KItchen backsplash tile cut too short and grout line too thick


I just had my back splash installed in my kitchen and the tiler cut one section a bit too short. The grout went up today and the area is thicker then any other areas and very noticeable especially with a dark countertop. Unfortunately it is an area where there would be no appliance in front of it to hide.

Is there any way this can be fixed? Is it possible to remove the grout and put little pieces of tile in that section. I think that would be less noticeable then how it is right now. Any help is greatly appreciated. Also...I notice the tile is not as shiny as it was before the I have to wash it after the grout fully dries? I wanted to attach photos but they said to large to do so and I have no idea how to make smaller...

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I work for a tile and setting materials manufacturer.

Interesting answers that precede mine. For starters, kudos to Mr. Wolf for using latex-modified grout-- the best assurance of color-fast and stain resistance this side of epoxies.

El Toro states that often times, manufacturers mislabel the package. I'd like to know the brand he buys, as my company and my competitors are held up to ISO 9001 standards... and a mislabeled package is a rarity indeed.

On to your issue: you ordered Beige and it looks White. Here's your likely culprit: water. Your grout was mixed in a bucket with-- assumingly-- the recommended amount of water. It probably mixed up Beige in the bucket, kept its shading during install, and dried light. Chances are, some pigment was washed out on the final wash.

But that's just one of about 146 possibilities. There are so many factors-- porous tile, porous thinset, soft water, the grout was not allowed to "slake" before applying, installer rushed the...

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DEAR TIM: My kitchen backsplash is just painted drywall. I am trying to come up with some attractive backsplash ideas, and I keep coming back to a tile backsplash. Do you have to use certain backsplash tiles in a kitchen, or will just about any ceramic tile work? Can you offer any tips and suggestions for kitchen backsplash tile? Dana S., Knoxville, TN

DEAR DANA: It's no surprise to me that you keep gravitating to ceramic tile for your backsplash. A tile backsplash will last for years, and will add beauty to your kitchen. I have installed ceramic tile at backsplash locations between the countertops and the underside of kitchen wall cabinets for years, and each homeowner was dazzled by the final appearance.

This highly-decorative kitchen tile backsplash was installed in one day. Ceramic tile is relatively easy to install if you have the right tools. PHOTO CREDIT: Kelly Carter

Ceramic tile makes sense when you are mulling over backsplash ideas because it is...

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Start by removing any wallpaper or loose paint. Sand the wall and sponge away sanding dust for good adhesion. With the wall clean, tape your mosaic tile sheets in place to check your layout. Cut sheets as needed using a utility knife, cutting the mesh from behind. Work out how you will handle any gap between the tile and the bottom of the wall cabinets. Aim for a gap as close as possible to a half tile. You can start your tiles without a grout line along the countertop or leave a grout line to help close the gap above. Tape sheets in place all the way to the corner, again trying to achieve a gap no larger than a half tile. Mark the location of the sheets as you remove...

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Two Do It Yourself guides on how to install a kitchen backsplash in your home in one day, using adhesive tile matting and the tile style of your choice.


Welcome to our guides to DIYing your kitchen backsplash. We’re going to check out two methods, the first of which will have your tile up and (basically) done in 24 hours, while the other is a more traditional method that will have your backsplash done in just 2 days.

Want to see more backsplash ideas to pick out the perfect style? Check out our kitchen backsplash design gallery!

24 Hour Backsplash

This first section of the guide will have you tiling your new kitchen backsplash in just one day!

Kitchen renovations, even the smallest ones, can stretch out into eternity if you’re doing it on your own. Whether it’s lack of time, inspiration, or sanity that keeps you from finishing what you’ve started right away, this guide can help you find the energy and confidence to...

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In our previous home, we hired a contractor to install subway tile backsplash and replace the laminate countertops.

Both made a huge difference in the kitchen; however, it was the tile backsplash that pulled the whole kitchen together nicely.

Accordingly, we were looking to do something similar in our new kitchen.

We had already gel stained the kitchen cabinets. We took them from an old oak to a modern-looking walnut. The next phrase of our kitchen overhaul was installing tile backsplash.

This time around, however, we did not need a contractor. I made sure to watch our previous guy as he was installing the tiles, asking a lot of questions and trying to learn everything I could. Luckily, he was a real sport about it, and I learned how to install your own tile backsplash.

Therefore, I was confident I could tackle this tile backsplash project.

Here’s a before...

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To avoid scratching the glass tiles, grout with unsanded grout.

After the mortar sets and the tiles have been cleaned of any excess mortar, mix up the unsanded grout to the consistency recommended by the manufacturer’s directions.

