Finally--finished backsplash...and advice

sunsoleilSeptember 7, 2013

My backsplash was completed yesterday. It looks so much nicer in person. It was certainly not trouble-free along the way. At the beginning of the install, I noticed the thinset had a gray tone to it and had watched enough glass video installs to know it should have been whiter. I asked the installer if it was the correct thinset and he said he told his distributor he was doing a glass job and that is what they gave him. He deals with a very reputable distribution center. Knowing it should have been whiter, I checked out the bag and did not see the word "glass" on it. I called Mapei and they said it was the incorrect product. The installer stopped and called his distributor, and sure enough, he was told he was given the wrong bag. Fortunately, I think only about 8 sq. ft. had been installed.
My installer is one of the best and is often called to remove and repair other's mistakes. My advice is to check the thinset and grout (as we know from other's experiences here), regardless of the installer. The major companies like Mapei have a technical person that answers a phone right away and will know if it is the best product for the job. I once read that you should become the expert in your product since there are so many different types of materials, it may be new even to a seasoned and quality installer.

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heidihausfrau

Gorgeous! It really plays well with the light tones in your counter. I love glass tiles.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 5:49PM
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kksmama

Lovely! Congratulations, and thank you for the cautionary tale, I don't think I've heard this advice before!

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 6:25PM
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a2gemini

Beautiful! And welcome to the ABB alumni club!
Glad you were on top of things and saved a disaster!

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 7:36PM
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joaniepoanie

I love your BS...it all looks wonderful together!

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 10:59PM
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cat_mom

Nice! Looks very similar to ours (we had ours installed vertically).

I love it with your cabs and counters!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 12:43AM
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romy718

Really pretty in the photo and it must be stunning in person. Thanks for the advise. I was planning to research sealer. I'll study up on grout & thinset too.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 1:19AM
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deedles

That really looks nice. Love glass tile.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 4:23AM
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bethinnc

annalyn123, it looks terrific! Would you mind sharing the specific brand of glass tile? Does it have a grey or green undertone? I'm looking for something similar...

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 11:28PM
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sunsoleil

Thanks everyone for the compliments! I need to take some better photos. The tile is really beautiful in person.

Bethinnc, I got the tile from glasstilestore.com and it is the Tuscany Pattern Super White. The glass is white, but tints gray and or light blue/gray at times. I think it reflects off my counters. In the reviews, others have liked it because it was pure white. This is not the glass that has the green undertone to it (unless your counters were green.) Check them out. They ship free and I bought lots of samples and single sheets of tile while I was deciding.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 8:44AM
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mjocean

Just beautiful. I never would have guessed the tile is white. Well done.
MJ

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 10:54AM
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mjocean

Just beautiful. I never would have guessed the tile is white. Well done.
MJ

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 10:58AM
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lazy_gardens

I like the subtle striping of different tile sizes. It looks like a stretch of sedimentary rock I drive by frequently that has multiple layers all broken up into giant tiles.

It's not plain, but it's not trying to ZING, POP or WOW in my face.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 11:14AM
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Holly- Kay

It really looks great with your cabs and counter top!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 11:42AM
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amharris

Your counters and backsplash look perfect together! Congratulations!!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 12:02PM
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michellern1969

What color is your countertop? Very pretty.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 11:04PM
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sunsoleil

Michellern, the counter is blue pearl granite. I love it because it the mica sparkles in all different lights, but most of all because of its function. I never have to worry about using hot plates, staining, and it never needs sealing--it is very forgiving for my family:)

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 11:55PM
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