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Posted by Terry in Hayfork, CA on 1/14/2011

Well, after two years, we finally found a backsplash tile that we liked and didn't clash with any of the existing materials. This was another quick project that took us only two days. Granted, the second day was a very long day. We used a 4 mm mosaic glass tile. The tile is pretty easy to work with, but be careful when cutting, as tiny chips of glass tend to fly off. I had to rinse my hands after every cutting session just to get the glass chips off. Luckily, I only nicked myself once. Even using a wet saw, the tile tends to chip, making a rough edge. Going slow helps, but isn't the perfect solution. Luckily the rough edge is very small and is almost always covered by a wall plate.

A word of warning... your wall must be very flat, or the imperfections of a wavy wall will telegraph through in the little 3/4" sq. tile, making it look as if you set it using varying mortar thicknesses. Larger tiles are more forgiving when trying to hide a bad wall. Luckily, my walls were very flat.

The mosaic tile is “Brown Mix Mosaic Glass Tile, 4mm” and comes in a 12” x 12” sheet. Locally it sells for $19.99 s.f. for individual sheets and $11.99 s.f. per box (a box holds 20 s.f.). We found the same tile on the Internet from a company in Florida called Floor & Décor Outlets, for $4.49 s.f. Our initial order arrived promptly, but we found it to be the wrong color. That set me back two weeks, as we only go up to that house every other weekend. They sent replacements out right away, after a few emails and phone calls to the company. The major thing that I noticed with the tile is that probably 30% of it had some sort of flaw in how it was glues to the backing sheet, meaning that there were tiles that were glued slightly crooked to the sheet, usually at one end or one corner. I believe that this tile is all “seconds”, but I can’t say for sure. Luckily I was able to cut out the bad sections and use the good. Some of what was cut out could be used for smaller sections, but you really had to pay attention to the sheets, examining them closely before choosing to use them.

The solid granite countertop is called “Mascarello” and is from Brazil. It was the first granite that really caught our eye. When we went to the big granite warehouse to choose our granite it was the first one we saw and was so different that we just had to have it. There were (13) granite slabs and (9) of them had already been reserved, leaving us (4) to choose from. We needed (3) slabs to do everything we had planned in the kitchen and also the wet bar, but when we looked at all the slabs (2) of them were from one area and the other (2) slabs were from another area, so the colors were quite different. We had to make a quick decision to only use the solid granite in the kitchen and I ended up building my own countertop for the wet bar from Ipe wood (a member of the Ironwood family).


Day One Before...
Lori helping with the outlets and switches.
Here I go setting the first tiles.
This was the end of day one.
Day Two Almost there...
Tile is up, just needs to dry/cure before we can grout.
It's getting late...
Time to buff the tile with cheese cloth.
What a difference!
Not bad for two days of work.
We finished up at 11:01pm on day two.

Posted by Tim in North Pole, AK on 1/15/2011

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