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Choose a tile pattern by laying the tiles in a couple designs (Image 1). Margaret chooses a diagonal pattern with an inlay and a border.
Backsplash Installation Tips:
- Wipe excess thinset off tile after it has been applied to avoid staining any light-colored tile.
- Natural stone tiles will sometimes be slightly different sizes and uneven, but they will have a uniform appearance after they are grouted.
Safety Alert: Wear safety glasses while operating a wet tile saw.
Using a wet tile saw, cut the tiles in half to make a border for the bottom edge (Image 1). Mix thinset to a peanut butter consistency.
Starting in a corner, back butter the tile with thinset (Image 1). Use a notched trowel, keeping the trowel at a 45-degree angle from the tile. Set the tile against the wall and wiggle it a little to create suction (Image 2).
For consistent grout lines insert spacers between tiles. Finish the bottom border (Image 3) and start with the diagonal, using diagonally-cut half tiles (Image 4), back buttering them, setting and then wiggling them against the wall.