It's time for another basement makeover update! In case you missed it, the floor has been ordered, the plank wall is complete and now the mosaic subway tile backsplash is finished.
The bar area was built using inexpensive, unfinished wood cabinets that I stained with Minwax Ebony stain. The space was left incomplete for quite awhile until we saved up enough money for granite countertops.
- Tile (I used these)
- Wet tile saw (we borrowed this one)
- Laser level (this will be your best friend!)
- Square notch trowel
- Rubber grout float
- SimpleSet Thin-Set
- Tile spacers
- Grout (I used Bright Snow White sanded grout)
- Tape measure
We were lucky enough to be able to borrow a wet saw from a friend, which cut down our costs of having to rent one. Trust me when I say, you don't have to spend a lot of money on an expensive wet saw. A smaller, less expensive version will do just fine.
Before I started adding tiles to the wall I measured my tile placement then laid everything out on the floor.
***TIP*** Don't forget to take into account grout lines when measuring. I made the mistake of measuring wrong and didn't realize it until I had already installed quite a bit of tile. I ended up ripping everything off the wall and starting over. Measure, measure, measure.
I found it easier to apply thin-set to the wall first then add my tile. You'll want to make sure you apply a generous amount of thin-set while holding your trowel at a 45 degree angle.
***TIP*** Press hard when applying your thin-set. The trowel's notch should be about equal to the thickness of your tile.
Cutting the tile was definitely a trial and error process for me. I must have ruined at least 4-5 tiles before figuring out how to make cuts without my tiles chipping. I found that moving the tile VERY slow at the end of the cut seemed to work as well as flipping the tile over and pushing it through from the other side.
I had a really hard time deciding what color grout to use. I love the look of white tiles and dark grout, but I had a feeling it would look too busy with the countertops. Ultimately, I went with sanded grout (used for joints over 1/8 inch) in snow white.