How to Cover a Brick Backsplash

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How to Cover a Brick Backsplash
Cover exposed brick with decorative tile. (kitchen image by Rich Johnson from

The kitchen backsplash is one of the most decorative areas of your kitchen design. While in the past, the backsplash's purpose was to keep the wall behind the sink and stove clean and dry, new paints and cleaning materials mean the backsplash is merely there to decorate the kitchen. If exposed bricks on the backsplash are not fitting in with the rest of your decor, you can cover the bricks with the tile of your choice. Make sure the thickness of the tiles, and the thickness of the setting material that will cover the brick, do not interfere with the workspace of your countertop.

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Things you need

  • Thin set
  • Trowel
  • Measuring tape
  • Tile
  • Tile saw
  • Grout
  • Grout float
  • Grout sponge

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  1. 1

    Spread a thin layer of thin set mortar over the exposed bricks in the backsplash. Smooth the mortar with a trowel until a flat, level surface has been created. Allow the mortar to dry overnight.

  2. 2

    Measure the backsplash area to be tiled and mark off an area of equal size on a nearby worktable or floor. Lay out your tiles in this area to determine placement and cuts before you install them on the wall.

  3. 3

    Lay the first tile of each section of the backsplash in the lower, centre of each wall section. Lay the next tiles equally out to each side and up to create a balanced layout. Cut tiles to fit on a tile saw and return them to the layout to double check fit before you install.

  4. 4

    Set the tiles on the backsplash in the same layout you created in your workspace by trowelling on a small amount of thin set mortar at a time, and raking it with the notches of the trowel. Press each tile into the mortar firmly and twist it slightly into place.

  5. 5

    Allow the thin set to dry for 24 hours and then grout the backsplash tiles. Pack the grout between each tile with a grout float and wipe away the excess grout with a damp grout sponge before it dries.

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