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How to Install a Backsplash Using Plastic Ceiling Tiles

Any type of water-resistant tile, including plastic ceiling tiles, can be used to create an easy-to-clean backsplash for a kitchen or bathroom. Whether you use a simple grid of uniformly colored and sized tiles or mix and match tiles to create a mosaic pattern, you should always measure the area of your desired backsplash and plan the tile spacing and placement before you begin. You can use a piece of butcher or kraft paper cut to the size of your backsplash as a “map” for placement.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Damp rags
  • Mastic or thinset
  • Putty knife
  • Plastic tiles, cut to size
  • Grout
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    • 1

      Pry away any old tile and remove switch plates or outlet covers using the screwdriver.

    • 2

      Sand the backsplash area using 80-grit sandpaper.

    • 3

      Wipe area well using a damp rag to remove any dust, dirt, paint flakes or old mastic and grout.

    • 4

      Apply a thin layer of mastic or thinset to the backspash area using the putty knife.

    • 5

      Place the plastic tiles in the desired pattern, pushing them into the mastic or thinset to achieve a good seal.

    • 6

      Clean off the putty knife and allow the tiles to set overnight.

    • 7

      Apply grout to the gaps between the tiles using the putty knife. Push the grout into the gaps as deeply as possible.

    • 8

      Wipe away excess grout using a damp rag. Allow the grout to dry completely, per the manufacturer’s instructions, before using the backsplash.