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Natural Stone Backsplash- 8 Installation Tips-Don of All Trades

When remodeling a kitchen consider a Back Splash as part of your upgrades. Back splashes are a durable wall covering that protects your walls from water resulting in stains and molds. A kitchen is a high traffic area where most food preparation is made and is most likely to come into contact with water and greasy foods spatters.

You can enhance any floor or wall installation with these exquisite 12×14 mesh mounted marble mosaics  with the immanent natural shading of these classic stones.

Manufactures Recommended Applications:

  • Back splashes
  • Shower floors and walls
  • Appropriate for all residential  floor and wall applications
  • Light commercial floors

Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently installed this beautiful Sassi brand Bianco Polished Brick Mosaics  kitchen back splash . The results were and spectacular not to mention this natural stone is an interesting product to work with.

If you are planning on a DIY project,  we have provided 8 valuable tips to help you with your Bianco Polished Brick Mosaics Kitchen Back Splash installation including before and after photos to help you get the maximum results.


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Handy Tip Number 1

This is a natural stone product. The shade and colours will vary within cartons.

Handy Tip Number 2
Mix tiles from different cases to ensure optimal blending and install with mortar thin-set or tile adhesive.
 Handy Tip Number 3
 When installing natural marble keep in mind that the stone is very soft and when you cut the stone be mindful that at the end of the cut you have the possibility of breaking the stone. We recommend using a scrap piece of stone tile behind the tile that is being cut to stabilize the cutting blade and reduce tile breakage.
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  Handy Tip Number 4


When installing 12×12 sheet tile it is very important to use the proper v-notch trowel when applying the tile adhesive.  By applying too much adhesive and you will run into all sorts of problems with tile slippage and the adhesive squeezing out of the grout joints. Always follow manufactures recommendation on trowel size.
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 Handy Tip Number 5
When installing natural stone marble keep in mind that this type of stone is very heavy and you will need to use the proper mastic. All tile adhesive are not created equal. You will want to find a tile adhesive that is specified for use on natural stone. One that has a high bond strength and that will not sag is recommended. Ask your supplier what they carry and what’s best for your application.
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  Handy Tip Number 6
All natural stone needs to be sealed prior to grouting. Natural stone is very pores and will absorb the grout colour and hide the natural features of the stone. Not to mention it could ruin the job by giving an undesired look.  A premium penetrating sealer that can  enhance the features of the natural stone is recommended.
 Handy Tip Number 7

When picking a grout try to find one that complements all the colours that are in your natural stone. Typically when installing natural stone you want to use a non sanded grout.

Reasons for choosing non sanded are as follows:

Number 1:

Natural stone scratches very easily and you don’t want to damage the finish on the stone with the sand.

Number 2:

The second reason is these grout joints were less than 3 millimeters and it would be difficult to put sanded grout in such small joints.

 Handy Tip Number 8
 Maintenance and care. Wipe sealed stone with a damp cloth. Only use cleaners specifically designed for natural stone.
Once you kitchen back splash project is complete, natural stone will give beauty and durability and should last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
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 Kinds words from our client…

Don did a fantastic job on our backsplash. He came to our home and provided a quote and was able to do the backsplash the following week. He pays great attention to details. He was willing to come on multiple days in order to ensure that our stone was properly sealed, and grouted. The finished product is more than I could have even expected. He was very professional and just a wonderful person to do business with. We will certainly contact Don again when we do future renovations!

Ryan-Whitby, Ontario

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DIY Weekend Projects-Turning Something Old Into Something New-Don of all Trades


Regardless of how much we love our furniture, a few pieces tend to begin going into disrepair sooner than others. In other cases, we may go gaga over a new piece of furniture item that will come to replace an older unit in our homes. Whatever the case might be, furniture pieces tend to travel every which way inside numerous homes.

It’s actually sad to discard good quality  furniture that way, yet these pieces  regularly take up excessive amounts of  room when they are no longer useful in our homes. If your furniture is sturdy and still  fully functional, you could sell it to a new home. Unfortunately, a significant number of these house hold items  simply wind up on the curb for garbage day.