Apply the grout with a float, gliding over the tiles at a 45-degree angle . Don’t apply too much pressure or you might sink the tiles into the thin-set or push them out of plumb.

Back off from your work now and again to check that no tiles have moved and everything is in order.

By the time you get to the end of one wall, the first section of tiles should be dry enough to wet sponge. Wipe the grouted tiles clean with a wet sponge, applied at a 45-degree angle, being careful to keep from indenting the grout lines.

When the grout is dry, polish the haze off the tiles with a soft cloth.

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The kitchen backsplash is the last component of the kitchen design. While it does help to keep the wall behind the counters and stove clean, its primary purpose is to be decorative and complete the kitchen's style. The backsplash area is also unique because it is one of the only areas in the home where any material or design can be installed.

Selecting a Backsplash Tile Material

Backsplashes can be covered in any material from glass to stone. Because the wall does not get walked on and is not subjected to large amounts of water like a bathroom shower, any material at all can be used there. Some materials do have special considerations in regards to maintenance and installation, however, which may affect the final decision.

Machine Made Ceramic Tiles

Machine made ceramic tiles are one of the most inexpensive and basic materials for backsplashes. A machine made tile has a clean, straight edge and flat profile. They come in a range of colors and...

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To cut mosaic tiles around outlets and light switches, hold a mosaic tile square in the position it will be once mastic is applied. If doing this job solo, position cans of paint to hold the tile squares in place, so you can mark the location of the outlet.

Mark the edges of the tiles that need to be cut, and then use a utility knife to cut through the mesh backing so that when the mosaic tile square is put into position, the entire outlet is visible. Smaller cuts to the rectangular tiles will be made once the tile squares are actually placed on the wall.

Using the same method that was used for the outlets, mark that tiles need to be removed for partial tile cuts around window sills, sink lip, etc., and them remove with a utility...

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Subway tile is both classic and contemporary. Installing a subway tile backsplash into your kitchen provides both an updated look (that will never go out of style) and a neutral one. There are many variations of how to lay subway tile, but this tutorial is for the classic pattern.Laying tile isn’t terribly difficult, but a few tips and tricks will definitely help to make things easier…and make the end result looking professional. Enjoy!

DIY Level: Intermediate

*Note: The author is an experienced, but not professional, home improvement enthusiast. Neither the author nor Homedit is responsible for any potential damages or harm caused during the process of following this tutorial.

Materials Needed(not all are shown):

Tiles (rule of thumb: 10% more than your square footage)Mastic (tile adhesive)SpacersTrowel and putty knifeTile saw (“snapper” manual tile saw or tile wet saw)GroutFloat and tiling spongesGrout sealerColored sanded caulk that matches...
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Project overview: Planning, materials and tools

Nothing packs more style per square inch than mosaic tile. So if your kitchen's got the blahs, give it a quick infusion of pizzazz with a tile backsplash. Because the small tiles are mounted on 12 x 12-in. sheets, installation is fast. You can install the tile on Saturday and then grout it on Sunday.

Professionals charge about $20 per sq. ft. for installing the tile (plus materials), so you'll save $20 for every sheet you install yourself. The sheets cost $8 to more than $20 each at home centers and tile stores.

The total cost for our backsplash was about $200. Our sheets cost $10 apiece plus adhesive and grout. For an 8-ft. backsplash, you could save about $45 by using a less expensive tile. We chose slate tiles, which sometimes crumble when you cut them. Other types of mosaic tile, especially ceramic tiles, are easier to cut.

In this article, we'll show you how to install the tile sheets. You'll need...

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Yesterday, I covered my timeline for getting the kitchen backsplash covered in subway tile. Tile that is still radiating all of those wonderful “damn, I look GOOD” vibes all over it.

And as promised, here are the full DIY details I learned, tools I used, and some handy tips for executing a subway tile backsplash of your own. I’ve stuck some affiliate links in here, just in case you want to bookmark and buy them online. Fair warning: this is a long post. So go ahead and run to the bathroom, and then come back (and while you’re at it, grab some coffee). If you’ve got crossed legs by the time you’re done reading, well… can’t say I didn’t give you a chance.

How to add a tile backsplash over drywall


Pre-mixed thinset: I bought the bigger bucket available off the shelf from Home Depot and honestly thought I’d bought WAY too much. Nope. I’ll probably need to buy another container of this size before I’m finished with the third & final wall....
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Materials and Tools


To figure out the amount of tile you’ll need, measure the square footage of your backsplash, then add 10 to 20 percent to that total — this will account for waste from trimming or breakage.

