard enough so that the back of the tile is secured but not so hard that the glue pushes out the edges. Make sure that you space your tiles so that there are no difficult gaps either end.
Tip: Add your cut tiles to the end of your first line to complete it, with the cut end closest to the outside edge and the manufactured end sitting next to the next tile.
Once you’ve done your first line, press the spacer into each joint to evenly space the tile pattern as you work up the wall. Continue to apply glue, push the tile and apply the spacer, until you reach the top of your splashback area. Once you’ve finished tiling your splashback, leave to dry for 24 hours.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.