I've done floor tiling before however this was our first time doing back splash tiling and it was actually easier than I thought!
1. Figure out what tile you want I chose to use a larger subway tile because my walls were uneven and the larger tiles are better at hiding that.
2. Figure out how much you need. This is easy length x width of each section! Always buy an extra box of tile! You never want to run out while on the job and have to run out to the store while the thin set is drying on you!
3. Buy grout I went with black grout. Click for Link
4. Buy thinset - they have certain thin set for ceramic and porcelain tile so just look out for that. Click for Link
5. Buy a trowel - this is what you will spread the the thin set with! Click for Link
6. Buy a five gallon bucket to mix in!
7. Buy a drill and mixing tool! You always will need a drill and the mixing tool is cheap. (Click for Link for drill) (Click Link for Mixer)
8. Buy a tile saw. I looked up the cost of renting one and between running back and forth to the store it's not really worth it. I used the Ryobi tile saw on my floor, backsplash, and will use it on my bathroom when I do that. Click for Link
9. Getting started! You bought all the tools now it's time to get going. Put a little water in the bucket and dump some thinnest in. Use your drill and mixing tool to get to a peanut butter consistency this goes for most things even cement!
10. Have a plan for how high you want to go, what will you do around outlet covers, and what are you going to use for edging? They sell aluminum edging that is quite common and easy to use. Click Link for edging
11. Put the thinset on the back of the tile using the teeth of the trowel to create horizontal lines. These lines will create suction and help adhere the tile to the wall.
12. Place the tile on the thin set and start bottom up with the tile. Put spacers in between each tile above and beside to make room for grout if you choose to have grout. I like the staggered look so I will start one row with a full piece then use a half piece to start the next row.
13. Clean any excess mortar off with a wet sponge then dry with a rag. It's harder to clean once dry.
14. So you are all tiled and ready to grout! Mix the grout the same way as the thinset and use a rubber float to apply. Just start at one point and slap some grout on the tile and work it into the joints with the float. Clean off any excess. Click for link for Float
15. All done!