Visit a tile showroom for inspiration before you DIY

Adhesives: For most applications, the best adhesive will be thinset, which bonds to drywall, plaster and just about any other porous surface. Thinset is a cement-based adhesive that penetrates the wall as well as the porous back side of the tile. It works well with porcelain, ceramic and glass tile. If you’ve chosen glass tile, use a white adhesive.

Tile spacers: Tile spacers, which will help keep tiles straight and even on the wall, come in all shapes and sizes. These spacers can be found with the tile in your local hardware store. Keep it simple when picking out a spacer to use — if you’ve chosen a sheet of small tile, make sure your spacers fit the layout of your...

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With an influx of affordable tiles hitting the market, and an overabundance of DIY shows on television, you'd think it would be a cinch to install your own backsplash. But beware: just because it looks easy, doesn't mean there aren't plenty of chances to do it incorrectly. Here are the biggest mistakes homeowners make when DIYing their own backsplashes and how you can avoid having a backsplash nightmare in your own kitchen.

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Mistake #1: Not measuring correctly. At first glance a kitchen backsplash looks simple and straightforward—and parts of it might be. But consider the outlets, the water tap above the stove, or the window ledge. Each of these elements must be measured and accounted for. Make sure you note the proper height and thickness needed for the backsplash. If you choose a slab of marble for the backsplash, for example, you may need to have the thickness reduced so as not to impede on the countertop depth or interfere...

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The first step to putting tiles up on a wall is actually not putting tiles up on the wall! In other words, the majority of your work takes place beforehand in the preparation stages.

That Miracle Tool: Painter's Tape

My first tile secret weapon is painter's tape. Although you may have known you can use it to tape off where your countertop meets the wall, did you realize you can also use it as a super simple way to create a straight edge when you're not using a border tile?

I used the outer edge of... my countertop as a guide and ran a piece of tape straight up the wall, checking the line with a ruler and level. I used this tape as a visual guide to ensure I had straight edges by simply 'tiling within the lines' as I went. No need to stop and check throughout the process!

Protecting Your Countertops

After taping off your edges, you'll need to protect your countertops, and as you can see, that protection doesn't need to be fancy! We had just...

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Welcome to the final day of tile week here on the blog! We know tiling a kitchen backsplash can be kind of an intimidating process, but it is totally possible to DIY. So to help, we’ve been walking through our tiling project this week and sharing everything we’ve learned in the process! We started on Monday with choosing tile, then walked through the installation step by step on Wednesday. Today we’re back with 50 quick tips to help make your next tile project easier and hassle-free! Since Donnie does most of the grunt work around here, I’ll let him take over…

A huge thanks to for providing the tile for our kitchen renovation! Our favorable opinion of beautiful, high-quality tile is 100% our own. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see our disclosures here.

I’ve certainly learned a lot while doing tile projects throughout the years, so I’ve tried to compile all of the little tips and tricks I’ve learned all in one...

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By Todd Fratzel on Kitchens

Grouting Kitchen Backsplash Tiles

As we continue to document the Kitchen Backsplash project that we’re doing this month we wanted to spend this article showing you how to grout the joints between the tiles on a backsplash. If you’re just finding this article now you can read our previous articles on how to tile a kitchen backsplash at the following links:

Once you’ve installed all the tiles (How To Install Backsplash Tile) and let the thinset or mastic cure you’ll need to fill all the joints with grout. As you can see in the adjacent photo we installed our tiles with 1/8 inch spacers. The spacers create the grout joint which now needs to be filled with an appropriate grout.

Before getting into the details of how we grouted the tile joints I wanted to point out a couple of features with our decorative accent tiles. We chose a decorative tile that runs around the entire kitchen in the third row of tiles. The tile...

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Planning and Setup

For this project, we chose the sleek staple of ceramic wall tile, the white subway tile, to give the project a clean, retro look. The 3” x 6” subway tile is a porcelain tile with a smooth finish that is ideal for kitchen backsplashes. One feature of the tile is a built-in spacer system that leaves a slender 1/8” space between the tiles for the grout joint.

Measure the area you want to cover and determine the total surface area for your project. You will want to order about 10% more than the area to cover so you have enough pieces for any cuts and accidental breakages. Also be sure to calculate for any trim tile at borders, accents, and edges to ensure you get all the types of tile you need. Our subway tile has companion bullnose pieces with a rounded edge that we’ll use for a nice finish at the exposed edges.

Consider the wall surface to which you’ll be attaching the tile as well. For typical application over standard drywall, such...

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The kitchen is the hardest-working room in the house, with cabinets, counters, and appliances filling nearly every square inch. Yet one of its most visible surfaces, the backsplash wall, typically garners no more attention than a tub of tofu at a Texas barbecue. Here's how to use tile to transform this blank wall into an eye-catching focal point.

