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Installing Tile Using Simple Mat

– Posted in: Bob Vila, Home Improvement, How to, Projects

When I first saw Simple Mat at my local Home Depot, I have to admit I was very skeptical. Since I am a person who likes to get things done, I figured I’d give it a try! If it didn’t work, well I would give myself an “I told you so” lecture…

Anyway, you’re supposed to be able to stick this stuff to the wall, add the tile, and grout right away. Mr. Awesome and I used it in the kitchen to install marble tile and it worked perfectly! I absolutely have no complaints! It was so easy and I was finished in about three hours! Woo hoo!

Today, I’ll show you how I used this product to install a tile backsplash in my kids’ bathroom…

Materials:

  • Simple Mat
  • Tile
  • Grout
  • Grout float
  • Silicone caulk

Let’s get started!

I removed the shoe molding I put around the countertop when I built and installed it. Then, I cleaned the walls with plain white vinegar and water, and let them dry completely.

   

Because I only wanted the tile to be 6″ high from the top of the counter, I had to move the outlet. No biggie because I didn’t like the position of it anyway! I removed the outlet, drew lines for the new position, cut out the drywall, and used the piece to plug the original part of the hole.

     

I cut the Simple Mat into 6″ high pieces.  I peeled off the backing and started at the corner, applying the Simple Mat to the wall. Do not remove the outside cover!

   

Only remove the outside cover as tile is applied. I started in the corner and when all of the tile was applied, I used the grout float to press it into place.

   

Once all of the tile had been installed, I started grouting! I applied the grout with my hands instead of the grout float, then wiped it off with a wet tile sponge. (Use a bucket so that sand from the grout isn’t trapped in the pipes!)

Let the grout dry overnight. Use silicone caulk on the top and bottom (at the countertop) of the tile for a nice finish.

Wasn’t that easy?? I was finished in a little over an hour! Woo hoo!!

 

Until next time,

Happy Creating!

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  • http://www.dealsbell.com/store/builddirect.com/ Hamiltonk christine

    nice
     

  • http://www.mosaictilestone.com/Basketweave-Mosaic-Tile-s/32.htm Alana Geikie

    This definitely makes tile installation easier, especially on small wall areas. I’m glad you found this wonderful product and shared it with us. You can also make other creative designs using different tiles on the other walls of the bathroom, to complement that very adorable sink dish. The kids would love that!

    • Cher-Ann

      Thanks so much! Stop by and visit again soon!

  • http://www.toolventure.co.uk/hand-tools/tile-cutters/ Tile Cutter

    Fab post and blog! I love all your pictures. Thanks for sharing these with us.