Tools and Materials: Tape Measure, Level, Tile Cutter, Tile Nippers/Tile Saw, Notched Trowel, Rubber Grout Float, Goggles, Latex Gloves, Sponge, Tile Spacers, Tiles (get them here), Grout, Flexible Caulk, Tile Adhesive
Begin by preparing the wall for tile. See this guide based on your wall’s surface type.
Mix your tile adhesive and spread it on a small section of the wall with a trowel. It’s important to work in small sections because thinset and other adhesives dry quickly. Next, comb over it with a notched trowel.
Press the first piece of tile onto the wall with a little twist. Push against it with a rubber float to set it in the adhesive. Working in small sections, repeat step 2 with additional tiles, using spacers to ensure even spacing.
If you need to make a cut, mark the tile. For larger tile cuts, use a tile cutter. For smaller tile cuts, use nippers.
Let the adhesive dry for 24 hours then mix the grout. Use un-sanded grout for gaps measuring less than 1/8 inch and sanded grout for gaps measuring more than 1/8 inch.
Apply grout diagonally across tiles using a rubber float to press it into the joints. Wait 10 minutes, then wipe away excess grout with a sponge using a diagonal motion. Remember to rinse your sponge often. A slight haze may form but will clean away by applying haze remover.
Allow grout to dry then apply grout sealer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Fill the expansion gaps with caulk or silicone sealant.
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