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Draw an arch design on the drywall, and cut two copies of the design out using a utility knife.
Locate the wall studs, and use screws to attach the drywall arches onto the wall. Elevate the area for tile work. In this example, the two layers elevate the surface 1" from the underlying wall.
Use a wet saw to cut the chair rail and metal accent liners in half.
To set the arch design, begin by setting the bottom row of the chair rail. Apply mastic to the back of each tile and position them, pressing gently into place. After setting a few of the tiles, use a sponge to wipe away excess mastic.
Set the metal liners, starting in the middle to center the medallion, and then working out to the sides.
To complete the arch, add another row of chair rail at the top. Finish working down, and set the last of the porcelain stone and metal tiles.
Drop down, leaving a portion of exposed wall between the arch and the headboard and create an open look. This will also prevent the need for making angled cuts along the line.
To construct the headboard, begin with the same technique used to build up the mounting surface used for the arch and capitals. This will not only create depth, but will also allow for easy removal of the entire project with little damage to the surrounding wall.
To set the headboard, mark a center point. Next, place the first piece of quarter round on the center line and work towards the columns. Cut the final piece of the run to fit and set it into place.
Cut all the tiles to be used for the top, bottom and sides. Cut them in half from corner to corner to create a diagonal pattern.
Apply mastic to about half of the headboard using a 3/8" notched trowel. Set the first metal accent tile. Place four porcelain stone tiles together, and set a metal tile in the center. Trace around it and cut the tiles on wet saw.
Set the first four cut tiles into position and use 3/16" spacers to keep them evenly spaced. Set the first metal tile into place, and continue setting the tile across the headboard.
Nearing the first column, finish the end off by placing the last few tiles on the wall, and then adhere the remaining half-tiles along the top, bottom and sides. Work from the center of the headboard outward toward the opposing column.