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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Travertine Backsplash #3

I started installing the backsplash tile this morning. The eight hours of cutting this weekend is finally starting to pay off...

Here are a few of tips I use for setting the tile:
  • Put the tile on a board so it does not scratch the counter
  • In tight spaces I prefer to put the morter / adhesive on the tile, rather than on the wall. It is a lot cleaner.
These tiles are 1/2 thick with up to 1/8 variation, so I am using a 1/4 x 1/4 notched trowel. I set up the layout so that the outlet would end up even, and I would not have really small pieces along the windows.

Here is a picture of most of the wall laid up. I still need to cut a number of thin strips to go under the window sill.

Note that the outlet is stick out a bit farther than the tile. I discovered boxes that have adjustable depth, which work really well in this case. Here is end of the kitchen shot:

This is where I left off to go watch the Beavers - my alma-mater - hopefully win the college baseball world series. Go Beavs!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent Job! Thanks for sharing - your backsplash was just what I needed to see before beginning on one this weekend. I've done a lot of tile work before, but am using travertine this time and needed some inspiration. Your kitchen looks fabulous!