DIY Subway Tile Backsplash Backdrop
Today’s post is for you people out there with non-photo friendly kitchens (my hand raises), but who still want to take pretty pictures.
I’m going to walk you through the steps to make the subway tile backsplash backdrop pictured below.
2. utility knife/box cutter
4. putty knife
5. tile cutter
6. tiling trowel
7. white subway tiles
8. piece of plywood
Choose the size of your plywood and number of subway tiles based on the size you want your backdrop to be.
First, layout your tiles so you know how they’ll fit on your plywood. You may need to use your utility knife here if your subway tiles are sold in sheets and you need to separate tiles from one another.
Then use your tile cutter to cut your subway tiles in half along one side of your board to make all the tiles on that end of the board line up evenly.
Then place the half tiles, that you just cut, on the other side of the plywood to make those subway tiles line up in an even line.
Remove your tiles from the board without messing up their order. Then use your tiling trowel and putty knife to add tile adhesive to the plywood.
Press on your subway tiles.
Allow tile to set for a couple hours or just go right into grouting, but be careful not to press too hard on the tiles and move them.
Use your finger (you could wear gloves) to grout between the tiles using the tile adhesive (our tile adhesive was also advertised as a grout).
Then use the putty knife/damp sponge/fingers to remove excess grout from the top of the tiles. Work quickly because you don’t want to give the grout enough time to harden on top of your tile.
Allow to dry for 24 hours. Then DONE! Go take some food pictures.