DIY: Backsplash Behind the Oven

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DIY: Backsplash Behind the Oven
An oven backsplash is a useful accent for a kitchen stove. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Typically, backsplashes are installed behind kitchen sinks and are designed to help protect the wall from water damage. You can also install a backsplash behind an oven to protect the wall from steam and grease. Installing a backsplash behind your oven is no different than putting in a tile backsplash behind a sink. Give yourself a full day when taking on this task. Although the process is not hard, it is labour-intensive.

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Things you need

  • Tile
  • Tile cutters
  • Thin set mortar
  • Trowel
  • 1/4-inch tile spacers
  • Grout
  • Grout bag
  • Rag
  • Dowel rod

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the stove by unplugging it from its power source and pull it away from the wall. Determine how far down you want the backsplash to go. It should extend at least to the counter top surface beside the stove.

  2. 2

    Pre-fit each piece of tile on a work surface, make any necessary cuts with a tile-cutting saw and lay out the tile pattern before you permanently attach the tile to the wall. This speeds up the installation process to prevent the thin set from drying before you can install all of the tiles.

  3. 3

    Apply a 1/4-inch layer of thin set to the wall with a trowel.

  4. 4

    Set the first row of tiles at the bottom of the backsplash. Place a ¼-inch tile spacer between each tile to create your grout line.

  5. 5

    Place a ¼-inch tile spacer on top of each tile in the first row.

  6. 6

    Set the second row of tiles onto the wall. Again, position a ¼-inch tile spacer between each tile.

  7. 7

    Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to complete all of the rows.

  8. 8

    Wipe any thin set mortar off the tiles with a damp rag before it has a chance to set. After two hours, remove the tile spacers. Wait 24 hours for the thin set mortar to cure.

  9. 9

    Pour grout into a grout bag then squeeze the grout into the grout lines. Take the tip of a dowel rod and remove the excess grout from the grout lines. Wipe any excess grout from the surface of the tile with a damp rag.

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