Visit any home center or tile showroom and you'll find wall tiles in dozens of colors, styles, and patterns. The most popular choices for a backsplash include glazed-ceramic tile and glass tile. Both have nonporous surfaces that are impervious to staining and easy to clean. Natural stone tile, especially tumbled marble, is also popular for backsplashes, but before grouting you must seal the marble's porous surface to increase its stain resistance.

When shopping for tile, keep in mind that most backsplash walls are about 12 inches high, so it makes sense to use 3- or 4-inch tiles,...

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A lot of you have been reading my Airstone-on-the-tub post, so I’ve got another awesome Airstone project to share with you…in my friend Amy’s house! I offered to help her install it in the kitchen as a backsplash.

Amy’s got a great big kitchen, which makes standard tile an expensive choice. But with Airstone, we were able to do the large backsplash for a few hundred bucks in about 6 hours!

Since I already talked about the basics of installation in my last post (the only thing different here is the type of adhesive), I wanted to talk a little bit about tiling in general. When I was working with Amy, she asked some questions as a first-timer that I wouldn’t have thought of myself. So here goes it.

For the most natural look, I like to punctuate series of long pieces with short pieces-rather than the other way around.

That means a few things, 1) sometimes it looks better to cut a longer piece a little shorter to fill a space, then to...

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Hello Friends, today I’m sharing my newly installed, coastal inspired, DIY Tile Backsplash.

You might remember I installed a DIY tile backsplash some years ago and shared here on the blog about it.
You can read all about it and see it, here, “Kitchen Tile Backsplash“.

I decided to go a different route with application and products this time.
I’ll share a products list below with affiliate links, you can see my disclosure here.

Today is also my husband’s and my 26th wedding anniversary. How in the world?
Wow time goes by so quickly. I’m just so thrilled and thankful to be able to spend it with him. :)

Here’s a video I shared last year for our 25th. (aww, I just rewatched for the first time since I created it last year…I’m in tears. My babies are grown, and loved ones gone, so bittersweet are the memories of time gone by)

Okay, you ready to see the new tile?

I’ve also since painted the the area above the cabinets.

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Okay now for the fun part, I've told you about the grimmy part and the LONG race to, well, nothing part, well I guess that long race ends right here, when we decided to make some last minute changes before the move!

I told you that we couldn't paint our cabinets under strict instructions from our Realtor (yes, we hired a rental agent to help us get our house rented, I don't think they have them in every state, but it was worth it to us in our time crunch, I am happy we did it!)

So I had to decide what simple changes we could make to our kitchen, for the biggest impact fastest turn around and keep it super affordable. I decided that I wanted to use white subway tile on the back splash. But can I admit something? I HATE, HATE ,HATE IT when a kitchen has the short 4 inch back splash(counter material) then another material back splash above it. It is just a personal pet peeve, I wouldn't judge someone for having that, but I prefer a full back splash So, if you are doing...

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Use Stencil Designs To Create A Faux Tile Backsplash

Good morning, my Cutting Edge Stencils friends. A tiled kitchen backsplash can be super expensive and a hassle to install. Don’t worry you don’t have to toss your pretty patterned tile dreams aside. We want you to consider using a tile stencil to achieve the same effect. Today we’re sharing a kitchen makeover with a stenciled faux tile backsplash using our Fabiola Tile Stencil. Let’s take a look…

We’d like to introduce Joeleen Davis, a creative Cutting Edge Stencils fan. She has been working on a kitchen update. Here is what it looked like before the update.

Since this was a budget friendly kitchen makeover, Joeleen decided to paint a faux tile backsplash using the Fabiola Tile pattern. The faux tile pattern is based on traditional Portuguese Azulejos tile designs.

The wall was already painted white so Joeleen was ready to start stenciling once she had her pattern in hand....

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So, your kitchen is clean, but you can't help but notice that painted wall backsplash, and how it is peeling, and really should have tiles or something funky. But you just can't afford to hire someone to tile it, or update it. You need a cheap kitchen backsplash.

So, you go armed with the measurements of the backsplash, and you head to the home improvement store, where they show you tumbled stone tiles that cost more than the kitchen, not to mention someone to install them, and then you turn around and come home, because you realize, just how much this is all going to cost, and figure you will just live with it a while longer and maybe throw another coat of paint on it.

But there is a cheap kitchen backsplash idea, that is affordable, and looks good when it is done. So, if you don't mind rolling up your sleeves, here is a cheap kitchen backsplash idea, that is only cheap in price. The finished product looks amazing! Totally gives your kitchen that finished...

