Make a Splash: Natural Tiles in a Random Pattern Make a Fresh Focal Point in the Kitchen

This project uses natural tiles, which do not need spacing like ceramic tiles. It is also done with two shades of the same color tile with a random design, so there is no need to lay out tiles to check design. If you choose to use other tiles, you can buy spacers to assist you in the spacing.
 
 
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
Tile (amount varies based on your square footage of your backsplash)
Notched Wall Towel
Acrylic Pro Ceramic Tile Adhesive
Polyblend Non-Sanded Grout
Large Sponge
Bucket of Water
Tile Saw (rent from Home Depot or other home improvement store) 
 
STEP ONE  Tile your backsplash from the bottom up. If countertops are not level, you will need to make some cuts, for which you can find more direction at my personal blog yellowdaisydesign.blogspot.com.
 
STEP TWO  Use your trowel to spread tile adhesive along the bottom of the wall where your first row will go. Using the teeth side will create texture that will allow your tiles to adhere best.
 
STEP THREE  Starting at the edge of your backsplash, press your first tile to the adhesive, keeping it even with the edge of your wall and level with the countertop. Always put the cut side of the tile down toward the countertops. When you get to the corner, you will probably need to make a cut to make your tile smaller.
 
STEP FOUR  Now it’s time for the tile saw. Hook the water hose up and plug it in. (This is an outdoor activity.) You only need to turn the water on slightly to keep a steady stream running over the blade. With the blade off, line up cut mark on your tile even with the blade by sliding the tray up to the blade. Move the tray back and turn the blade on. Keeping fingers on the edge of the tile, slide the tray to the blade until your tile has been completely cut and then pull tray back to you and turn blade off. Always wear safety glasses while working the saw.
 
STEP FIVE  Press cut tile firmly to the adhesive.
 
STEP SIX  Repeat steps 2 through 5 with the other wall, starting at the outside edge and working towards the corner.
 
STEP SEVEN  Once first row is complete, start the second row by spreading adhesive over the wall again. For the second row, start working from the corners, with whole tiles, and work out toward the edges, where you will need to cut the last tiles. Place cut side facing away from the other tiles. (You always want factory edges next to one another.)
 
STEP EIGHT  Repeat for next couple of rows.
 
STEP NINE  When you get to the top row you, will probably need to make cuts again because the space will be narrower than your tiles. Once all cuts are made, spread adhesive and apply tiles with cut side facing cabinets. (Hint: If spot is too small to get trowel on the wall, use trowel to put adhesive on the back of the tile and then place on wall.)
 
STEP TEN  Allow 24 hours to dry.
 
STEP ELEVEN  Mix grout according to directions on box. Using a sponge, wipe grout onto the tiles, making sure to get into all the cracks.
 
STEP TWELVE  When you have grouted tiles, rinse sponge and wipe tiles with wet sponge, dipping cleaning sponge in bucket often and squeezing out excess water before wiping. Continue until tiles are clean and grout remains only in grooves.
 
STEP THIRTEEN  Allow 30 minutes to dry, then wipe again with clean sponge. Repeat every 30 minutes until there is no longer a filmy appearance to the backsplash.
 
STEP FOURTEEN  You now have a beautiful updated backsplash.

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The more innovative you become the better look you could expect. When you buy your new home, you should do the interiors yourself. Take inspiration from your own mind. You could keep it simply go for a colorful effect or adopt a simplistic style. It is after all your own home, only your choice should matter here.

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I am having an interior design company and I've recently returned from a business trip where I met one of the most famous interior designers in the world. He showed me a part of his creations and they are amazing.

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Thank you for providing this great and useful post! I've just renovated my house and changed the interior design as I wanted to give it a modern look. I still have to paint the kitchen walls and to contact the Turner Pest company in order to help me get rid of some awful mosquitos that invaded my house.

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I never thought that renovating your house can be so interesting. I've just started to do it and I already painted the walls, changed the floors and replaced some windows. I asked a friend who works to a Flat Roofing company to help me repair the roof. The kitchen is my favourite place as I like cooking and this is why I want to make it look great. I've already bought some natural tiles and I put only a few but I will continue my work today.

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This is an interesting post! A few weeks ago I started to renovate my house and to build a small kitchen in the backyard for the sunny summer days when I invite my friends to grill parties. I've bought a plastic injection molding machine and many other products that helps me for renovation.

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Kitchen is my favorite place in the house as I like to cook special recipes for my family. We've recently moved in an old house and we want to renovate the kitchen as there are some broken bricks. I've already contacted a Plano foundation repair company in order to help us with our renovation project and I still have to buy some home repair products and furniture.

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My brother is an architect and he built his own house. It looks great and it has a modern and fancy interior design. What I mostly like is that he used geophysical instruments in order to create the interior design. The kitchen is big and has a beautiful wood sink.

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I used to live together with my parents until a few months ago when my fiance proposed me to move together. He bought a beautiful house from the Harcourts NV real estate company and we moved together. We still have to do some changes as I want to make our kitchen larger and to put some modern tiles.

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My husband and I decided to build a house in order to move there together with our kids. We've bought some materials from alufabusa and we already finished the house building. Now we've started to work to the interior design and we bought ceramic tiles for kitchen.

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My house's interior design was created by James Holder who is like a guru in this field. He created a fancy and modern interior design. For the kitchen he chose a mix of natural tiles of different colors and around the double sink he put ceramic tiles. My kitchen looks great!

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My sister has always dreamed to have a vacation house somewhere near a forest. She saved money in order to buy her dream house and recently she found it on the Huff Realty website. She negotiated a good price and she bought the house. She already started to renovate it and she tries to create a rustic interior design.

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I've just bought a house and I want to transform it in a nice place where to relax together with my friends on weekends. I am also trying to make it eco friendly and I used recycled wood in order to make the kitchen's furniture. Moreover I built a swimming pool in the backyard and I bought some hydraulic hammer tools in order to pump water from the closest lake.

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I am working as an architect and I've recently built the house of my dreams. It cost me a fortune as I used advanced technology systems in order to create a comfortable and economic house. I bought air filter cabinets and solar panels in order to save energy.

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