Mosaic wood tiles are extremely durable and easy to install. They work in any room where you need an easily maintained surface. With the proper preparation, installing mosaic wood wall tile is relatively quick and easy.
Planning the Wall and Buying Materials
Before you buy the tiles, measure the wall or area to be covered. Plan the pattern you want to use — a simple block pattern is easiest, but you can also set the tiles in a diamond or other pattern. If you’re tiling only part of a wall, you won’t have to cut the tiles. If you’re tiling the entire wall, plan your arrangement so that you have to cut as few tiles as possible at the edges of the wall.
Use our calculator to determine the number of tiles you need; if you’ll have to cut tiles, allow several extra for wastage.
Installing on existing wall
The installation surface must be clean, dry and structurally sound. As with most projects, special consideration must be made for wet locations. In a shower or other high-moisture location, you may want to use cement-fiber board as the tile substrate.
- Knock the sheen off glossy finishes with a light sanding.
- Patch any holes or wide cracks in drywall with spackling compound. Sand smooth when the patch dries.
- Use a clean brush to apply the adhesive to each tile, put adhesive at 4 corners and the center.
- For added support, headless nails can be used
Installation wood tiles to concrete/brick wall
- Pre-install a wood frame onto the wall;
The overall size of the frame needs to be same as the wall that intends to be covered by decorative tiles; and the size of each cell needs to be same as wood tile.
- Mark lines on the backing panel, the lines need to follow with the wood frame to insure that the nails will be fixed onto the frame, not the wall.
- Install the plywood or MDF backing panel onto the frame with pneumatic nail gun
- Use a clean brush to apply the adhesive to each cell, put adhesive at 4 corners and the center
- Press the tile to the backing panel firmly
- Make sure the gap between tiles are as tight as possible
- Reinforce the 4 corners and center of each tile by using pneumatic nail gun.
Tip: cover the mosaic wood wall tile with cloth while putting in the nails to avoid scratches.
- Clean up the surface with slightly wet towel.