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Glass & Stone Mosiac Kitchen Backsplash Tile Install By: Don Of All Trades

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There’s nothing more exciting than adding  upgrades to your home like this Glass and Stone Mosaic Kitchen Backslash install our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed for our client.  These home owners picked their own choice of colour and style of tile. I have to say, the end result is SPECTACULAR!

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Product:  Glass and Stone Mosaic Wall Tiles

Up for a DIY challenge? Here’s some important steps to remember BEFORE you start the installation process.

Important Information To Remember

  • Make sure the surface is level and clean prior to installation.
  • If applying mosaic tile on gypsum, it is important to apply a coat of primer prior to beginning your mosaic wall tile installation.
  • Always check all the purchased boxes of tiles before starting. I have been in situations where clients thought what they purchased was all the same tile when in fact what they brought home was 3 different types of tile.  This step saves everyone involved  a lot of time and aggravation.
  • Inspect each tile prior to installation.
  • When installing tiles, mix and match tiles from different cartons for a natural look.
  • If you are installing mosaic wall tiles in a shower, it is necessary to install a waterproof membrane.
  • Install any trim or profile strips before installing the mosaic wall tile.
  • Modified thin-sets are generally appropriate for mosaic wall tile installations. Pre-mixed thin-sets are not appropriate for bathroom installations, and should not be used for mosaics featuring glass wall tiles.
  • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions when applying modified thin-set and grout.

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So Here’s What We Did

  1. First step was to come up with a plan of where these tiles were going to be placed on the walls.

With the plan in place, we began our kitchen back-splash install by adding the first tile in the closest centre point of the wall, keeping in mind that the last tiles in each row would be wider than half a tile.

Tip: Always stop and check to make sure your tiles are level.

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There were some moments in this installation process where we had to cut a mosaic tile sheet from the back with a utility knife. With this type of tile, a wet saw with a  diamond blade was used to cut through the tiles.

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Photos courtesy  Don Of All Trades

Setting material was  applied to substrate while using the notched side of a V-Notched trowel. Using the flat side of trowel, we smoothed out all ridges to achieve a consistent, even (1/8 inch) coverage.

Now comes the fun part!

We applied glass  mosaic sheets, mesh-side down, firmly into the freshly spread setting material while mixing and matching from assorted sell units to achieve a consistent variation. Using a rubber float to gently press the tile into the adhesive to ensure  a complete contact. Spacers where also used to maintain a set distance between the mosaic tile sheets.

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We marked measurement marks on the back of the sheets of tile in order to install the mosaic tile around  the light fixtures and electrical sockets.  Once the tiles where in place, we then measured the gaps around the sockets and used leftover pieces to fill in the gaps.

Spacers were removed once the adhesive had set.  Tiles were wiped with a clean sponge to remove any residual adhesive.

A premium penetrating sealer is recommended for a natural look referred by the manufacturers instructions  and was applied onto the stone only.

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After 24 hours, a mix of non-sanded tile grout was applied with a rubber float. Afterwards, the grout was evened out by wiping the tile with a wet sponge in a circular motion. Residual grout was cleaned with a clean sponge within 5-10 minutes of grout application.

After 12 hours, any remaining haze was polished off using a dry cloth.

 

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Glass and Stone  mosaics have been used to beautify buildings and homes for centuries. They can be incorporated into many designs to produce a stunning result.

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Solutions On Kitchen Back Splash Tile Remodeling

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When remodelling 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 come into contact with water and greasy foods spatters. Back splashes not only serve as protective barrier from these elements, back splashes also play an important role in the kitchen’s décor by harmonizing the various elements of design. Modern back splashes are an important link that completes a bigger picture and the over all look with your choice of kitchen counter top finish, your kitchen floor product choice and all other finishes. All these elements tie into the overall design compositions that “Screams” beautiful! With the right look and results, your kitchen could quite possibly become one of your favorite rooms in the house!

modern backsplash

If your personal preference is a modern back splash for your kitchen remodel, there are  a variety of beautiful options available at your disposal. Modern Kitchen Back splash selections range from simple to more detailed and futuristic designs. Types of back splash range from glazed tiles, porcelain tiles, metal tiles, ceramic tiles, varnished wooden tiles, glass tiles and stone tiles. There are a multitude of fancy designs to choose from. Mosaics, a mixture of stone and glass and many other interesting designs are just a few to name.

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“How Do I Pick A Back Splash?”

There is a wide variety of modern back splashes that you can choose from. In addition, it may become very confusing when choosing back splashes that fit well with the design of your kitchen and the other finishes. As a result, it is of paramount importance to come up with a criterion for selecting tile backs plashes for your kitchen if you want it to look perfect. Below are some tips that can help you in selecting back splashes for your kitchen.

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Choosing a Tile Design and the Materials that You Like best

There is a huge variety of incredible and unique looking tile on the market today that you can choose from. Ceramic choices again range in copper and other type metal tiles, stone and porcelain tiles, and glazed tiles. Keep in mind of what type of tile finishes  you are looking for in your kitchen.  Matte finishes are a great product for a kitchen that is well-lit where as shiny finishes can amplify even the smallest amount of lighting in a room adding that visual quality of any kitchen. Choices of shiny tile finishes can add an extra glimmer and life to the kitchen. Porcelain back splash tiles, glazed and stainless brands are just a few with shiny finishes available. Before you make any decision, ask your supplier if they have taken home samples so you can have a better look at home to see if they would match with your other kitchen finishes.

Choosing A Colour That Matches The Other Colours In Your Kitchen

Always try to pick a back splash that matches the color of your kitchen cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets are white, choose tiles of a lighter color and if they are dark, choose tiles that are dark. If you choose a contrasting color, your kitchen will look too busy and confusing, losing its aesthetic value in the process. Choosing a matching color serves to link the tile back splash and the cabinets, giving them more prominence and hierarchy in the design.

Tiles Should  Sit Well In Terms of the Scale, Proportion and Dimensions of the Room

Large tiles in a small kitchen can distort the proportions in the room making it to appear smaller than it is. On the other hand, tiles that are too small will have no impact in a large kitchen. In addition, they are likely to make the roof to appear very busy. A good size for tiles is one that commands its space and acts in support with the other design elements to create a complete design.

Keep Away From the “Too Busy” Look

For a contemporary kitchen,  select a neutral tile design that acts as a back drop for smaller kitchen utensils and appliances such as coffee makers, kettles and so forth. A neutral design lasts longer as compared to a fancy design that will be quickly outdated as more designs are created and styles and tastes change. A neutral look can allow you to sell your house easily if you decide to list it in future.

If you’re looking to jazz up the look of  your kitchen, modern back splashes make a great design element that will make your kitchen the envy of your neighbours. If you master the criteria of selecting them, the design of your kitchen will be unprecedented and your kitchen will appear lively.

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