Installing wall tile in the kitchen
between the backsplash and the wall cabinets is an easy task to accomplish.
Tile stands up to the necessary cleaning behind a range or cutting board better
than paint and is very economical.
To start with, we have to make a few design
decisions. The first one is to select the tile that appeals to you. This is
the part of the project that I can't help you with. Unless I receive orders to
the contrary, I normally stick with white or off-white. The color you choose
for the grout should complement the tile color. I normally go with (big
surprise) off-white. Others like a dark grout to make the grout lines stand
The third design decision is the space that you will
allow between the tile. I prefer tight grout lines in the kitchen (1/16") but
wider lines (1/8" - 3/16") in the bath. The width of the grout line will
determine whether you need sanded or non-sanded grout. Non-sanded grout should
only be used when the grout will fill a gap 3/16" or smaller. Sanded grout may
also be used on 3/16" grout lines but nothing smaller.
Mixing grout with a helper