How to tile a wall (the easy way)

If you've thought about adding a focal point to a room but weren't sure where to start, check out how easy it is to do a tile accent wall.
With so many fantastic options out there for materials, the sky is the limit. I suggest using mesh backed decorative tiles and Simple Mat's adhesive mats. These are basically mastic dots on a contact sheet. No more messy mastic or cement and no slipping down the wall. You just adhere the mats to the wall, add your tile, cutting as you go and then grout. Done!
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"How to" for a backsplash can be seen here at:
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Kitchen backsplash complete! I brought the tile all the way up for some added interest.
This is as messy as it gets!
Tile accent wall. I did this working around and up to the tv mount since the television hides the edge around the mount.

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  • Nanci Haskin
    on Feb 23, 2014

    Great tutorial! I have wanted to do my backsplash, but having never tiled before, was a little apprehensive. Thank you!

  • Cindy Nelson
    on Feb 23, 2015

    Hey Danielle. Love what you did to the kitchen backsplash. Still trying to decide on what to do to my kitchen 'redo'. I used to live in Middletown RI on Winthrop Drive, down the street from the high school in 1967...I was in 9th grade and was there only one year. My dad was Air Force and was attending the Naval War College. Always loved that place.

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