Guys, I cannot believe I’m actually writing this post!! I cannot tell you how stinkin’ excited I was to get rid of the ugly, old backsplash that was in my kitchen. I am so excited to say: it’s finally gone! Bye-bye ugly, dated bathroom tile; and hello new subway tile backsplash! Today I’m sharing the process of us ripping out the old tile and installing the new!
The caulking behind our sink had been peeled away for a few months, so I was afraid we would have some water damage and possibly mildew. Kenny ripped the tiled off and found black mold, eek! It wasn’t nearly as bad as it could of been, but it did extend from behind our sink about 2.5 feet. Once the tile was completely removed, he cut out the molded drywall. We were lucky it didn’t extend down behind the sink and that there was plastic covering the studs. That saved us big time!!
He replaced the old drywall with a new piece of water resistant drywall. The tile surprisingly wasn’t too horrible to get off! Once it was all removed, we evened out with wall with a metal paint tool to get rid of any unevenness and/or loose drywall on the wall and prep the wall with drywall mud. The drywall mud fills any gashes and creates a nice surface for the mortar.
The gorgeous tile we ended up going with was Mulia Tile Classique 2″x 4″ porcelain subway tile in white from Wayfair! I read wonderful reviews about this product before finalizing my decision. They come in 12×12 sheets, which makes laying the tile much easier!! I was like a little kid at Christmas to get started! We prepped the walls with mortar and began laying the sheets of tile. Kenny went back and did the intricate cuts after everything was laid. This was time consuming, but boy what a difference!! I loved it! What a huge difference it already was, even without the grout! Allow adequate drying time. We allowed approx. 24 hours.
Another major tip is, do not lay your tile before getting new countertops! Get new countertops first, cover them for protection and then lay your new tile!
The next step is grouting! Messy job, but so so worth it! We went with a bright white grout. Kenny grouted while I followed behind him cleaning the tile. Make sure you’re allowing the grout to dry for at least 10 minutes before cleaning. After everything is cleaned up and dry, go through with a white caulking and clean up seams for a finished look.
Oh my goodness, I couldn’t believe how it looked with the grout in! It was honestly everything I had pictured in my head!
This has been such an exciting transformation! Thank you for being apart of it with me! Stay tuned for more 🙂