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Unread 04-06-2005, 06:54 AM   #1
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Kitchen Backsplash Questions

We are trying to figure out what we need to do to create our kitchen backsplash. Our new granite (Golden Oak) counter tops have been installed and the wall behind the old backsplash is painted and unpainted standard wall board.
Some of our questions are but definately not limited to these:

Do we need to replace the wallboad with a cement backer or will our tile stick to it fine? We have seen a comment on another forum that regular wallboard will not work because the mastic will cause it to get wet and fall apart.

What is the best type of tile for kitchen backsplah thinking of grease splatter etc.?

Are there paterns out there that can help us decide on how to layout our backsplash?

Can you send us pictures of kitchen backsplashs that you have seen or actually done?

Any more questions we should ask or look into would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much,
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Unread 04-06-2005, 07:57 AM   #2
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Tumbled marble is very common on backsplashes over granite. It comes in many shades and has a nice distressed look that plays well with the shiny smooth of the granite. Tumbled stone comes in many shapes and sizes.
It is natural stone, so it will need to be sealed.
Can you tile over sheetrock.....yes, but im curious what the others have to say about it.

I also like the small glass tiles that come on a sheet. This makes for a stunning backsplash over granite too. All depends on the "look" you want.
look at a lot of tile, bring home samples and look at them for a couple of days.

best of luck.

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Unread 04-06-2005, 08:13 AM   #3
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For ease of cleaning, large smooth tile with tight grout joints works best but I think it looks like hell in most cases. The easiest pattern is a simple straight-bond (stacked in rows and columns). The next in ease is a broken bond or off-set patters (think brick wall). Diagonal set patterns are a little more difficult as they require a lot more cutting and geometry but for a simple backsplash without a lot of features (window, outlets, multiple corners) this can be pretty easy also. Accent tile and liners spice up any project.
It's all a matter of taste here. My advice is to send you to several kitchen showrooms to explore what those designers have put on display. Examine each element seperately. Look at color, texture, size, pattern, accent and detail each as a seperate component and make lists of what you really like and what you really don't. From that list, you can narrow your choices quite a bit.
Have fun and best of luck,
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Unread 04-06-2005, 08:30 AM   #4
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Honed, filled travertine with granite inserts

Tumbled travertine - Durango & Noche - with slate and glass mosaic inserts

Tumbled travertine with a dimentional travertine rope insert

Honed, filled travertine with copper inserts

Ceramic stone-look tiles with copper inserts

Whatever you do, have FUN!

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Hi Rich, You asked for pictures Check out our search engine for backsplashes and counters. See if the thing is still working.

Nice work, Adriana.
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