Before you toss out your next piece of furniture item, consider  these fantastic DIY ventures that particularly re-purpose old furniture pieces. You’ll wish that you had spared a portion of those things from your old collection. Below are two  weekend DIY projects that we recently completed by up-cycling old pieces we already had around the house to look new again.

Pillar Accent Table Weekend Project No.1

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Our family has had this piece for over 17 years. We actually purchased this pillar at a home and garden center in the damaged section of the store.  Got a great deal on it and brought it home. This pillar was used as a decorative decor  piece in our home for years. It held a beautiful blue glass vase with an arrangement of large silk sunflowers in it and was showcased in our living room until it ended up in our basement along with our many other collections of pieces that we just didn’t use anymore.  My wife had a hard time deciding on whether to sell it or hold on to it for future use.  During this years HUGE spring cleaning and de-cluttering process, we decided to keep this piece by repairing, up-cycle and giving this piece a new function  and home in the house.  And we’re sure glad we did!

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Repairs were made to rebuild a damaged corner.

Our Choice of Paint


We had left over paint from a previous project with great results and decided to use it again on this particular project.   Chalked Ultra Matte Paint creates a matte finish that dries to a velvety smooth finish. It transforms and rejuvenates furniture and home decor, creating a unique one of a kind look.

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Why Paint with Ultra Matte Paint in Linen White?

  • Easy to us e – No prepping or priming required
  • Use on wood, metal, ceramic, canvas and more
  • Water based for easy clean up

Three great reasons why we chose this paint to get this DIY weekend project done.

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A beautiful custom fit piece of glass was cut and purchased to add more area space to the top of the pillar along with helping to give this piece a new unique one of a kind look and to fit into the new chosen space.

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Inexpensive self adhesive Non-Slip Stoppers were attached to the top of the pillar to help prevent the glass from slipping.

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And voila! Our New Pillar Accent Table is done.  Love the new fresh clean look, new function and home where we can enjoy it for many more years to come!

Seashell Accent Mirror Weekend Project No.2

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Now this was a fun project to complete. We had an old mirror hanging around and decided to give it a new look that would compliment along side  with our new pillar accent table.

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We covered the mirror glass in order to protect  it with the help of painters tape and some paper. Glue and sand was added to the mirror first to help tie it in with the seashells.

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Once dried, we created a pattern of shells around the mirror to figure out where which shells were going to be placed.

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Many, many seashells and lots of  glue sticks later along with a lot of patience, our seashell accent mirror was finally completed. It was placed above the new pillar accent table in the tiny front foyer area. Love the new look of this small space and being able to turn something old and turning it into something new again.

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Old furniture can be an eye sore, but for the crafty, old furniture items are an opportunity to transform the old into something new and delightful. Whether you just want to dress up an old piece or create something entirely new from its parts, just remember that with a little bit of motivation, hard work and imagination, the possibilities are endless.


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Founder Mr. Donato D’Orazio

Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Donato has over 20 plus years of experience. His company has completed various projects for many clients. Donato’s philosophy is to always treat “YOUR HOME AS IF IT WERE HIS OWN”. His goal is to provide quality service at affordable prices without compromising the finished product.

Donato always ensures all his projects are completed with the highest standard of quality and craftsman ship. He also takes pride in knowing that he can take your ideas and turn them into reality….. Giving you the home you’ve always dreamed of having.
Donato D’Orazio, owner and founder of Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, classifies his vision for home renovation projects with three important goals.

1. To come in on budget
2. To complete the project on-time.
3. To make the customer’s experience as stress-free as possible

It is these three goals that form the foundation for the Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services business model, which is unique from the way that other home improvement companies operate. Our clients have told us the benefits they’ve seen from our business model.

Don’s Motto

“Start living better and get peace of mind and the freedom in life to get back to the important things that matters most to you.”