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backsplash-o-rama

September 1st, 2013 at 08:56 pm

I still have to do my kitchen backsplash, but I helped lawyer friend and partner lay in their kitchen backsplash. We tiled two of them - they put in a basement unit with its own kitchen to rent out.

Both turned out well - my mosaic experiences directly translated - and I got free experience in set-up, the tile wet saw (don't know how running that will fly amongst my neighbors in the condo), doing corners, handling light sockets, using spacers, figuring out how to compensate for putting a design on a wall. It was funny how the three of us had different luck in the materials - most of it was subway tile with a glass tile band & I definitely had "glass tile" hands.

It was fun, but tiring. Now that I've got my own plan, know what color grout to use, and got fresh experience to draw, its time to do my own.

7 Responses to “backsplash-o-rama”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    That experience had to be wonderful for you as you tackle your own. Be sure to post photos of your completed backsplash so we can celebrate your success.

  2. scfr Says:

    Oh yes - I can see how your mosaic experience would be really helpful. If your shoulders are sore (and I'll bet they are) those little Salon Pas patches work great.

  3. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    It's always great to get experience from someone else!

  4. Wino Says:

    Since I don't do tile professionally, I purchased a diamond wet saw for my tile projects. It is much smaller than a "professional" saw, and makes about 1/10th the noise.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Can't wait to see it when it is finished.

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    I am so excited to see it when you are done. Big Grin

  7. baselle Says:

    Wino - I think the diamond wet saw is what lawyer friend had. It has a footprint about the size of a coffee table book, it has a wet tray, and the circular blade is sticks up through a groove a bit like a router. The idea is you use it outside on a flat surface so its even and stable and the water and tile powder can fly. Turn it on and the circular saw spins and keeps itself wet and cool. Lawyer friend was brave; he also used it slowly and carefully cutting individual glass tile tessarae. It was not quiet, but most of the noise came when saw hit tile.

    I've been thinking about using the tile saw in step in shower, making sure I carefully tape off the drain, and always closing the shower door behind me. I don't use that bathroom often. Its either that or using it in the garage in my parking space.

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