Decorative tile BETWEEN granite countertop and granite backsplash

verb0979November 24, 2013

In our Master Bathroom, we have 2 vanities and a Roman tub that will all be topped with granite. I'd like to put a 3 or 4 inch decorative tile liner, then a granite backsplash above that. Has anyone ever done this? Any ideas on how to do this?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I would mount the tile to cement board to bring it flush with the thickness of the granite. Be sure to caulk, not grout, between the top and bottom of the tile and the granite.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 4:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

On second thought, it may be easier to install the granite backsplash and tile over it, especially if you have any finished ends.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 4:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes, that would be easier, but I would really like the look of the liner between the granite pieces. The finished ends will only be on the vanities, and I can disguise those with grout or matching caulk. There are no exposed edges at the tub... it is in a niche that butts up against each of the vanities.

So, in your first scenario, why do you say to use caulk and not grout between the top and bottom of the tile and the granite?

I was thinking of this order:
1) put up cement board
2) set the decorative tile (being careful about making sure it is the correct depth for the backsplash)
3) let the thinset dry completely
4) glue on the backsplash
5) let the glue dry completely
6) grout the decorative tile (????)
7) caulk the top of the granite backsplash

What do you think?

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 5:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


Always use caulk when dissimilar materials meet. Different materials expand and contract at different rates. When this happens to grout, it cracks. And not a nice big crack that you could push more grout into, it's a hairline that looks terrible. Silicone caulk expands and contracts; no cracking.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 9:25AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Okay, so when I grout the decorative tiles, leave the bottom and top as empty as possible, then caulk? Or, caulk first then grout (I'm afraid the grout might not adhere to the area that is caulked)? Or just use sanded caulk for the whole decorative tile "grouting"?

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 12:26PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Shower drain installed off-center in subfloor - how to fix? Urgent...
Well back to the (new & improved?) Gardenweb. I...
Very Cool - New Porcelanosa Luxury Vinyl Tiles
I would love this for my walls too! And the website...
Need help with bathroom finishes!
Hey everyone! I have a minor dilemma about my master...
Side of tile is bright orange - should I use something else?
Howdy. My master bathroom remodel is underway. My contractor...
Seeking Skirted Toilet with Good "Water Spot"
I am replacing an old toilet that was one of the early-generation...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™