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Beautiful Massachusetts Backsplash Update


After moving into a new house and replacing the floors, Daria and Gabe decided it was finally time to tackle a new backsplash. While the kitchen was in great shape, the old backsplash with cornucopias and fruit basket inserts just weren't creating the vibe Daria was going for.
Cornucopias and Fruit Baskets
Cornucopias and Fruit Baskets
Daria says the backsplash renovation, while challenging, was a great way to spend time as a family. They learned a lot along the way while completing this "labor of love". While Daria and Gabe had never installed anything like a backsplash before, they were able to learn a lot from watching YouTube videos and getting much advice from South Cypress.
All Hands on Deck
All Hands on Deck
One thing Daria suggests when installing a backsplash is to make a test board with backsplash samples, thinset, and grout. Not only do you get to practice the install on a smaller scale, but also ensure that the final result is what you are going for.
Always Cover Outlets for Protection
Always Cover Outlets for Protection
One tricky issue Daria and Gabe came across was finishing the edges around the window. Being somewhat OCD, Daria says she had to find just the right pieces to fill in these gaps. This is one reason you want to wait until the project is done to throw out scrap pieces.
Never Discard Scrap Pieces
Never Discard Scrap Pieces
The final result is absolutely stunning. Daria chose this backsplash to help enhance the relationship between indoors and out around their home. She says, "We chose Anatolia's Fossil Rock Random Mosaic because the stone and slate pieces mirror not just the natural landscape, but also the stonework on the outside of the home. The glass pieces sparkle in the sunlight and tie into the existing black granite counters. The stainless steel bars tie into the home's modern aesthetic."
Anatolia Fossil Rock Random Mosaic
Anatolia Fossil Rock Random Mosaic
The completed backsplash ties in perfectly to
The completed backsplash ties in perfectly to
Daria learned some tips to share with those tackling their own backsplash projects:
- If you are using natural stone in your project be sure to use masking tape when you are grouting. It makes for an easier cleanup.
- Always use a wet saw. Its so much easier than trying to get a clean edge with tile clippers.
- Practice grouting on a test board.
- Be patient and have fun.
Sealers Choice Gold
Sealers Choice Gold
Always properly seal your backsplash to protect your investment. Without proper sealing, grout and natural stones will get stained and it will be difficult to clean.
Schluter Profiles
Schluter Profiles
Using Schluter Profiles is a great way to get a sharp finished look on the end of any tiling project.
Project Complete
Project Complete
Not only will the Mianos enjoy their new kitchen for many years to come, but they can take pride in knowing they learned a new skill and were able to complete the project as a family.
Finished Kitchen
Finished Kitchen
This "Labor of Love" turned out fantastic!
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  • Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz
    on Mar 28, 2019

    What do you mean use masking tape on natural stone? It it to use to cover stone to keep grout off the stone?

  • Birdie
    on Mar 29, 2019

    I also would like to know what is meant by "use masking tape" on natural stone for grouting. Did you cover each piece of the natural stone tiles when grouting? Do you have any photos to show the grouting process? Thanks for posting; your project turned out beautiful!

    • Mokie
      on Apr 4, 2019

      This is Monique-a fellower Diy’er. The tape is for any areas such as cabinets, moldings, etc... you do not want grout on. After mastic dries, you can mix your own grout or buy it done. You will completly cover all tile, then use a wet sponge and a bucket of water to rinse sponge off after wiping tile. You only want grout in spaces between tile. You may need to empty bucket of water a few times so you do not keep smearing grout on tile.

      I hope that helps. I prefer smooth grout, not one rougher one. It is easier to work with. Ask a store associate to help you. Happy tiling!

      Monique

  • Repairladi
    on Mar 30, 2019

    You didn’t explain about removing the old tiles and how hard was it to get the back ready for tiling how smooth did it have to be? And than did you use verse abound white base for the adhesive? But it look fantastic!

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  • Billi Young
    on Apr 6, 2019

    Incredible look! I love the tile choice, im a sucker for the natural look but the glass pcs give that extra that takes this over the top! Well done!

  • Wxw
    on Apr 15, 2019

    Lucky you!!! Absolutely beautiful.

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