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4 Tips for Installing Mosaic Tile Yourself

4 Tips for Installing a Mosaic Tile Backsplash Yourself.

Hello everyone,

This is Ruth with Ourhometips and today I’m going to talk with you about tiling. Seems everybody is getting mosaic tile these days especially mosaics that include glass tiles. People are using them in backsplashes, walls, showers, accent tiles and more with good reason. They look great, come in lots of different colors, textures and patterns. They have patterns for just about any budget too. Dollar for dollar it is a dramatic improvement for relatively small cost and inconvenience. You can lay the tile one day and grout it the next. Installing mosaic tile a great way to update a kitchen or bathroom.

Mosaic Tile over stove from Ourhometips
Mosaic Tile over stove from Ourhometips

1. Pick a tile that you can cut. I use a wet saw when cutting tiles. A lot of the mosaic tiles now have some metal pieces in them while you can cut those the edges they do not look as nice as the cut tile edges do. If it is in your budget you can buy edge trim pieces that would hide all the cut edges. The photo below shows an edge strip on the right side. Edge strips can cost anywhere from about 10 US dollars for basic plastic ones to 30 US dollars for brushed aluminium ones. They come in long lengths I believe 10 ft and can be cut to fit the edge you are looking to hide. Otherwise just avoid mosasic tile patterns with hollow metal pieces in them. I use a diamond edge blade in my wet saw they are around 40 US dollars per blade. When I have cut mosaics with metal tile it seems to dull the blade a whole lot faster.

Mosaic Tile above kitchen counter from Ourhometips
Mosaic Tile above kitchen counter from Ourhometips

2. Many mosaic tile patterns are either all glass tiles or a combination of glass, metal, ceramic or stone. Be very careful not to make your coat of tile adhesive to thick. If you do you will see through any glass tiles on the edges where the adhesive crept up the sides when you place them. If you notice that the adhesive was too thick right away you can pull it off wash it down and try again with a thinner amount of tile adhesive. If you notice it a bit later but its not completely set up you can use a toothpick to slide down the edge of what will be the grout line to scoop out some of the excess. Finding the right amount of tile adhesive to put on can be a little tricky but don’t coat the wall to thinly either as you do want enough adhesive for the tiles to stay up. 3. Make very sure you wear safety glasses and a good thicker gloves when cutting mosaic tiles or any tiles for that matter. Tiny shards of glass, metal, stone or porcelain are very sharp and you do not want to have any accidents. Nitrile gloves are great for working with the grout but offer almost no protection when cutting the tiles. 4. Keep a wet rag nearby at all times. As careful as you may be to not get any tile adhesive or grout on the counter tops or cabinetry it is almost inevitable that you will. I have always been able to wipe it off right away because I always keep a wet rag near me. So there are 4 tips for installing a mosaic tile backsplash and here are some more pictures of a few tile installations I have done.

glass tile above counter in bathroom by Ourhometips
glass tile above counter in bathroom by Ourhometips
Mosaic Tile over stove from Ourhometips
Mosaic Tile over stove from Ourhometips

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Flower Garden Basics

   It’s officially spring and you know this because the flowers are blooming. If they are blooming in everyone’s yard except yours, and you are thinking I want flowers too. Here are some things you should know.

First off, Flowers come in 2 forms annuals and perennials.

Annuals: You buy them and plant them and in the fall they die. One season use. They are usually very pretty and come in lots of buy me now colors. I do plant annuals in flower pots by the entry however I do not spend a lot of money planting a full front garden of them. Some very popular annuals are petunias the wave variety is nice plant 3 or 4 early spring by June your planter is overflowing with blooms. Geraniums are also a very popular they have long green stems with bright red blooms. Pansies grow in bright colors they do well in part sun shady areas. There are many more varieties to choose from at your local nursery or garden section of your home improvement store.

Perennials: You buy them and plant them and they come back year after year. YAY! Many will spread, meaning that you plant a 4 of 5 this year and next year you may have 8 or 9. Popular ones are tulips, daffodils, paperwhites, hyacinths, day lilies, blue bells, salvia, roses, azaleas just to name a few. Many are bulbs, and can be split in a couple years to plant more somewhere else in your garden. There are so many beautiful perennials to choose from. Most of my flowers care perennials.

Where to get your flowers: For annuals they are sold just about anywhere. I’ve seen annuals being sold at local nurseries, in front of the grocery store, home improvement, and almost all super chain department stores. Local nurseries tend to water there flowers better and are usually not root locked. For perennials I prefer to purchase via a catalog as most of mine are bulbs and ship just fine. I have even ordered live plants such as a Meyer lemon tree that shipped fine. The catalogs give you more information about what zones you can grow the flowers in also they usually have better prices and special deals. Often they will throw in some free bulbs usually something they have overstocked on. I like flowers and I like free flowers even better. I will try to find some links for some of my favorite flower catalogs to add below. Another option you may consider if you know someone who has a beautiful bulb garden, compliment them and ask if they have any extra bulbs to give you. I myself have given many bulbs to friends and family. Some perennials can be grown from cuttings from a friends plant. You usually need to buy rooting powder and they take a while to establish but if you are patient that could be a free from a friend option as well.

Tools needed: Garden Gloves, a hand trough, a hand rake, a large rake, to get all the leaves and debris away from the area you want to plant, a bulb planter optional if planting bulbs, A good hose nozzle or wand type nozzle with varying spray options, a kneeling pad.

Time commitment: Depends on what you plant roses need to be fed staked and pruned they take a bit of time. Most bulbs I plant I water sometimes when needed, not a big time commitment. It’s something to consider when making your selections.

What kind of flowers do I have?:

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Well what is in bloom right now I have pictured above Daffodils, petunias and hyacinths. I hope this information will help you select the right flowers to beautify your home. Its so nice to be able to go outside and gather fresh cut flowers for my table. I know you will enjoy it too. Good Luck and happy gardening.

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