I find myself dreaming about having a mosaic tiled backsplash one day:)
Then I ran across this Lowe’s mosaic tile video. Short, sweet and easy to follow …
Did you know that if you measure the backsplash area and cut a piece of 1/2″ concrete backer board into workable sections, you can arrange unique mosaic tile designs, glue the pieces, grout and seal the entire project on a FLAT surface. Wouldn’t recommend a 9 foot section but 3 foot will work.
Then all you have to do is attach the finished pieces, to the backsplash area, using the holes that you’ve pre-drilled and kept free from grout.
Easier on your back plus you can remove it and take it with you, if you choose.
My friend Val, a cherished tile gypsy, was sharing her recent gluing frenzy with bowling balls. It immediately brought back fond memories of battling a 15 pound bowling ball while trying to glue things to it.
Truth be told … the hardest part of mosaic tiling a bowling ball is … finding the bowling ball.
Now that she’s got me going … anyone have an old bowling ball that they want to get rid of ? :)
Mosaic tiled bowling balls or … mosaic tiled gazing balls … are pretty easy to create by preparing the surface properly and using the right adhesive.
So how does this whole custom grout color thing work?
All I can say is this … be sure to make more than enough so that you don’t have to go back and try to replicate the color.
I’ve tried using various paints … acrylic and the like … to create a custom grout color but I wasn’t happy with the shiny bubble gum look after the grout dried so I turned to grout pigment and it works great. You can find a few sellers on Etsy that carry it.
Bright Blue Grout
Brown Grout Pigment
Grassy Green Grout Pigment
Plum Grout Pigment
Red Rose Grout Pigment
Sandstone Grout Pigment
Terr Cotta Grout Pigment
Yellow Grout Pigment
Grout pigments are highly concentrated and small amounts should be added incrementally until the desired color intensity is reached.
Important note! Make sure to mix all of the custom grout color needed to complete a project to ensure color matching. Sanded grout is suggested for gaps larger than 1/8 of an inch.
Grout Pigment Directions:
Use one teaspoon of dry colorant for every 8 ounces of grout. Sanded grout is preferred in most of my projects.
Dissolve pigment in water (or grout additive) before mixing with dry grout.
Start small and you’ll grow from there … believe me.
#1 Wheeled Glass Nippers have a set of disc shaped wheels on spring-loaded handles. They should be used to cut glass, mirror, glass tiles, and the like in a manner similar to tile nippers. Replacement wheels are sold separately.
#2Mosaic Tile Cutter are designed for cutting ceramic tiles, crockery and china. Better tile nippers have tungsten-carbide cutting edges and spring-loaded handles.