Several months ago, I created a back splash in my bathroom using gems from the Dollar Store. After a lot of people requested that I continue the mosaic on the rest of the wall. While I didn't want the entire wall covered with the gems, this is what I did.
Dollar Store Gem Back Splash - Part 2
This is the bathroom after creating the back splash. This original project took three bags of Dollar Store gems.
For this project, I purchased 35 bags of gems.
There were really dusty, so I removed them from the bags, placed them in a colander and washed them with a mild soap and water.
After their washing, I dried them on a towel.
Using a level (which I bought at the Dollar Store) I made a line slightly above the back splash.
I then measured to that line from the floor and marked the wall. I continued that line across the entire wall.
Another comment from the original post was that people wondered why I didn't create some type of design on the wall. This time, I hand-drew seaweed shapes in various sizes.
Using mastic (which is a tile adhesive), I began the by filling small sections of the the seaweed shapes.
And then applied the green gems. I purchased two different sizes of green to give the "seaweed" a different look then the rest of the wall.
Once the seaweed was complete, I applied mastic to the rest of the wall, working in small sections.
When I reached the point where I had to join the previous back splash with the new mosaic, I simply butted the mastic up to the previous and added gems.
While the mastic was drying, I measured and cut a piece of chair rail moulding.
I used the line I had drawn on the wall as a guide. I nailed the molding onto the wall using a brad nailer.
Once the chair rail was in place, I added a more gems to fill in the gaps. Instead of putting the mastic onto the wall, I applied it onto the back of each gem and put them onto the wall.
Once the mastic was completely dry, I applied the grout and wiped the excess off with a sponge and plain water.
Once the grout dried, the "seaweed" really popped!
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Lori Ward-Laatsch on Aug 02, 2021
I saw another post that they used those gems and I was not impressed at all, it looked unfinished but you did a fantastic job I love it and now that I see one that looks finish I might have to consider this for my bathroom that I can't decide how to make it look good, cool, ? I don't know it is so boring luckily no one else sees it.