Builder Grade Backsplash

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Any one that has had a house built from the ground up is an experience that you can’t explain. But once the house is finished and you move in the sense of relief comes. Also, this means you can personalize your home the way you want your personal taste to come out. Let’s get personal!!

Builder Grade Back Splash
1.       Removing a section of the back splash that the builder installed is the first thing that we need to do. I will point out this is the first time that I took on a personal change in my friend’s new house. Get a chisel and hammer to remove tiles at the grout line. It’s really overwhelming but at the same time exciting. Pick a grout line and start hammering. Once the grout line is taken out; place the chisel behind a tile and start prying and pulling the tile towards you. 
2. Removing all the tile in the area just above the cook top to now replace all the sheet rock first. This is the surface that will hold the new tile. After realizing that the tile will not have any foot traffic on it; we just replaced the area with sheet rock instead of cement broad is fine.
3. We are using mosaic tile within a picture frame type assembly.
4. After putting mortar on the wall we hung the mosaic tile and apply the border last. 
Adding the tile with Border
5. After putting mortar on the wall we hung the mosaic tile and apply the border last. 
Cleaning out mortar between tiles
6. Once the mortar sets we cleaned out some of the mortar that came through while the tile and mortar set. This will give you a more uniform look. I included the homeowners because knowledge is power. And they were very excited to go through the steps.
7. Before grouting remove all the spacers first. The last step was to grout and then stand back and look at your work.
Finished Product
This is the finished product and the homeowner was very pleased. We are looking into re-tiling the butler's pantry. We might be able to have another HOMETALKER!!
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  • Linda
    on Feb 8, 2018

    Wow! With your ability...any way I could borrow you for a month? You did beautiful work!
    • Taylor.kimberly001
      on Feb 8, 2018

      Greetings!! I thank you for your very much for your kind words. If i could travel it would be an option. Have a good D.I.Ying day.
  • Gilmer Gal
    on Feb 8, 2018

    Where did you get that beautiful tile???
    • Gilmer Gal
      on Feb 9, 2018

      Thanks! Found one in Plano, Texas! My brother lives there. Guess I need to schedule a visit ;)
  • Sharon Porter
    on Apr 5, 2018

    This is beautiful. How long have you had it done? How easy is it to maintain?

    • Taylor.kimberly001
      on Apr 5, 2018

      Thank you and we completed the project in January of this year. It has not been a problem keeping the tile clean. After cooking it's wiped down and go to go. Again, thank you for your interest. Have a good D.I.Ying day! !

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  • Taylor.kimberly001
    on Feb 21, 2018

    Greetings! Actually, because the tile has a glaze on it; clean up is a quick and easy process. Thank you fir commenting on our project. Have a good D.I.Ying day!!

  • Debra
    on Mar 3, 2018


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