Cost of installing backsplash?

posted 1 year ago in Home
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Blushing bee

@kay01:  I would say do it yourself! It may seem daunting, but we just installed a good amount of these: 

 

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1v/R-202194723/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=glass+tile&storeId=10051#.USKPa6WVMqw

 

in our kitchen and they look awesome! As long as you buy/rent a decent tile saw with a diamond tip blade (and cut slowly), mix the grout correctly (water/grout ratio is critical but also spelled out on the package) and use spacers, tiling is really easy and very satisfying! 

 

If you’re not handy, or just afraid to do it completely yourself, you could also call a BAC union hall and see if anyone there could help you on the weekend… My friend did that and the guy that helped her had all of the tools and grout, and only charged (I think) $150 to help tile two walls of her 10×10 kitchen… 

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Busy bee

You can totally do it yourself. If you’re nervous, practice with some cheap tile out in your garage or something. I just went from “never worked with tile before” to cuting and tiling a kitchen island with granite tiles by myself. No need to pay someone else to do it! I used info from ehow.com, but you can find youtube tutorials as well.

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Sugar bee

I’ve been wondering the same thing. We’re definitely going the DIY route, and we priced out the tiles to be about $100 to $150 total, but I’m curious what the rest of the supplies cost.

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Bumble bee

Yup, DH did ours for about $200 over a weekend. We found tile that we liked, then went back the next weekend to get it and it was on sale! I think it was 40% off and we got it from a contractors supply shop type place. It’s 4×4 variated slate tile with random decorative 1×1 tile squares throughout.

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Helper bee

My husband does small residential jobs like this. I do all the billing and I’m guessing he would charge about $1000-$1500. I could be way off though. 

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Blushing bee

We have been looking into doing this too. I think the most expensive part is just buying the tile…you can find some really good sales though too. Does anyone have any pictures of their backsplash?

 

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Busy bee

@MrsWishyWashy:  No, this sounds right.  This sounds about what I would end up approving an invoice for.  :)

OP, check out http://www.diyornot.com/.  I have really enjoyed looking at it comparing an approximate DIY cost vs contractor cost and what goes into the DIY element.

Also, there is adhesive backer-board to eliminate some of the grouting of the tile and speed up a bit of the installation if you do go the DIY route.

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Sugar Beekeeper

Tiling is not a difficult DIY Project… a good one for a Beginner / Novice.  To to a Big Box Hardware Store (like Home Depot, Lowes etc) and they’ll give you all the info you need… be it via Handouts or a Watch & Learn Workshop… there will also be videos on YouTube you can watch.

The expensive element is the tile (more if you are planning to go slate, granite, stainless steel, etc).  The “other supplies” aren’t that expensive… adhesive, trowel / butterer, spacers, grout, sponge, and a sealer if needed (depends on what material you are using for the backsplash).

You can either buy an inexpensive tile cutter (manual)… or rent an electric one (for fancier cuts)

And yes, this isn’t a difficult project… but if you hire it out, you’ll be surprised by the mark up.

EDIT TO ADD – The only time I’d consider contracting this out, would be if I was using products I wasn’t familiar with… or very very high end, and didn’t want to wreck the project (like full sheets of granite)

 

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Busy bee

My husband did the tile/backsplash in the kitchen of our old house.  (I’ll see if I can find some pics, if I can…I”ll upload them in an upcoming post.)

 

 

It’s not rocket science.  you just have to measure, measure, measure, cut…butter, grout…I “helped” him (in the educational sense.)

 

What we did learn though is the wet saws you rent from Home Depot are a pile of shit.  Buy one if you can swing it.  My BIL bought the cheapo wet saw at Home Depot ($50) it broke halfway through his tiling project.  My husband bought a pretty expensive wet saw, but he’s into tools and home repair (and I figure I can get him to hopefully tile the kitchen and four bathrooms at this house!  YAY for me.)

 

You’d be surprised how much you can learn by watching youtube videos…

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Blushing bee

No idea how to resize pictures, but I attached one of one wall in our kitchen. It probably took two hours to put up (with cutting), and then maybe an hour to grout… The biggest pain in the whole thing was cleaning off the haze, but I don’t think a pro would do that for you anyways… Another thing we did was mix in a sealant into the grout and I haven’t had any issues with the grout getting dirty… 

 

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Wannabee

 I’m another one for trying it for yourself. Just read up on it and take it slow to start. This is our kitchen that we did last month

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Helper bee

My husband is going to do ours soon! He’s estimating it will cost around $250 in materials. We are going to do ceramic mosaic tiles that come in sheets so I imagine it will be a fairly straight forward project!

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