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How To Install Subway Tile 🛠 Installing TILE BACKSPLASH for the FIRST TIME

Learn how to install a glass mosaic subway tile backsplash from a beginner’s perspective! I’ve completed my first tile backsplash installation, let me show you all of the tips and tricks I found along the way. Thanks to Lowe’s for sponsoring this : https://bit.ly/TileAtLowes

📦 Materials Used On The Tile Backsplash Installation:

Glass Subway Tile : https://www.lowes.com/pd/Elida-Ceramica-2×6-Super-White-Mos-Glass-12-in-x-12-in-Glossy-Glass-Brick-Mosaic-Wall-Tile/1001027546?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
Schluter Edge Trim : https://www.lowes.com/pd/Schluter-Systems-Schiene-0-375-in-W-x-98-5-in-L-Aluminum-Tile-Edge-Trim/3772433?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
MAPEI Premix Grout. Pearl Gray : https://www.lowes.com/pd/MAPEI-Keracaulk-S-10-5-oz-Pearl-Gray-Sanded-Paintable-Latex-Caulk/3030809?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
Color Matched Caulk : https://www.lowes.com/pd/MAPEI-Keracaulk-S-10-5-oz-Warm-Gray-Sanded-Paintable-Latex-Caulk/3033532?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
Under-Cabinet Lights : https://www.lowes.com/pd/Enbrighten-12-in-Plug-in-Light-Bar/1001347802?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
Vent Hood : https://www.lowes.com/pd/IMPERIAL-6-in-dia-Galvanized-Steel-R2-Exhaust-Intake-Dryer-Vent-Hood/4598558?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520

🛠 Tools Used On The Tile Backsplash Installation:

Tile Saw : https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-7-in-0-75-HP-Sliding-Table-Tile-Saw/1000981158?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
Tile Spacers (between tiles) : https://www.lowes.com/pd/TAVY-100-Pack-1-in-W-x-1-in-L-1-16-in-Plastic-Tile-Spacer/1198393?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
Tile Spacers (between tile and counter) : https://www.lowes.com/pd/TAVY-100-Pack-1-in-W-x-1-in-L-3-16-in-Plastic-Tile-Spacer/3530580?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
Glass Tile Nippers : https://www.lowes.com/pd/Marshalltown-24-in-Snap-Cutter/1000211275?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
Snap Cutter : https://www.lowes.com/pd/Blue-Hawk-20-in-Snap-Cutter/50273865?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
Oscillating Tool : https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-V20-15-Piece-Cordless-20-Volt-Max-Variable-Speed-Oscillating-Multi-Tool-Kit-with-Soft-Case-1-Battery-Included/1000578573?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520
Tile Installation Kit : https://www.lowes.com/pd/QLT-by-Marshalltown-Tile-Installation-Kit/1000202541?cm_mmc=inf-_-c-_-prd-_-kab-_-hdy-_-craf-_-yt-_-qon-_-how-_-kit042520

🍳Samsung Appliances :

Microwave Wall Oven Combo : https://low.es/3bgph1M
Range Hood : https://low.es/3ab4U64
Induction Cooktop : https://low.es/2wrPKe5
Dishwasher : https://low.es/2U6JUYH

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  1. What saw blade is that on the Dewalt for the edging.

  2. Wet sponge and plastic razor blade worked well for me on the squeeze out. Was able to scrape the tile without out damaging

  3. Don’t use that grout from Lowe’s. It hardens too fast and is a nightmare for beginners. Also don’t clean your sponge in the sink. Use a bucket and rinse the bucket out often with a hose. The grout is like cement and can clog your drains.

  4. Have you ever built a house from scratch? If not, I bet you'll soon with all your talent.

  5. The mastic pre-mixed adhesive you used is NOT recommended for glass tile. Since glass is not porous, the mastic on the edges of the tile can dry and seal in undried mastic underneath the tile. The trapped moisture can lead to bonding issues and molding. Literally any glass tile manufacturer will tell you not to use mastic, and the Mapei label also says not to use it on glass tile!

  6. What is that countertop? I see wood edge but black top??

  7. Wow, you pretty much turned a 3hr job into a 1day nightmare

  8. Hold the trowel at a 90 rather than 45, and you’ll have all the grout you need.

  9. Cool color i. Is that white or a light green ? What os the spacer size ?

  10. The angle you holed the trawol will stop the squeeze out your and or not using the right tooth size for that tile

  11. My toxic trait is thinking I could do this, LOL. Looks absolutely incredible!!!!!

  12. Nice job!! Kinda hard to tell but did you use a Schluter strip Along the entire bottom of all the cabinets and around the Range hood I can’t quite tell

  13. Good job, it looks awesome. Thanks for the tips.

  14. I use a thin flat head screw driver between the tile to scrape out excessive adhesive as I go. It's fast and easy.

  15. One thing is, shut off power or tape outlets before setting tile. Most people will find out the power of 110, from the outlets. No fun.

  16. That make T spacers you could just leave in.

  17. I use a smaller v knotch towel, for minimal mess, from smearing.

  18. A beginner will not have this machine smh

  19. I watched countless videos after deciding I wanted to install my own subway tile backsplash and I was ecstatic when I saw JB had created a video as he's one of my "go-to" YT creators. If you're watching because you're thinking of tackling this project, know this is one of the most realistic tutorials out there. You will experience all the same hiccups that JB had to work through and then some. Your project will easily take 10 times longer than you think it will, it will be surprisingly exhausting and it will be a VERY messy job. Just because something is simple, doesn't mean it is easy and this is a perfect example. My backsplash turned out great! (I still have to grout) There are at least three significant mistakes that only I know about so I am content. I wanted professional results with first-timer experience and I knew that was unrealistic going in. However, I based my expectations on the outcome of previous first-time DIY projects like LVP-ing my entire house so I understood my capabilities. All this is to say, take your time, be confident in your abilities and fill your head with as much info as you can going in. You've got this!

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