Tiling under the sink

We noticed a little water damage under the sink.  Although the damage was minor, it would likely get worse with time.  The light warping came from water dripping down the front of farmhouse sink. I’ve seen the “use peel and stick tile under your sink for easy under sink clean-up” floating around pinterest forever.  We decided since we hadn’t actually tiled anything, but had big tiling ambitions (i.e. kitchen backsplashpowder room, master bathroom, guest bathroom, laundry room) it’d probably be a good idea to get our feet wet with tiling under the sink with simple subway tile.

 
Materials and Tools:
  • Simple Mat
  • Tile (regular and bullnose)
  • Grout
  • Grout Sealer
  • Wet saw
  • Spacers (we used nickels)
  • Rubber Float
  • Sponge
  • Bucker
Tile Selection:
We used simple white subway tile from Home Depot.  At the time we were thinking about using the same tile for our backsplash, but ended up going with Hampton Carrara Marble instead.  We also purchased bullnose tile to go along the edge of the cabinet.

 

 

We cleared everything out, thoroughly cleaned, and then placed our Simple Mat.

Thoughts on Simple Mat:
We used Simple Mat for our kitchen backsplash and overall felt unimpressed with it for that particular project.  For THIS project, it worked great.  However, now that I’ve tiled a few things, I think I might be a thin set person.  As in: I’d choose to use thin set over simple mat in just about any tile project.  However, I have not used thin set on backsplash (only the Simple Mat), so maybe I’d end up hating thin set while tiling a back splash?  Only time will tell, I’m sure I have more back splashes in my future.  Below is what I had to say about Simple Mat after completing our kitchen backsplash.

For this project we ended up being unimpressed with simple mat (we’ve been happy with it in the past with smaller projects).  I think with lighter tile it works fine.  However, after tiling the first wall we were unhappy with the amount of sag showing up in the grout lines.  So we asked a friend (who is a professional tiler) and he recommended using silicone.  We started adding a few globs of silicone onto each piece and it stopped our saggy tile problem.  

Note: We did search for a weight limit on simple mat but couldn’t find one.  We only found length and width restrictions.  If anybody happens to know or  finds a per tile weight limit please let me know so I can post it here!

So, if  your project involves light weight tiles and getting your hands dirty with thin set sounds intimidating, I would recommend Simple Mat.

After laying out the simple mat we did a dry run with the tiles.  We were able to “borrow” Grandpil’s (Grandpa’s) wet saw.   I say “borrow” because that thing sat in our garage until the bitter end, the only reason it left our garage is because we were moving.  This was my first time using it and I was nervous, but it wasn’t difficult to use.  Also I had my fan boys cheering me on:
Tip: I found if I flipped the tile over and did a quick notch, flipped it back over and continued with my cut I had  a much cleaner cut and less tile tear out.
How to tile under the sink
 We cut the tile and do a quick dry fit.  We ended up using nickels as spacers.
Using Nickles for tile spacers
We used polybend sanded grout.  I really wish I would have taped the sides of the cabinet to reduce the mess, but hindsight is twenty-twenty and more importantly, I’m lazy.
Under the sink tile
For small tiling jobs my go to item for grout mixing is old yogurt containers.  Also for this job I ended giving up on using the grout float and ended up using my fingers to get the grout in all the crevices (I wore gloves).
How to tile under the sink
How to tile under the sink
This tile project turned out great and is a great project to get your feet wet with tiling!  It also makes a normally ugly place a little prettier and 100% easier to clean.  I will absolutely repeat this project in any future home we own.
How to tile under your sink
 How to tile under the sink