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How to Repair Walls Before Tiling

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If you’re wanting to do some backsplash tiling but need to do some wall repairs let me share with you How to Repair Walls Before Tiling.  We recently had gorgeous quartz countertops installed.  We previously had 6 inch white tile countertop with a 6 inch white tile as a small backsplash.  So when the countertops came out, so did that 6 inch tile backsplash.

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How to Repair Walls Before Tiling

I can’t tell you how excited I was to be taking on this project, not because I love fixing walls, but because I knew my gorgeous backsplash was the next step.  This repair process was easy and it only took a few items.

 

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Here’s what we were dealing with.  When we removed the 6 inch tile backsplash little chunks of the wall came off, leaving a really uneven surface in some areas.

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Now if you can run your hand across the wall and it’s mostly smooth, than your adhesive to hold the tiles will stick just fine.  I had chunks missing though so I need to do some repairs.

I mixed up the wall repair compound… just put the powder in a bucket and add water… mix until combined.  You want a thick, but spreadable consistency.

How to Repair and Prep Your Walls before Tiling | DIY Wall Repair

Here you can see the wall once I had spread the patching compound.  You want to get the compound into the holes, grooves, etc.  It’s ok if it’s rough, just make sure you filled in the areas.

How to Repair and Prep Your Walls before Tiling | DIY Wall Repair

Let it dry well.  I gave it 6 hours to be safe.  Then with a sanding block I went over the area, sanding it smooth.  Run your hand over making sure the surface is mostly smooth and even.

Once you’re walls are repairs you’re ready to tile!  I’ll be sharing about our subway backsplash next week.

How to Repair and Prep Your Walls before Tiling | DIY Wall Repair

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  2. Repairing walls before tiling for backsplashes, it is imperative and I don’t think homeowners realize it. One must need a flat surface before placing the tile on the wall, and in this instance it truly takes a few steps to get there.

  3. Boy did I need this information, because we are doing a little redo in the basement, there is a wall in the bathroom down there that need redoing, so we can put wall towels on that part of the wall. Thank you.

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