DIY Brick Backsplash
July 23, 2019
Updating your kitchen? Add a unique and classy style to your kitchen by installing a brick backsplash (or as we like to call it #bricksplash). With Old Mill Brick's thin bricks, you can install a real brick backsplash on your own in a weekend. No skilled masons required.
What you'll need:
- Old Mill Brick thin bricks
- Loctite Power Grab (or comparable product)
- Tile cutter
- Spacers (optional)
- Pre-mixed sanded grout
- Grout bag
Prepping your work space
Start by prepping your work space. If you have an existing tile backsplash, you'll need to remove the tiles and sand off any lingering glue so you have a flat surface. If you are installing over a painted wall, use some 80 grit sand paper to rough up the paint a bit. That way the adhesive can get a good hold. Wipe the wall down with a clean dry rag before starting your project. Put down newspaper or cardboard to protect your counter tops and use painters tape where needed to protect adjacent walls. Finally, remove any outlet or lighting covers.
To start out, use your ruler and level to draw some guide lines in pencil. The bricks are 2-1/4" in height and should be placed 3/8" apart. Draw a line 2-5/8" above your bottom line. The top of your first row of bricks will touch the line so that you have space for a grout line at the bottom. Continue to raw straight lines every 2-5/8" going up the wall. This will help you create straight lines.
Applying your brick
Now you are ready to start gluing on your bricks. Use your Loctite Power Grab or other comparable product to squeeze a squiggly line on the back of your first brick as shown here:
Place your first row or two of brick so that the top of the bricks are along your guide line. Use your level to ensure the rows are straight. You can use 3/8" spacers if needed to keep the bricks in place and make sure that the spacing is consistent.
Continue adding your brick until your whole backsplash is covered. Use a tile cutter and ruler as needed to cut bricks to size. Read our post on how to cut thin brick here for more details. Allow your bricksplash 24 hours to dry before starting on the grout.
There are many different options when it comes to grout. For this project, a pre-mixed white sanded grout was used with a grout bag and sponge method. This method is done by filling your grout bag halfway with grout and then piping it into the gaps. Work in small sections and then use a damp sponge to smooth out the grout lines. It's helpful to have a bowl of water handy to clean the sponge as needed while you're working the grout. Be careful not to smear too much grout on the brick faces. Clean off as much grout from the faces as you can while it's wet. The grout is very difficult to remove once it is dry.
When you are done grouting, you can clean up your materials and painter tape. When re-installing your outlets, be sure to use some spacers and longer screws to accommodate for the aded 1/2" thick brick.
Old Mill Brick also sells Brickwebb to make installing thin brick even easier. Brickwebb is 12 pre-spaced bricks on a mesh backing that installs just like mosaic tile. You can install your brick in a fraction of the time with Brickwebb sheets. Learn more here.