Backsplash Backsplash

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Backsplash tile artist Wes at work this week on a fine subway glass number in Temperance MI. In typical Mosaic Style, he has the cabinets counters and floors well protected.

Last week Wes completed this one in Maumee OH. Glass tile again. But this time with the smallest of glass mosaics. It’s pretty cool.

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If you want to upgrade your kitchen with a Mosaic Style backsplash, call now. We are booking up for the season. Schedule slots go fast.

Tile by Pro Source of Toledo on Dussel, ask for Dee when you go, and tell her Mosaic sent ya 😉

Tile Over Tub in Liberty Center

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Rene sent us this on from Liberty Center, OH where she and Ft Wayne Rick are putting up Tile over a Tub.

This is a 8″x20″ tile resembling Carrera Marble. Available at the Tile Shop. Nice stuff. Every thing is going up plumb flat and square. Nice job.

Orange stuff in background is Schluter Kerdi waterproofing. Providing a watertight mold free finish that’s easy to clean for years to come.

How to Choose Tile

We think it is important to know what to consider when you are choosing tiles for your home. This is from our experience on our many tile installer in Toledo, Indiana and Michigan.

Untitled-1-RecoveredCream and pastels can make a small room look larger, so choose from these colors for a guest bathroom or narrow hallway.

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Glass and porcelain tiles work well on kitchen and bathroom, where the walls that are exposed to wetness.

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Choose the colors that are opposite on the color wheel. Each finish is unique to that specific color.

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Create an accent wall – that can help you create a distinctive design in your kitchen or bathroom. Accent tiles can add a pop of color to your shower and help you open up your space by creating visual depth.

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In a bathroom or kitchen, backsplash tile and wall tile will become a central part of the decor. You can choose the tile color in the same way you would choose a piece of art.

We hope you find these ideas useful!

 

About Ema Crismariou – Ema is Social Media Consultant to Mosaic. She curates digital content in tile and design. Message her on Twitter @emmacrismariu.

Mosiac’s Mosaic Backsplash in Moline

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John just sent us these pics of our latest minted backsplash. Client was very detail oriented. Together we picked out the right grout. It’s not easy when there are so many colors in a random linear mosaic like this. He had a preference for the light colors to pop while keeping the busyness to a minmum. So we proposed this medium hue gray with subtle brown tone. Next he went for stainless steel cover plates. It looks awesome. Nice job Mr. Client.

Project required tile prep as previously posted here. So as to straighten things out prevent the long lines of the mosaics to appear all warpy and amateurish.

Tile by The Tile Shop. Grout by Laticrete from Main Street Tile Sylvania.

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Quick High End Make Over

When Crescent Hotels, and Goldman Sachs needed a quick turnaround on the lobby flooring at their Deefield, IL Marriott, they called on Mosaic. Centrally located within a class “A” professional office development, this Marriott is an extension of the Brand image to all the firms situated in the complex. Often this lobby is the first impression for the business travelers coming though, and/or it is the place to finish the day or close the deal. No one in this complex could do without the lobby for any time.

Goldman and Crescent were firm on their need for minimum downtime and maximum access while we did the work.

As you can see from the photo’s below, the old decor was dated worn and featured mostly carpeting. See as the carpet gives way to large format tile. The carpet covered many problems in the slab. We had to rectify the problems to get the flat look essential to an interlaced tile floor. Problems such as:

  • removing padding and stubborn adhesive.
  • floor grinding to open the pores of the concrete for a good bond.
  • more grinding to take down high spot in the slab.
  • lots of filling and thick setting tiles to cover the low spots In the slab.
  • All of which had to be done around the clock and with fast setting materials.
  • We had to rework some of the existing flooring to reconcile its out of flatness to our flatness.
  • Remove and replace old rotted base boards in the vestibule.

We brought a lot of hands and a lot of resources to the job, and it came out great.

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New Kitchen Floor in Dayton OH

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Robert sent us these of a kitchen he just finished in Dayton OH. Nice 12×24 porcelain with gray tones and veins. All laid in a herringbone pattern. This type of work is extra challenging. Robert loved it. We do too.

Really Cool Desk

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John sent us this one from Belleview. Information desk at the Library. It’s gonna be great. Tumbled travertine mosaic in brick joint.

Prepping the Wall for Glass Tile Back Splash

Flatness is essential to good tile work. When it comes to glass tile, flatness cannot be overstated. So how do you reconcile flat in a warped situation?

Prep.

Glass tile is shiny and reflective. Flat work will reflect like a mirror. Well sort of, but it does and you know it when you see it. Not flat looks like a disco ball. Cool at the club; not so for your kitchen.

Problem is: most kitchen walls are not flat. Framing is not flat. Drywall seams, corner beads and outlet boxes (lots of those) all conspire with the dry wall finisher to leave the tile guy with an unflat situation. What to do?

Prep.

Below are some photos of of some prep we did on a semi flat wall in preparation for glass tile tomorrow.

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Ditch the wire. Abandoned mud ring at cable box was too high. We pounded it back and scraped the mud down a bit.

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Here John keys the mud onto the wall in a particularly deep spot. Keying is troweling on with focus on pressing the mortar into the wall. Best practice for bonding preps to wall.

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Laoding up the darby with mud. Mud in this case is modified glass tile mortar. Pros know most any mud will do. Latex modified sticks to painted wall better.

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A darby is a metal straight edge. Could be wood. Good tile guys have these in many lengths.

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Floating the darby up

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Floating darby down

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Now with a sharper angle and more pressure, John strikes it flat.

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That is tile flat. Not good for paint, but the tile will lay on it properly after a little scraping tomorrow when it is cured.

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Flat over the abandoned outlet. Here we removed the device so it would not conflict with the darby.

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This job has three areas prepped flat. Mostly due to the way drywall mud builds up in the corner. And one high mud ring at an abandoned cable box.

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Here we left this high ridge, and a gap at the bottom. This so we could show you its still tile flat. After scraping tomorrow, The notch trowel will ride the flat preps right where we want the tile to land. And that is what matters.