Now I’ll show you how I implemented them. Below is a picture of a completed backsplash for my condo #3 in Scottsdale.
As you can see, I added a pattern of tiles along the height of the electrical outlets. By carefully placing this pattern at that height, I did not have to cut around the outlet. The outlet just happens to align with the pattern leaving no difficult cuts.
The pattern is also used as a border for the area above the oven. By putting the border there, I don’t have to make an inside cut on my large tile. In fact, this whole backsplash was created using 8 – 16×16 tiles and 6 – 4×12 strips of 2″x2″ mosiac tiles. The total cost for the backsplash was $50.
If I had just used the large 16×16 tiles on the backsplash. This is how it would have turned out. I would have had a difficult U shaped cuts at each outlet and an internal corner cut at the cabinet corners. Instead, by using the mosiac tiles I was able to avoid those cuts.
Here is the finished product. So many people ask how I got it to fit perfectly in the space. Now you know the answer. Let the space dictate your pattern and it will always be the perfect fit. Notice, I also used a few accent mosiac tiles of slightly lighter color to break up the pattern a little. I think it gives it an even more professional look.
Go to part 3, tiling another kitchen backsplash.