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DEAR TIM: I think a tile backsplash would be a great way to make my bathroom look better. Do you have to buy special backsplash tile? I'm open to any backsplash tile ideas including a glass tile backsplash. If you were installing a ceramic tile backsplash, how would you do it, and what are the pitfalls you would avoid? Do I need any special tools or skills to complete this job? Amber C., Newark, OH

DEAR AMBER: Tile backsplashes in bathrooms or kitchens are a great idea. I like them for all sorts of reasons. First, they are almost entirely waterproof. Furthermore, because tiles come in all sorts of textures, colors, patterns, etc. the tile backsplash can become a dramatic accent focal point. This is especially true when the countertop is natural stone like granite or marble or a man-made stone composite.

Special tile is not required for this job, but you may want to consider it. Regular flat tile that is common in many bathrooms will work, but you have to make sure you...

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Watch video of this step.

Wall tiles are typically thinner and lighter in weight than floor tiles. Many are made with built-in spacer on their edges, also known as lugs (image 2). If your tiles don't have lugs, ask your tile dealer for the proper size plastic spacers. Using spacers between the tiles will help maintain the proper gap and prevent the tiles from slipping downward before the adhesive sets up. The mastic will not adhere to the spacers; they can easily be removed and discarded before the joints are filled or grouted.

The backsplash space between a countertop and wall cabinets usually can be filled with two or three horizontal tile rows, depending on the size of your tiles. Because tiles create a grid-like pattern, try to choose tiles that fit this space — wall installations look better when they are vertically even and symmetrical from end to end. Bull-nose or edge tiles of various sizes are also available to finish edges, fill gaps or to avoid having to...

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It seems that some decisions are made without even thinking, and some I agonize over, changing my mind every 10 minutes. The backsplash is one of those.

We've made some changes that I'm not sure I'm going to like, but it's done now. We've eliminated the double oven cabinet and put the 27" oven in a base cabinet and the microwave in a upper. That will give us more counter space, but it also changes my backsplash ideas.

Originally I had planned to put granite behind the cooktop only, and beadboard beside it. While I think I would really like beadboard, I don't know that it would look right, or help sell when the time comes.

My kitchen cabinets will be similar to this color. The vent hood cabinet will go to the ceiling, but the others will have a soffit above, probably painted white. I haven't picked a granite or floor tile yet, but I think they will be similar to this photo also, or a little lighter. My walls will be lighter too, and I have a galley style, no...

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“What is subway tile?” This is one of the most common questions consumers ask when thinking about using tile for a home project or upgrade. Stemming from the early 1900’s, these tiles were used in the New York City subway system. Their long rectangular shape, “pencil thin,” grout lines, and shiny white color made them an instant hit back then and they have only been gaining popularity since.

In fact, using them in the home today, is one trend that won’t be changing anytime soon and for many good reasons. So we’ve compiled a guide to give you some inspiration and ideas on why and how to use them along with some tips and other useful information on this uniquely shaped option.

Why Use Subway Tile?

Designed To Brighten Up Dim Spaces

Subway tile was designed to bring light to the dark underground subway system and all of their features were hand picked to help them accomplish this. That is why they were originally white in color and had a...

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I wanted to revive this old thread and see if you can help me with a similar question.

For a kitchen remodel, I want to upgrade my drywall jambs, and redo my window trim entirely. I ripped out all the drywall in the kitchen window and am back to the rough framed opening.

My plan is to build a craftsman style window complete with poplar jambs, maple stool, and 1x4's with an eased edge for casing. As the window will have wide casings, a larger apron and deep stool as I have a 5" deep window area, my question is similar:

When do I tile the backsplash? Since I have already torn out all the old apron and jamb/etc. I got to thinking that I could backsplash now, (or after the stool is installed, but before the apron and casings). The challenge I see, is my tile-line will only run midway up the window, so only part of the casing will be in the "tile zone". If I ran tile under the stool and a part of the casing, I'm concerned about the uneven wall surface/gap.


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While granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops, the high cost of materials and installation can put a big dent in your home improvement budget. A less expensive alternative to a pricey granite slab is to use 12” x 12” granite tiles instead.

Not only do granite tiles make an attractive and durable countertop, they’re easy to apply and weigh much less than a solid granite top, making it a perfect DIY project.

Tools Needed:

Level Square Tape measure Safety glasses Carbide tipped scoring tool Circular saw Drill with screwdriver bits Jigsaw Notched trowel Rubber padded grout float Sponge Stone polisher (rent) Tile saw (rent)

Materials Needed:

1/4 x 12” x 12” granite tiles 3/4” plywood...
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