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03-04-2007, 08:32 AM
D'Hanis tile near San Antonio makes a 3 x 8 terra cotta paver that we'd like to 'antique' or 'distress' and apply to a kitchen backsplash. We got the idea from a Beautiful Kitchens magazine; the credits indicated that the homeowners ordered their tile raw from Mexico, then stained & sealed it before applying it to the wall. I think the article said they glued the tile to the wall with adhesive. The D'Hanis paver is 1/2 inch thick so we may need to do something similar.

Any ideas or tips for distressing, sealing, and applying this in a backsplash?

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John Bridge
03-04-2007, 07:41 PM
Hi Peg and Kip, :)

Seal the tile with a penetrating sealer.

Stain the tiles with a woodworking stain such as MinWax or similar. Use an oil base stain. Do some experimenting.

Apply a top finish. A good one is made by Aquamix. It's an acrylic.

I would use thin set to glue the tiles to the backsplash. Grout with sanded grout. :)