Tumbled Stone Backsplash

Tumbled Stone BacksplashAre you looking for more distinctive ideas to renovate your kitchen? What about a new kitchen area backsplash? If you are tired of traditional possibilities, you may consider installing tumbled stone backsplash. One of the great things about using tumbled rock to create a backsplash or flooring is that the tumbling process turns the harsh and natural state of the rock and creates a smooth, polished look with it.

It is very important to research the different types of rocks available to see which ones is the most suited for your kitchen and living area. Regardless of the type of stone you choose, the complete backsplash will be stunning and admired.

Types of Tumbled Stone Backsplash

When you are designing a kitchen tumbled stone backsplash, it is recommended to use a 6″ x 6″ size tile. Many prefer to use tumbled stone for a number of reasons. First, using 6” x 6” means you have fewer tiles to install. This means less cuts and fabrications. Smaller sizes will require a bit more work in installation. Another advantage of tumbled stone backsplash is that it is generally softer, making it quite easy to cut. In addition, it provides a more expensive look than ceramic. Lastly, the cost is about the same as ceramic.

Tumbled Stone Backsplash Layout Designs

Tumbled Stone Backsplash KitchenThe most common design is to place them side by side creating bigger “squares”. By doing so, the tiles are directly next to an d above each other. Most area’s between the counter and the cabinet is about 18″. This is assuming you do not have a 4″ backsplash already there. Since you are using 6″ x 6″ tiles, you can go 3 tiles high with no cutting. For leaving space for the grout, the 6″ tiles are slightly less than 6″ just to accommodate a 1/8 inch grout line.

The next easiest design is the “brick” format. The first row is the same as the “square” layout, while alternating rows are placed 1/2 tile over. Rows one and three should line up exactly. Find the middle of each area to be tiled and draw a vertical straight line from top to bottom. You always start here and tile out so any cuts will be on the ends and the wall will have a balanced look. These 2 are the most often used designs. Though conventional in style, these designs will not be disappointing.

Deco’s – You can add deco’s more easily to the 6″ x 6″ “square” layout as it only requires “nipping” the ends of 4 adjacent tiles every foot or so. You can use a couple sheets of 1″ x 1″ multicolored stones set on a 12″ x 12″ mesh and cut them with a scissors to 4″ x 4″ inserts. A tip here is to lay out 4 tiles in a square and place your deco in the middle on the diagonal. Then, mark the cuts needed with a pencil.

Tumbled Stone Backsplash Installation

Making the Cuts
Mark all your cuts and use a wet saw if available. Another way to get the perfect fitment is to approach a few tile stores and ask if they will cut them for you. The overall costs will be much cheaper if you decide to install the tumbled stone backsplash by yourself. A typical kitchen is 30SQ feet and installation for these tumbled stone backsplash has the potential to run from $900-$1200.

Additional Installation Tips
Marble Tumbled Stone BacksplashMake sure the surface is smooth and always clean. Eliminate any sort of dust prior to installing.
Use ready-made adhesive in a can rather than the type you have to mix. Its easier to apply and less work.
Use un-sanded grout instead of sanded as it is smoother, looks better and cleans up easier.
Use 1/8 inch spacers for a neater look and needs less grout.
Select a grout similar in color to the tile so the grout merges in the background.
Wait 24 hours after setting the tile before applying the grout.
Don not apply too much adhesive, a thin coat will work well and much easier to handle.
When ordering your tile, order about 10% more in quantity to allow for breakages and extras.

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