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Create a Gorgeous DIY Glass Mosaic Tile Blacksplash

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The glass mosaic tile backsplash trend isn't going anywhere, and it's time for you to hop on and create a gorgeous space. Here's your step-by-step guide.

Did you know that there is one simple thing you can do to totally transform your kitchen? And that's to create a glass mosaic tile backsplash. Seriously, it's fun, it's creative and it's a DIY project that you can do over a weekend. And when you see the results, you'll be thrilled. Not everyone has the budget for a full kitchen makeover, but there are quick cheap fixes to turn your ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.

Amazing Backsplash Ideas

Practically speaking, your backsplash is there to protect your wall from food splatters, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring! A wide variety of materials can be used for a backsplash, including tile, wood, metal, marble and glass. One really cool idea is to wallpaper the space, and then place a sheet of clear glass over the top. Whether you choose wallpaper that is colourful and funky, or traditional, the effect is amazing and it's easy to keep clean. A semi-industrial look that's getting a lot of attention at the moment is white brick-effect tiles. Teamed up with white, grey, or black cabinets, stainless steel appliances and industrial lighting, this is a look that could grace any glossy magazine.

Metal And Glass

Metallic-look tiles are very in, too, especially in hues like gunmetal grey. Or go the whole hog with the real thing. A pressed metal backsplash works on some old design principles, but offers a truly modern look. Or how about creating the illusion of more space in a small kitchen, by using mirrored tiles? These can range from plain mirrors to mirror brick tiles and antique glass. Simply stunning. Another very unique solution is to add a glass mosaic tile backsplash. This can be done in a couple of ways depending how good you are at DIY. A simple solution is to choose from the amazing array of glass tiles available. These range from block colour - such as royal blue or water green - to abstract designs in colour or monochrome.

Step By Step Guide

  1. The first thing to do is to choose and buy your tile - and to that, you have to measure the height and width of your backsplash space.
  2. To work out the square footage, multiply the width by the height, and add 10% to cover miscalculations and mistakes.
  3. The next step is to clear the space, by removing any wall fixtures. If electrical wires or sockets are involved, it's advisable to call in a qualified electrician. At the very least, remember to turn off the power before touching anything.
  4. Next clean the wall, and fill any holes or cracks with drywall.
  5. Mark out your design on the wall using a pencil. For example, you may be planning a mix of plain and mosaic tiles, and it's important to be accurate.
  6. A smart idea is to fix a temporary timber ledge to the wall, to help support the tiles until the tile adhesive fully dries.
  7. Finally, protect your bench top with sheets of cardboard and tape.

Applying Your Glass Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Now comes the fun, creative part! It's time to start placing your sheets of glass mosaic tile. Now, if you were creating a glass mosaic tile backsplash from scratch, you'd be here all month! Imagine having to stick individual pieces of tile and glass over a space that big! Luckily for you, the modern glass mosaic tile backsplash comes in sheets. It's a bit like placing a large tile, except it's flexible. The principle is the same. Apply tile adhesive to the wall, one section at a time. Then place your mosaic sheet, smoothing it down to ensure there are no unsightly bumps and lumps. Ensure each sheet is straight, and perfectly aligned with its neighbour. And continue until you fill the space, using scissors or a Stanley knife to cut the sheet to fit.

Time to Grout

You need to grout your tile within 24 hours of laying it. Simply apply the grout evenly with the tool provided, working at a 45-degree angle. Leave for a couple of minutes and then use a grout sponge to smooth and finish. Wait a few hours before cleaning down your new glass mosaic tile backsplash and it's ready for use. Glass mosaic tiles are such a great choice for a backsplash as they don't only look great, but they are durable, too.

Traditional Idea, Modern Design

There's nothing new about using mosaics on our walls, of course. We've been doing it almost since building began. Some of the most intricate and spectacular can be found in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Here you will discover brick, chevron, geometric and herringbone designs, that were well ahead of their time. The amazing mix of colours and designs are sure to inspire you, and you'll be wondering why you didn't add a glass mosaic tile backsplash sooner. But why stop there? That little bit of weekend DIY will have now transformed your kitchen, and there are other cost-effective ideas to add on.

Shop Wisely For Best Deals

How about updating your tapware, or the handles and knobs on your cupboards? It's really on-trend at the moment to mix old and new, so just do what you can afford. With that in mind, do your research before you buy. Prices can vary enormously. Shop wisely and you will get a million dollar look for an amazingly low price. Take those glass tiles, for example. Buy imported Italian glass tiles and you'll be paying hundreds of dollars. But it's possible to get nearly the same effect with mosaic tiles costs from $33 a sheet.

Boost the Resale Value

The really good news is that adding a glass mosaic tile backsplash boosts the resale value of your home. In fact, it can be the deal-maker! So for a spend of around $500, you could be clinching a sale worth hundreds of thousands. Experts agree that renovating kitchens and bathrooms add the most value to your home. They also suggest you spend no more than 2% of the value of the property. But if that means a total makeover is impossible, you now know some little renovation tricks that will give you plenty of bang for your buck.