Remodeling a 70s Kitchen, Tiling Advice

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  1. alexjag33

    alexjag33 New Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    My latest project is remodeling a hideous 70s kitchen.

    The countertop is relatively new- it is a preformed countertop with a backsplash. This part will stay.

    The kitchen back wall behind the countertop is a set of hideous wood panels that would be a bear to remove.

    I thought of just putting tiles on the ugly panel wall to hide it. The tiles will serve no functional purpose- only appearance.

    I want to use no grout- just an adhesive with zero space between the tiles.

    Can this be done on a wood panel wall? And what type of adhesive should i use?
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2008
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Not recommended - wood isn't particularly compatible with tile...they expand and contract at different rates making the bond break or the tile.

    Also, while not as likely on a vertical wall, stuff will get splashed on the backsplash, and with no grout in the joints, could leak back into the wall and you'd never get it out and clean again. Plan for at least 1/16" grout line.

    The existing backsplash probably also has cooking grease from long exposure in the kitchen, also a bond breaker. It really needs to come out. If the walls are drywall, you could just cut it out and install new. The tile could be installed on drywall, or if you want, cement board. Thinset (dry powder comes in a bag) is the least expensive and best thing to hold the tile on the wall. Probably a lightly modified thinset like Versabond (available at HD). Mastic (stuff premixed in a bucket) probably could be used, but costs 4x as much and can't be used if the tile you choose are too big (it has to have some edges so it can dry...can't do that with a big tile and it will stay soft like in the bucket for months).
    Check out for help on tiling.
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  4. alexjag33

    alexjag33 New Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Nope- there is no stove on this countertop. The stove is a separate unit on the other side of the kitchen. The countertop and its backsplash will stay.

    My goal is not a major remodel- I just need to fix the kitchen up decent enough to sell the house. Doing a tiling job that will only last a year before it cracks is out of the question, though.

    I think I will cut out the paneling and place 1/4 backerboard there on the kitchen wall instead. Then I will tile.
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I would recommend possibly using Redgard on the wood first. For even better advice, check with the tile pros on
  6. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    Dec 30, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY and Fire Island, NY
    ... Paint?
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