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Recessing tile into drywall? Tile experts?

Posted by tartanhabit (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 25, 12 at 19:36

Hi all

I'm still having the conundrum with how to finish the tile behind our vanity (we were considering a no paint option in another post).

The issue is that the porcelain tile I want to use does not come in bullnose nor have a finished trim piece so the top view of the tile would look unfinished.

My contractor said that a job he has done was with recessing tile so that it sits just level, flush with the drywall if you get my drift. I think he mentioned applying a thin level of drywall that butts right up next to the tile to make this happen. So it's all flush.

Sounds interesting to me but I have, in my limited experience, never heard of such a thing. Anyone know of this technique? Is it sound? Since we like a modern look it appeals to me for this little area of space behind the vanity.

Any info appreciated. Thanks.


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RE: Recessing tile into drywall? Tile experts?

The only thing that concerns me is how thin will the backing behind the tile be? Sheetrock or even cement board at 1/4" thickness will be way too flimsy. However, if he recesses and couple of cleats on the insides of the wall studs, and then uses 1/2" sheetrock, that would work.


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RE: Recessing tile into drywall? Tile experts?

DH recessed the split face tile behind (over) our vanity. It's not completely flush with the wall, but sticks out much less than it would have. I think he used thinner sheetrock or hardibacker where the tile was going, and regular thickness for the rest?

I can ask him when he comes home.


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RE: Recessing tile into drywall? Tile experts?

Thanks Bill. Hmm, I thought I did hear him mention 1/4 sheetrock - although I got the impression he was talking about doing that layer of sheetrock over another something else. Bill, I learned so much from you when I was on this site with bathroom/kitchen remodel years ago - lovely that you are still dispensing wisdom!

Cat mom, do you have pics on here somewhere? I frequented this site several years ago during another bathroom & kitchen remodel and if I remember rightly you have a stunning kitchen with vertical glass tiles ... Tell me if my memory is right. I don't recall if I've seen your bathroom.


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RE: Recessing tile into drywall? Tile experts?

Thank you re: our kitchen! We still love it so!

We do have pictures showing the hall bathroom backsplash, but I'm not sure if you can really see that the tile is recessed somewhat. Maybe. Take a look:

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

I think you can view the rest of the pics by clicking on one of the photos. You might be able to access the MB album/pics as well.


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That's a very interesting seamless look, thanks Catmom, I like it! Funny, in that first photo I thought that the towel rail was also somehow recessed as I wasn't quite sure what I was looking at then I realized that was a reflection (duh!)


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RE: Recessing tile into drywall? Tile experts?

It sounds to me like he means that the 1/4" drywall would layer over the layer of drywall or substrate that is attached to the studs and the tile would be layered over its substrate, so that the 1/4" tile and the 1/4" extra layer of drywall would be flush.


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RE: Recessing tile into drywall? Tile experts?

Palimpsest, that makes sense, thank you for helping me wrap my head around this!


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RE: Recessing tile into drywall? Tile experts?

LOL tartanhabit! I think recessing the towel bar into that wall might be beyond DH's impressive DIY abilities!


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RE: Recessing tile into drywall? Tile experts?

I furred out the wall to match the tile surface. If you're talking a large wall, this probably woundn't be a good option.

http://www.billbblog.com/Diy/34/Tile-Shower


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