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Try This: Mosaic Bathroom Backsplash

Create a unique look for your bathroom at a fraction of the cost with this home project.



Glass globs (also called glass flats, nuggets, pebbles, gems, or half-marbles) are most often used to fill the bottom of a vase. They’re available in a dazzling array of colors and finishes from frosty tumbled textures to pearly iridescent. Find them at craft stores, florist shops, or online at MegaGlass.com.
Glass nuggets can look like a sea of bubbles or a glistening pavé of gemstones. The nuggets at right were set with the rounded tops down into the mastic for a pebbly effect. Those above have the rounded side facing out and appear to be bubbling right out of the wall.
Glass globs (also called glass flats, nuggets, pebbles, gems, or half-marbles) are most often used to fill the bottom of a vase. They’re available in a dazzling array of colors and finishes from frosty tumbled textures to pearly iridescent. Find them at craft stores, florist shops, or online at MegaGlass.com.
1. Cut the clear mounting sheet to the size you need for your backsplash. (We used Mosaic Mount, available at craft stores or stained glass suppliers. It is a flexible transparent sheet that sits on the face of the tile as you install it and is removed after the tile is set into place and the mastic has dried). Pieces larger than 12-inches square are hard to handle once the nuggets are attached, so you may want to make your backsplash or border in several pieces.
2. Position the glass nuggets face down on the mounting sheet. Make sure all the pieces stick firmly.
3. Use a notched trowel to apply tile mastic to the substrate on your wall. Use white mastic and grout so the glass really glistens.
4. Carefully pick up the sheet of glass globs and set it into the mastic with the clear mounting sheet facing you. Allow the mastic to set several hours, then gently remove the clear sheet.
6. Let the grout set up for about 30 minutes, then gently remove the grout from the face of the glass with a damp sponge. Rinse the sponge frequently. When the grout dries, buff your new backsplash with a soft cloth to remove any remaining haze from the grout. Use a grout sealer (we used AFM Safecoat Grout Sealer) to protect your new mosaic.
5. Using a rubber tile float, squeeze a layer of white tile grout into the crevices around the glass globs.
Glass globs (also called glass flats, nuggets, pebbles, gems, or half-marbles) are most often used to fill the bottom of a vase. They’re available in a dazzling array of colors and finishes from frosty tumbled textures to pearly iridescent. Find them at craft stores, florist shops, or online at MegaGlass.com.
Glass globs (also called glass flats, nuggets, pebbles, gems, or half-marbles) are most often used to fill the bottom of a vase. They’re available in a dazzling array of colors and finishes from frosty tumbled textures to pearly iridescent. Find them at craft stores, florist shops, or online at MegaGlass.com.
Glass globs (also called glass flats, nuggets, pebbles, gems, or half-marbles) are most often used to fill the bottom of a vase. They’re available in a dazzling array of colors and finishes from frosty tumbled textures to pearly iridescent. Find them at craft stores, florist shops, or online at MegaGlass.com.
Glass globs (also called glass flats, nuggets, pebbles, gems, or half-marbles) are most often used to fill the bottom of a vase. They’re available in a dazzling array of colors and finishes from frosty tumbled textures to pearly iridescent. Find them at craft stores, florist shops, or online at MegaGlass.com.
Glass globs (also called glass flats, nuggets, pebbles, gems, or half-marbles) are most often used to fill the bottom of a vase. They’re available in a dazzling array of colors and finishes from frosty tumbled textures to pearly iridescent. Find them at craft stores, florist shops, or online at MegaGlass.com.











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