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Sketch a layout onto the wall using the level and pencil.
Cut away the baseboard as needed for the columns, and install the 2 x 4 bracing. Cut drywall strips and attach them to cover the 2 x 4 bracing.
Attach the scrap drywall pieces horizontally on the vertical drywall to delineate the column from the base and to support the tiles.
Use a notched trowel to apply mastic to the drywall. Cut the tile to fit and apply it from the bottom up.
Apply mastic and arrange the tiles. Install metal decorative tiles by adding mastic to the back and pressing them in place.
Measure the sides so only the full pieces of tile are visible. Use the smaller pieces at the bottom.
Work up from the bottom, adding bullnose pieces on the side. Make the smaller pieces on the side align with the front edges.
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