Kitchen Backsplash - OK to tile on drywall?
Firstly, let me say that I'm a homeowner with basic DIY skills (perhaps above average), but I'm certainly not an expert - especially when it comes to tiling. I'm also new to the forum...
Here's my situation:
We've been remodeling the kitchen in our 1925 house --- removed old cabinets, ripped out lathe & plaster, ran new electric, new drywall, new cabinets + counter. The last thing to do is the backsplash, which we plan to tile.
Because it's such a small area (16.5" x 15 lineal feet), we splurged and got some tile my wife fell in love with. 1"x3" Heath Ceramics tiles in a stacked grid pattern. The tiles are "surface mounted" (new to me! basically a 12" piece of tape on the front instead of mesh on the back). They look great and we're excited to get them in!
Here's my question:
Is it OK to install the tile directly on the drywall? It has been taped (paper) and mudded (smooth) and primed. I have heard conflicting opinions and general internet searching doesn't make it any clearer. After looking around this forum a bit, it looks like there is a lot of experience and good advice here and I hope to benefit from it!
If so, what thinset/mastic to you recommend? A friend recommended VersaBond. But again, I don't have much tiling experience and am not familiar with all that is out there. Perhaps there is something better if tiling on drywall? Or some sort of special surface prep?
There are a couple of holes to patch where outlets were relocated -- is there a special way to patch them if I'm tiling over them?
For all the tiling I've done in the past I've used a backer board. However, I'm afraid the finished depth will be too thick, particularly where it abuts window trim. So I'm looking for alternatives.
Any advice, instructions, or suggestions (both for installing "surface mount" tiles and for tiling on drywall) will be appreciated. Thanks!