When you’re remodeling your kitchen, sometimes it’s the small details that can make all the difference. Adding a brick backsplash to your kitchen will not only enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen, but it will also help you achieve that old-world charm that many homeowners strive for when they’re redesigning their kitchens. We’ll take you through everything from selecting the right bricks to installing them and making sure they last a lifetime!
Before you get started
Brick is one of the most popular materials on the market. It’s versatile, durable, and can be installed in just about any kitchen. But before you start cutting into your walls, there are a few things you need to know.
First, pick out some quality brick from your local hardware store or home improvement center. You’ll want at least two rows of brick with an equal amount of space between them.
Doing the prep work
Prep work is the foundation of any home improvement project. Before you can install your new backsplash, you’ll need to prep the surface by sanding it smooth, removing any old caulk or adhesive residue, and cleaning it with soap and water. This will help ensure that your new backsplash will stick properly and last long-term.
1. Begin by cleaning the surface of your kitchen wall with an appropriate cleaner. Make sure you are wearing gloves and safety glasses at all times when applying mortar.
2. Apply mortar onto the wall with the trowel, making sure it is spread evenly across the surface in a thin layer–about 1/4 inch thick is best.
Installing the brick
-If the wall is not already tiled, you will need to remove the tile first. You can use a hammer and chisel or sawzall depending on what type of tile was used. If the tiles are adhered with mortar, you may need to use an adhesive remover before you start your removal process. Make sure that you dispose of all of your broken tiles in such a way that they are not left lying around as someone could easily trip over them.
Cleaning up your mess
One of the most important things you’ll need before starting any project is some form of protection. Start by taping off the area you want to protect with blue painter’s tape. You can also use masking tape if that’s all you have on hand, but it won’t be as durable.
Next, mix up some joint compound in the color you want your backsplash to be, following the instructions on the bag or box.