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Unread 12-05-2019, 03:41 PM   #1
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Kitchen Backsplash -how to deal with large gap

New to this website! I am sort of handy, but by no means a pro. I'm trying to install a back splash in our kitchen. There is 13.5" space from bottom of cabinet to counter (see pic). Most tile is on 12x12 mesh backing. I'd like install this tile either horizontally or vertically (see other pic). However, I have an almost 2" gap if I tile horizontally, probably more if I go vertically. I'd prefer not to put a border or accent tile. Am I going to have to make a zillion cuts? Any suggestions how to do this?

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Unread 12-05-2019, 03:58 PM   #2
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Hi Gigi, welcome.

Yup, only way you'll be able to close that gap is to cut the tile. You're going to need to cut some anyway for the outlets/switches. You might also want to lay a level across that backsplash so ensure it is level before you proceed. And don't forget that you'll need a gap between the top of the backsplash and the bottom row of tile, which you'll then want to fill with a color matched caulk.

If you don't have a wet saw they can be rented, or you can purchase an inexpensive one from one of the big box stores.
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Unread 12-05-2019, 05:07 PM   #3
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Thank you for your reply!!! So I'm understanding you correctly, if I install this horizontally, I only have to cut the tile at the TOP near the cabinet? Meaning I can lay whole tile along the counter top? If so, won't the look weird with the bottom tile being a full size tile and the top only being half size?
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Unread 12-05-2019, 05:31 PM   #4
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Don't forget to add a grout joint at the bottom along the counter. That joint is caulked (not grouted) to allow for expansion and contraction. All grout manufacturers make grout matching caulk.

Yes. The cut tiles go at the top. You've seen this a million times but never paid attention 'cause no one does until they are staring at it.

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Stand in the middle of the kitchen, and notice how you can't even see the bottom of the cabinet/top of the tile. No cut at the bottom will look better.

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1/2 tile won’t be a problem but I’d make sure not to have a sliver of it can be helped. Those are pretty large tiles so they won’t move around unlike mosaic when cutting.

If you want a bigger tile up top, you could also remove that 3-4” granite strip at the bottom there (I kinda hate them). The folks here are right, you won’t notice the top especially when standing.
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