Back-Splash Installation & Repairs
Ceramic, Mosiac, Glass
The best back-splashes combine beauty that complements your kitchen design with utility that protects your walls from stains. We provide a wealth of information here, so that you can make an informed decision about the back-splashes you select for your remodeled kitchen – a decision you’ll continue to be happy with in the years ahead.
In the design of a kitchen, seldom is enough thought given to the narrow strip of wall that runs between the counter and upper cabinets. This highly visible space -the backsplash - is usually just painted a neutral color and forgotten about. And that's too bad, because it doesn't take much more than a few boxes of glazed tile and a free weekend to bring this seemingly dead space to life.
In the kitchen shown here, we transformed this blank space into a beautiful ceramic-tile focal point - one that will take many more years of cooking spatters and soapy sscrubbingthan the painted drywall that was there before. The back-splash features a tiled mural, measuring 20 by 28 inches, behind the cook-top. It was created by combining 6-by-6-inch field tiles, 6-by-6-inch decorative tiles, and narrow listello border tiles glued directly to the drywall. Cementitious backer-board is a superior substrate for tile and should be your first choice for new work (and the only choice for bathrooms), but it's not necessary here. The tiles are adhered to the wall with tile mastic, which is a specially formulated, ready-to-use adhesive that doesn't require mixing. It's stronger than tile-setting mortar (known as “thinset”) at holding tile to a vertical surface. However, before troweling the mastic onto the wall it's very important to lightly hand-sand the painted surface with 80-grit sandpaper, without sanding away the paint. This often-overlooked step roughens the surface, greatly increasing the bond of the mastic to the wall.
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