Installing a tin tile backsplash is a great way to create a unique and classic look in the kitchen. Not just for ceiling tiles, tin tiles can be set on nearly any wall. They are perfect for a backsplash because they are easy to clean and can withstand higher temperatures than many conventional backsplash materials. So get out the old tin snips and a pair of gloves and get ready to install a tin tile backsplash.
Tin tiles come in a wide variety of colors and styles but many conform to a standard size of 2×2′. This measurement is critical to achieving the standard height of an 18″ backsplash. Keeping that in mind when you place your order, you will need to keep your patterns at 6″ to achieve a uniform set of tin tiles. The tin tiles you purchase should be of the nail up panel type. A wooden backer should be attached to the backsplash prior to installation.
Once you’ve got your tiles, a grid should be set up on the wooden backer using a chalk line and tape measure. Find the horizontal center of your backsplash and work your way out from that start for a true layout.
It’s a good idea to set up the tiles onto the countertop in front of the backsplash to keep from jumbling up tiles when you have a pattern. But don’t make any cuts just yet.
Attach the bottom row of tiles first. As always, use manufacturer’s specifications to prevent any void in the warranty. As you attach each tile, back butter each tile with a construction grade adhesive like Liquid Nails or Acrylpro. Wipe away any excess adhesive with a wet sponge.
Once the first row is set, begin working your way up the backsplash. Using tin snips, cut any pieces as needed. Around electrical outlets, you’ll first need to shut off the power, remove the covers and cut around the outlets. Make sure no tin tile is touching any of the electrical work.
Where seams come together at adjoining walls, caulk should be added to prevent water from entering this space. A matching colored caulk works nice but don’t rule out clear acrylic when colors don’t match. Use a damp sponge to wipe away any excess for a smooth bead.
Reinstall the outlet covers and allow the caulk to dry at least four hours before turning on any appliances.