a smooth transition from backsplash to cabinets
use a butt joint instead of using grout
Find a Starting Point and Cut the Tiles
In this project, we wanted a smooth transition from the concrete backsplash up to the maple cabinets with this beautiful porcelain (Image 1) backsplash.
For installing the porcelain backsplash, Ryan demonstrates a great technique where instead of using a tile joint to adjoin the tiles, you use a "butt joint" (Image 2 -- where the tiles are joined right together). By not using the grout, you'll save time and money.
Find the center of the wall to determine the starting point. Mark a line where you'll begin to place a tile on either side.
Cut the tiles with a wet saw, which can be rented for approximately $40 to $50 a day.