DIY Backsplash: 6 Mistakes to Avoid

With an abundance of DIY tutorials and television shows online, homeowners are specifically inclined towards installing their own backsplash. Whether you have the knack to DIY or looking for budget-friendly options to renovate your home, installing backsplash mosaic tiles come with a baggage of challenges and repercussions.

Even though it may seem easier to DIY backsplash tiles - well, there are still a few mistakes that you must note to avoid the unnecessary hassles and nightmares in your kitchen. So, let’s have a look at how you can lead a stress-free journey to install a backsplash.

Mistake 1: Not Measuring Accurately

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It is crucial that you measure the length, width, and depth correctly so as to avoid any mishaps later. Generally, when measuring, ensure to offer special attention around the outlets, fixtures, water tap, the area above the stove, and also window ledge. Remember, even the slightest difference in inches can lead to a long-term problem! Check this quick and easy backsplash measurement guideline out!

Mistake 2: Choosing the Wrong Grout Color

DIY Backsplash: 6 Mistakes to Avoid

Backsplash tiles have the potential to make or break your space. Since they are placed vertically at eye-level, it is a must that you carefully pick the colors of your tiles as well as grout. Firstly, ensure that the tile color complements the color of your cabinets and countertop whereas the color of the grout is more subtle and matchy with that specific tile. 

Mistake 3: Not Paying Attention to Details

DIY Backsplash: 6 Mistakes to Avoid

Now, this is when you have to pay utmost attention to details. When installing the backsplash tiles, ensure to match up the edges of your tiles with those of the countertop and cabinets. Caulk lines and grout should be applied with a steady hand and the excess of it must be swiftly cleaned off. Remember to pay close attention to the details when playing with interesting shapes and patterns. 

Mistake 4: Thinking It’s a Couple of Hours Job

Remember not to ever rush through a DIY project. Depending upon the overall scope that also includes the backsplash tile cutting and grouting - the time required may vary. Sometimes, it can even take a couple of days to complete! However, you must dedicate yourself to the details and read the instructions very carefully for a smooth and streamlined process. One of the areas where first-time DIYers fail is installing tiles around electrical outlets.

Mistake 5: Ignoring the Instructions

DIY Backsplash: 6 Mistakes to Avoid

Regardless of the size and material of your backsplash tile, it is crucial that you read the instructions very carefully. Right from the beginning to the end, thoroughly read the procedure and work efficiently for a quality result. Also, don’t forget to note the drying times and applicable sealants required. 

Mistake 6: Not Setting Up a Budget

It’s quite a possibility that you might get stunned by looking at that specific chic and trendy backsplash tile, right? However, remember that you don’t want to mess up with your wallets by choosing an overly expensive tile. Well, you’ve got an entire kitchen to renovate! So, ensure to shop around festival sale time. 

Pick backsplash tiles that are timeless! Don’t choose something so trendy that fades off very easily - since you would always want your kitchen to feel refreshed. And that’s why make sure to check these above-mentioned pointers for a stress-free procedure! 

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