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Glass Mosaic Shower

Tile with style, thanks to these easy-hang tile sheets.

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Step 1: Mix the Thinset

Use drill with a mixing bit to mix white thinset tile adhesive until it has the same consistency as toothpaste.

Safety Alert: Always wear safety glasses and a dust mask when mising tile adhesive, grout or any other powdered masonry compound.

Step 2: Apply the Thinset

Spread thinset on the wall using a 3/16" V-notched trowel. Apply the thinset to the wall and spread it evenly, using the notched edge to get the correct depth and create ridges in the tile. Before laying the tile, however, go over the thinset with the flat edge of the trowel. This will knock down the peaks in the thinset so they don't show through the glass. However, the air pockets created by the ridges will help the tile adhere better.

Step 3: Lay the Tiles

Lay a sheet of glass mosaic tiles in the thinset. Press over the sheet with a wooden block and tap the block lightly with a hammer to makes sure all the tiles are evenly adhered.

Continue laying tile. When less than a full sheet is needed, trim away the excess with a utility knife.

Before the thinset is completely dry, wet down the backs of the tile sheets with warm water and a sponge. Let it stand for a few minutes, then peel the paper off to expose the tile.

Step 4: Check for Missing Tiles

When all the tile is up, carefully check for missing tiles. Back-butter individual tiles and press into place to fill gaps. Matt and Michelle also used sets of four small tiles as an accent in the marble-tiled floor.

Let the thinset cure completely according to the instructions, then grout with a grout compound suitable for glass tile.