It's amazing how something so small can make such a big difference in the kitchen! Not only visually, but also being waaaay easier to keep it clean!
This kind of project usually takes a weekend to be completed and depending on the materials you choose, it can be very cheap. The major thing to figure out, perhaps for me was, what kind of material to use? There are hundreds of choices: Ceramic, wood, stainless steel, granite, glass mosaic, marble, etc., not to mention colors or sizes!
So, I decided on marble because in general, it seems a rather traditional-style material, just the way I wanted. The price for this material was not the cheapest; remember it's good to splurge in areas this small that get tons of attention.
The materials I used:
- Marble Mosaics (enough to cover the area plus 15% extra in case of accidents).
- Mortar (White, prepared according to specifications).
- Grout float
- Wet tile saw
- Outlet Extenders
- Tape measure and level
- Rosin Paper
First, the walls were cleaned and sanded.
The countertop was covered.
A temporary piece of wood was attached to the wall behind the stove to hold the pieces of marble above this area, make sure is level.
The outlets were extended so at the end they stayed flush to the marble. (To work this you must turn off the electrical current)
For certain types of tiles it is important to center the design, usually above the stove. I didn’t have to worry about this.
The mortar was applied to the wall with the notched trowel at a 45 degree angle. I began laying the mosaics, pushing gently to set them in place. Using spacers in between each sheet.
I continued the installation, working around the electrical outlets until everything was covered.
|Mixing the mortar|
|for $70 I bought this wet tile saw|
it was one of the cheapest but it worked!
better than renting one!