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Kitchen Backsplash using Pebble Tile

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When you think about home values there are three critical areas, the exterior landscaping, the master bathrooms and the kitchen. Ah the kitchen, it really is the soul of our homes. It is where the happiest moments of family life are spent and where celebrations are commenced and where almost every party ends up . [...]




 

 

When you think about home values there are three critical areas, the exterior landscaping, the master bathrooms and the kitchen.

Ah the kitchen, it really is the soul of our homes. It is where the happiest moments of family life are spent and where celebrations are commenced and where almost every party ends up . Therefore, every single part of the kitchen should not only be functional but it should also be aesthetically pleasing. It should reveal the homeowners personality and complement the rest of the home’s interior design. Despite its importance, bathroom floors and patios become top priorities when we talk of remodeling and kitchen backsplashes become the least of our concerns.

Not all homeowners are aware that kitchen backsplashes offer certain advantages to the overall function of their kitchen. They not only highlight the ambiance of the area but they also keep the walls dry and make the cleaning of the kitchen countertop an easier job to do. Mosaic tiles, ceramic tiles, wood tiles, stamped metal, and granite tiles are the most common kitchen backsplash materials you can use for remodeling. However, if you’re the “Do-It-Yourself” type of person, pebble tile stones are the perfect kitchen backsplash tiles for you.

Here are some of the advantages that pebble stone tiling has to offer:

  • They are impervious to water and other liquids.
  • They do not easily stain. They are very easy to clean in the long run and don’t need to be replaced for this reason.
  • They are relatively inexpensive compared to other types of tiling, but are as luxurious.
  • They are very durable in high temperatures unlike metals which have a specific melting point and become warped once this is reached.
  • They are very versatile in a sense that they can be used as flooring, walling, etc., unlike other types of tiles whose functions are very limited.

Pebble stones are found in many Southeast Asian islands especially in islands of Indonesia. They are 100% natural and give out an earthly and luxurious ambiance that only natural stones can give. They are now very popular as tiling material for shower walls, patio flooring, and of course, kitchen backsplashes. They usually come in sizes from 25 mm to 75 mm and above. They come in a multitude of color s from white, red, tan, pastel, quarts, and everything in between. Pebble tile installation doesn’t require any special skill. In fact, the technique of pebble tile installation dates back to early Roman period. All you need to have are the proper tools, a whole lot of creativity, and some tips to get you started:

Before you start working on your kitchen backsplash, make sure all electrical power outlets within the area should be turned off at the main circuit breaker so as to avoid any accidents concerning the outlets.

To evenly fit the kitchen backsplash, lay out your tile pattern on the floor before you actually apply them on the wall.

Apply tile grout one small area at a time.

Use a tile saw for cutting stones to fit edges or do like they do in Indonesia and puzzle loose stones into gaps.

Wait for the tiling adhesive to completely dry out before applying the grout and then follow the recommended installation guidelines for getting the grout to the proper level.


 

 

 
 
 

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