For our kitchen renovation, we chose a matte finish white faux brick tile backsplash in white and I am in love!!! It just has the right amount look of new and old. My very favorite.
Picking the faux brick tile backsplash
There are SO many faux brick tile options out there!! I definitely could have found myself overwhelmed had I taken the time to do so. Luckily, I knew I wanted a white faux brick tile backsplash AND I wanted it to look old. That narrowed my options down quite a bit. I stumbled across the tile I chose when browsing the Jeffery Court Home Depot collection. Why Jefferey Court? Because I knew I wanted nice tile with a nice price tag.
How much faux brick tile to order
Finding out how much tile you need isn't hard. Simply figure out the square footage of the area being covered. My particular box of tile covers 8.8 sq. ft. per case.
What supplies are needed
This was my first tile job ever. I was nervous but knew I needed to figure out how to do it since David's schedule is so hectic. Luckily, Cassie has done a few tile projects and was able to walk me through it. All of my tile was delivered right to my door so I was able to cross that off my supply list. The rest of the items were picked up at my local Home Depot.
Here was my very first 5 rows and boy was I proud! I was using a tile cutter and not a wet saw and it took me 3 hours to get the hang out of it LOL!
Here's the first wall almost done!
1 1/2 walls done at this point!
We went with Bright White grout. As much as I love and want black grout, I don't think it matches the look I am going for in my kitchen. Yes, we are making everything more "modern", but the ultimate look I am going for in this room has an old-world feel to compliment the 140-year-old bones of this house.
As you can see, grouting is pretty messy.
Transparency is the best option here. DIY can be really ugly. I consulted my brother who is a contractor prior to starting this project. My concern was that two of my walls were very uneven. The sheetrock had a wavy appearance instead of being perfectly level. There was absolutely no water damage. There was a good amount of adhesive left over from the wall treatment we removed. I considered putting up fresh new drywall or backer board, but he suggested evening out the areas that weren't as prominent with mastic. This absolutely did work and it saved me a great deal of time. Simply put more or less mastic on each tile so the wall is level and smooth. I didn't trust my own judgment so I used a level to double-check each tile.
All in all, I would say that this tile was VERY easy to install. It is thick, durable tile and I would pick it again and again! You can find more details on my tile here.
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